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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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