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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How To Paint Walls

Painting your walls a nice fresh color can do wonders for your rooms and for the way you feel but, it’s not easily done so be sure to do it right the first time.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

How To Brighten Your Faded Ceilings

One of the easiest ways to brighten up the rooms in your home is to paint your ceilings. After 4 or 5 years in a home, a quick coat of paint on the ceilings makes a huge difference. You just don’t realize how faded and discolored they can become over time. Smoke from the kitchen and heating unit adds up and because ceilings are usually painted with a flat paint they tend to fade after a few years.  Here are some tips on how to add new life to your ceiling.

Monday, November 03, 2008

How To Paint Inside Trim

The first thing to do is decide whether you want to use latex or oil based paint.  Latex is easier to work with, but in my opinion oil looks better and is stronger. Some people will say it’s ok to put latex over oil with proper prep work but I’ve redone so many projects that were done this way because of chipping,  I’d recomend against it.  Using oil base paints you don’t have to worry about that and in my opinion you get a better job. Oil isn’t that difficult to work with after you get used to it.

How To Stain Wood

Staining in the home is generally most easily done with a simple oil base stain. It’s just brushed on and wiped off. Staining is kind of “what you see is what you get”. If the wood your staining isn’t stain grade it will show every imperfection, joint, or color variation inherent in the wood. If you want smooth consistent color you need to start with wood or wood trim pieces made from a single piece. There are also woods that the grain is so varied that when stained will look many different colors, like Pine for instance. Sometimes you need to apply multiple coats to get the look you want.