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Getting to Know Wallpaper-Removal Techniques

New wallcovering can transform a room, going from boring to beautiful. But before you can determine the best approach to removing wallpaper, you need to know the type of wallcovering and the type of wall [more…]

Estimating How Much Paint to Buy

Before you begin painting your home's interior walls, ceiling, woodwork, doors, or windows, you need to estimate the amount of paint you'll use. Estimates require specific calculations for each surface [more…]

How to Pick Paint Colors

Picking paint colors can get confusing, but you don’t need to hire a decorator. Use these professional tips for choosing paint colors to turn your home into a haven. [more…]

How to Deal with Your Home's Ceiling Popcorn

Popcorn ceilings are textured, acoustic ceilings that are sprayed on and that resemble popcorn or cottage cheese when they dry. Homebuilders put in popcorn ceilings because theyr’e fast and inexpensive [more…]

How to Get an Even Coat of White Paint on a White Ceiling

When applying white paint on a white ceiling, it’s hard to identify missed spots. Getting an even coat of white paint on a white ceiling is tough not only because it’s hard to see what you’ve covered with [more…]

How to Choose a Paint Roller

A roller is a roller, right? Not quite. Knowing how to choose the right paint roller can save you time. Choosing the right paint roller requires a good understanding of what your project requires. [more…]

How to Clean Latex Paint from Paint Brushes

Savvy DIYers know how to clean a paintbrush to retain its longevity. To clean latex paint from brushes, use just soap and water (latex paint is water-based). Clean paintbrushes before the paint has a chance [more…]

Estimating How Much Paint to Buy for Walls

Estimating how much paint to buy is important whether you paint an entire room or a single wall. Estimating paint depends on the amount of wall you want to cover and how coarse the wall is. Make sure that [more…]

How to Paint Vinyl Floors

Painting vinyl floors is an inexpensive way to refurbish your stained or outdated floor. Knowing how to paint vinyl floors can make the difference between a stylish statement and a mess. [more…]

Tools You Need for a Basic Paint Project

Painting tools come in various shapes and sizes; however, you only really need the following tools for a basic paint project. If you decide that you plan to do a lot of painting, you can start to look [more…]

How to Clean a Ceiling

Just like any other surface, ceilings should be cleaned and prepped before painting. Consider the following tips to find out how to clean a ceiling properly. [more…]

Determining How Much Wall Paint You Need

To avoid having too much leftover wall paint, use these formulas to determine how much paint to buy when you start your home improvement painting project. [more…]

DIY Wall Paint Calculator

To determine how much paint to buy for your DIY job (if you're in a country that's adopted the metric system), find the square meterage of the area you plan to paint and divide by the number of square [more…]

How to Wallpaper Corners

Hanging wallpaper is a good do-it-yourself project, but wallpapering corners to make them look perfect can be a challenge. Get great results on wallpapering inside and outside corners by following these [more…]

What to Plan Before Hanging Wallpaper

If you’re hanging wallpaper, careful planning will improve your chances for success. Before you hang the first strip, determine where you want the seams to be and figure out to to deal with uneven ceilings [more…]

How to Activate Wallpaper Paste

After you cut the first drop of your wallpaper, it’s time to activate the paste on a prepasted wallcovering or apply paste to an unpasted wallcovering. The procedures are generally quite straightforward [more…]

How to Hang Wallpaper

After you have planned how to hang the paper and activated the wallpaper paste, it’s time to get to the actual wallpaper hanging. To hang the prepared wallpaper, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Trim Wallpaper

After you hang your wallpaper, you need to trim it to add a professional look to those awkward spots around the edges. Trim the wallpaper allowance at the ceiling and baseboard by using a breakaway razor [more…]

How to Make Wallpaper Seams and Corners Look Perfect

When you're hanging wallpaper, the seams and corners can present problems. Don’t despair. If you follow these tips, you can have seams and corners that look professional. For a perfect seam, the seaming [more…]

How to Cut Strips of Wallpaper

Cutting wallpaper into strips involves two steps: First, you rough-cut the wallpaper and then trim the wallpaper in place for a precise fit. When you rough-cut, first draw the paper, design side up, onto [more…]

How to Clean Oil Paint from Paint Brushes

You’ve finished painting, so now it’s time to clean the oil paint from paintbrushes. Use solvent (paint thinner) to clean oil paint from paintbrushes; soap and water won’t work. Cleaning paintbrushes before [more…]

How to Use a Paint Roller on a Wall

Knowing how to use a paint roller can help you eliminate streaks in your paint finish. Applying paint with a roller can cut painting time by almost half. Using proper roller technique can help you save [more…]

How to Cut In Edges of a Wall with a Paint Brush

Before you begin painting walls, cut in the edges with a paint brush. Cutting in means that you use a paint brush to paint areas that are too tight for rollers [more…]

How to Paint Wood Floors

Knowing how to paint wood floors can make the difference between a stylish statement and a mess. The thought of painting wood floors can be scary, but if your hardwood floor is damaged [more…]

How to Paint Concrete Floors

Painting concrete floors is a great way to dress up, seal, or protect this sturdy flooring. Knowing how to paint concrete floors can make the difference between a stylish statement and a mess. [more…]

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