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Using Chemical Strippers

Using Chemical Strippers

Not long ago, using strippers to remove paint, varnish, and other old finishes was a really nasty, smelly business. Today, there are many brands of strippers that have low odors, clean up with water, and generally are safer to work with than in days gone by. You can get liquid...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Complete Wall Prep

Complete Wall Prep

No amount of paint, no matter how high its quality, will cover flaws in the wall beneath or adhere well to dirty walls. Thus, proper preparation, whether for a single coat of paint or decorative paint finish, is the most important step of any painting project.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Embossed Stencilling

Embossed Stencilling

Add an elegant embossed design to the wall with dimensional stenciling. Also called relief stenciling, this effect is created by applying joint compound to a stencil pattern using a trowel or blade. (You could also use Venetian plaster.) After the joint compound is dry, the base...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 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

False Stair Tread and Riser Kit

False Stair Tread and Riser Kit

The perfect solution to revive your stairs. The red oak false stair tread and riser kit installs over your existing stairs for a quick and easy makeover. Designed for open and closed stringer staircase. False treads and risers can be trimmed to fit opening and can be finished...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 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

Patching Peeling Paint

Patching Peeling Paint

When old paint chips, flakes or peels, it leaves behind a shallow depression. You'll need to repair these spots before painting – new coats of paint won't hide the indentations. Use a fast-drying patching compound to fill the hole.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Patching Small Holes in Wallboard

Patching Small Holes in Wallboard

Small holes are defined as those that are less than about 2 inches in diameter. There's no need to make a wallboard patch for these little holes because a peel-and-stick repair patch works just great and provides a quick and professional looking repair.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

Installing Baseboard - Part 2: Installing Baseboard Along the Second and Third Walls

Installing Baseboard - Part 2: Installing Baseboard Along the Second and Third Walls

The moulding installed on the first wall in Part 1 was cut square on both ends. In Part 2, the moulding for the second and third walls will have to be mitred and coped before installation.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Installing Panelling

Installing paneling

4x8 sheets of paneling are a quick way to repair or dress up walls. Panels expand and contract with changes in humidity, so they need time acclimate and acquire the same moisture content as the room. Stack them on the floor with spacers in between. After 72 hours, you can start...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour