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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

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

Painting Soffits and Fascia

Painting Soffits and Fascia

Soffits are the flat areas right under the eaves. It may seem like they're out of the weather, but they collect a lot of dirt and gunk along the way, and they're a favorite hangout for bees' nests and spider webs. Make sure soffits are clean before paintingthem.

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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

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

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

Harlequin Diamonds

Harlequin Diamonds

Harlequin diamonds are a wonderfully versatile pattern. In a child's room, they have a happy energetic effect suggesting the pattern on a clown's costume. In a dining room or living room, a diamond motif is classic and formal without being stuffy. Plan the design so that...

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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

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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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

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

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

 
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