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Masking Wood Trim

Masking Wood Trim

You can paint like a pro if you mask your work. Use pre-gummed masking paper or wide masking tape to protect anything you don't want splattered or painted over. Masking is a great way to paint adjacent surfaces, like where door or window trim of one colour meets wallboard...

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Skill: Beginner

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Painting a Door (While Attached)

Painting a Door (While Attached)

Exterior doors are heavy and can be awkward to move – you'll usually find it easier to paint them in place instead of trying to take them off their hinges. However, removing the doorknob and latch bolt makes the job a whole lot faster and neater.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Rustic

Rustic

This textured effect is created with joint compound, producing a stuccolike appearance. Look for a joint compound with a slow setting time; premixed compound may be too brittle when it dries and will chip. When applying, use a plaster knife or trowel and place a generous portion...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Mitring Border Corners

Mitring Border Corners

If you're making your wallpaper border into a frame around a door or window, you'll need to deal with some right angles. That means mitring your border so the corners look good. The key is to get your border nice and flat before you make your mitre cuts. That way, the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Grass Cloth

Grass Cloth

A grass-cloth finish mimics the look of the popular wallcovering, but gives you the freedom to choose colors that suit your décor. To create the effect, drag a notched squeegee horizontally through. Starting in a corner or beside a doorway provides a straight edge to guide...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Using a Heat Gun

Using a Heat Gun

Heat guns are a great way to remove old paint, varnish and other finishes. They are especially good at taking off multiple layers of paint – all at once! As you use the heat gun, the paint softens and bubbles up, making it easy to remove it with a metal scraper. As you might...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

Strié

Strié

Strié is a subtly textured finish that mimics the look of an elegant wallcovering or fine fabric. This simple technique consists of nothing more than dragging a dry brush vertically through wet glaze that has been applied over a base color. The glaze must be wet for the ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Linen

Linen

Add a touch of elegance to plain walls with the woven look of linen. For this effect, a dry linen weaver brush is dragged horizontally, then vertically through wet glaze, exposing the base coat colour. Use a light touch on the brush for a more delicate effect. This technique ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Ragging Off

Ragging Off

Ragging off introduces a mottled texture similar to sponging but softer. To achieve this finish, roll glaze over a base-coat color and then quickly remove it with a damp cotton cloth. Reshaping the cloth can produce an assortment of textures. Before starting on a wall, practice...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Aging

Aging

Aging is a popular effect that gives walls the illusion of a timeworn, textured finish. Paints are applied using a brush and trowel and then blended with a damp sea sponge. When applying the paint, avoid flattening the trowel but allow it to catch on the surface, depositing the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Blocks

Blocks

Blocks of color turn boring walls into exciting focal points and can supply character to a room with no architectural features or details. The blocks can be uniform in size and shape, or you can vary the sizes and combine squares and rectangles. The trick is to create a visually...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Faux Venetian Plaster

Faux Venetian Plaster

Mimic the timeworn look of plastered wall by applying layers of undiluted paint with a trowel. The paint layers give the wall a textured look that is actually smooth to the touch. Start at the top of the wall and work down toward the floor. Watch for drips that run down the surface...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours