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Painting & Staining

Applying natural clay plaster to wall.

Alternative Wall Surfaces and Decorative Finishes

There are an almost endless list of alternatives for plain painted walls from faux finishes and chalkboard paint to textured walls and magnetic paint. Read on to find out more.

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Caulking siding joints.

How To Caulk Effectively

Home centers now dedicate an entire aisle to caulk. As a result, confusion reigns when it’s time to do a very simple job, but caulking doesn’t need to be complicated. Read on to find out what type of caulk to use where.

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Painter painting trim on outside of house.

Hiring A Professional Painter

It doesn’t take much more than a brush, bucket and ladder to get into the painting business. To get the quality paint job you’re paying for, ask these questions and make sure your contract is very specific.

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Painting pink plastic flamingo.

How to Paint or Stain Almost Anything

There are many surfaces around the home that you may not have thought to paint, or may not have been entirely sure how to go about it, including concrete, metal, and plastic. Read on to find out how.

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Roof Painting Platform

If you’ve ever painted dormers or half gables on the outside of a house you know that resting a paint can while working on a rooftop can really be tricky. Our solution: create a triangular platform with an angle opposite the roof (a bevel gauge and level will show you what the level needs to be).

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Joe Truini attaching masking tape to drop cloth and trim.

Keeping Drop Cloths in Place When Painting a Room

Watch this video to find out how to keep drop cloths against walls when painting a room to prevent paint from getting on the floor.

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Making a flexible caulking tube nozzle extension with a straw and duct tape.

DIY Flexible Caulking Tube Nozzle Extension

Watch this video to find out how to make a flexible caulking tube nozzle extension from a drinking straw and duct tape to allow you to apply caulking in hard to reach areas.

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Slide paint roller off frame to paint close to corners and edges.

Tips for Rolling Paint in Corners and Storing Wet Paint Rollers

Watch this video for simple tips to allow painting close to corners and edges with a paint roller, and how to keep wet paint rollers from drying out.

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