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Priming is Essential

Priming is Essential

Priming helps ensure a professional-looking paint job. It isn't just a way to sell you one more paint product, and it isn't just watered-down paint. Primer is a specially formulated product designed to: increase adhesion, help the finish coat develop maximum sheen, give...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

Double Rolling

Double Rolling

Using twin rollers rather than brushes or rags offers beginners an easy way to get a colour-washed effect. Double rolling is nearly as fast as rolling on a single colour. The only tricky part is cutting in the corners to match the mottled effect on the rest of the wall. One secret...

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Skill: Beginner

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Denim

Denim

The denim wall finish mimics the casual, worn texture of the popular fabric. The technique requires a tinted glaze mixture and two faux-finishing tools-a denim weaver brush and a denim check roller. It's a good technique to try if you're a beginner because it's hard...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Preparing Woodwork for Painting

Preparing Woodwork for Painting

Prepping woodwork for painting isn't difficult, but wood trim and other details can have lots of little hills and valleys. You'll need to clean, patch, and sand the woodwork before you can paint it, so a little patience is needed to make sure the job comes out looking...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Painting Jambs, Casings and Trim

Painting Jambs, Casings and Trim

Painting the trim around exterior doors requires special care so you don't get paint on the door itself or on nearby trim. Remember, this is the entrance to your house–you'll want it to look especially nice. As with all exterior trim, select a top quality exterior...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Combed Stripes

Combed Stripes

The combed-stripe technique, created by combing overlapping S curves within taped-off stripes, can simulate the look of moire ribbon or can simply add a lively sense of movement to ordinary stripes. The pattern is created by dragging a notched comb through wet glaze that has ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Painting Walls

Painting Walls

Changing the colour scheme in a room is the fastest and least expensive decorating touch on the market. If you are radically changing the colour or are applying a much darker colour, a second coat is essential, and a third may be necessary to completely cover a wall. Start painting...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 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

Painting Exterior Windows

Painting Exterior Windows

When it comes to painting the outside of your windows, look for a quality exterior trim paint. Trim paint is specially formulated to be tough and long-lasting. When you're painting, don't worry about getting some paint on the glass. Just wait until it's dry, then ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Distressing

Distressing

Add decades to the appearance of furniture by using a distressed finish. For this technique, a wood-graining tool is dragged in a rocking motion across an area glazed in light and dark hues, simulating the real-life ear and tear of aged furniture. It's important that the surface...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours