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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

Priming and Painting Walls

Priming and Painting Walls

Although priming is vital to a lasting finish and a great-looking room, there are also sound economic reasons for a good priming job. If you spend $30 for a gallon of designer paint, you don't want to see stains or discolouration bleeding through because you didn't take...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

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

Allover Stenciling

Allover Stenciling

Stenciling is one of the oldest techniques for decorating walls. Before the mid-1800s, stenciling was actually less expensive than wallpaper. Now, even though wallpaper is economical, there are still good reason's to opt for an allover stencil pattern: You have complete control...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

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

Painting Window Frames

Painting Window Frames

It seems like there's always a window in need of painting, whether you're matching a new room scheme or just sprucing things up. The actual painting isn't difficult, but you should know what you're getting into before you start. If you can, remove the window frames...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

 
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