Painting & Wallpapering Methods & Techniques

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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 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 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…]

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…]

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…]

How to Clean Alkyd Paint from Paint Brushes

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

How to Clean Oil Paint from Roller Covers and Cages

Clean oil paint from paint-roller covers and cages before the paint dries — it’s the best way to maintain the paint-roller covers and cages. Oil-based paint comes clean only with solvent, such as paint [more…]

How to Clean Latex Paint from Roller Covers and Cages

Maintain your painting equipment by cleaning latex paint from roller covers and cages before the paint dries. Cleaning latex paint from roller covers and cages isn’t much harder than doing dishes. All [more…]

How to Clean Alkyd Paint from Roller Covers and Cages

Clean alkyd paint from roller covers and cages before the paint dries. Use solvent (like paint thinner) to clean alkyd paint from roller covers and cages, because plain soap and water don’t work. [more…]

How to Paint Stripes on Walls

Painting stripes on walls can add interest to a space. If you know how to paint stripes on walls you can create the impression of randomness or order, depending on the patterns you choose. [more…]

How to Paint Trim and Doors

Although it's important for the body of a house to look nice, pay special attention when painting the trim, windows, and doors. These elements attract the most attention and are the most vulnerable to [more…]

How to Paint Windows and Shutters

Painting windows and shutters can be tricky, but necessary. Proper painting technique isn't difficult to learn, and it will help your home look better longer. [more…]

How to Paint Ceilings and Walls

Interior ceiling and wall painting is a project that's best divided into two: cutting in and rolling. (Having two people do the work is nice — especially if you're not one of them!) One person uses a brush [more…]

How to Paint Interior Doors

Doors take a lot of use and abuse, so when painting them, choose a durable finish that has a semigloss or gloss sheen. Semigloss or gloss makes cleaning easier and holds up to frequent cleaning. You need [more…]

How to Make a Small Bathroom Feel Larger

You don't have to add space to your bathroom to make it feel larger. Contrasting colors cut up space, so to make a space appear larger, use one color with variations of it to create an open and balanced [more…]

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