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Painting Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows
- "Green" Paint: Sherwin-Williams Emerald
With its new eco-minded Emerald paints and ColorCast Eco Toners, Sherwin-Williams gives homeowners more high-performi...
- 10 Creative Uses for Chalkboard Paint
To the surprise of no one, chalkboard paint is exactly as it sounds: when you use it to paint a wall, that wall becom...
- 12 "Expert Picks" for Fail-Safe Colors
Here are twelve neutrals that color experts and designers rank as their top "fail-safe" picks.
- 5 Easy Steps to a Successful Paint Makeover
This square mahogany table has a beautiful shape and fretwork sides, but someone painted it avocado green. The finish is uneven and there are visible brush marks. In short, a table in need of a paint makeover.
- App Review: PaintSwatches
There's a special place in my heart for apps that help match paint colors. PaintSwatches (from Aquariform Designs) al...
- Bob Vila Radio: Chalkboard Paint
Kids and chalk go together like peanut butter and jelly—and parents love the easy cleanup of chalk, whether it’s on t...
- Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Paint Color
Choosing a paint color for your home’s exterior can be intimidating: This is a big, expensive job, and whatever color...
- Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Painting Prep
Summertime’s a great time to get to that exterior paint job you’ve been putting off. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON EXTE...
- Bob Vila Radio: Faux Painting
If you’re ready to go a step further than a simple coat of paint to personalize your home, try faux finishing. LISTEN...
- Bob Vila Radio: Faux Wood Graining
Here's a thrifty way to dress up your home for holiday entertaining that's been around for hundreds of years. Since t...
- Bob Vila Radio: Finishing Fiberglass Doors
Fiberglass doors have been popular for years now as a durable, energy-efficient alternative to wood doors that can be...
- Bob Vila Radio: Flawless Paint Finish
For a great finish on your next painting project, start by prepping the surface the right way. LISTENListen to BOB VI...
- Bob Vila Radio: Historic Paint Colors
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “historic color”? Do you envision a rather limited palette of muted grays...
- Bob Vila Radio: How to Paint a Ceiling
A ceiling can be a real pain in the neck to paint, but there are some simple ways to make this job a bit easier. List...
- Bob Vila Radio: Interior Paint Prep
Nothing says clean and new like fresh paint. If you’re moving into a new place this fall or just want to perk up the ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kraft Paper
If you’re starting a paint project and worry about protecting your floors, don’t just throw down a drop cloth. Consid...
- Bob Vila Radio: Paint Primer
If you’re taking on any last-minute holiday painting projects, here’s a primer on… primer. Listen to BOB VILA ON PAIN...
- Bob Vila Radio: Paint Rollers
When it comes to getting a room painted fast, a paint roller is a do-it-yourselfer's best friend. Here's how to get t...
- Bob Vila Radio: Paint Stripping Tips
It’s not uncommon to find beautiful woodwork with coat after coat of paint obscuring its detail, especially in older ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Paint Stripping Tools
When it comes to re-painting, everyone’s least favorite part of the job is prepping the surface… but it’s also the mo...
- Bob Vila Radio: Painting Masonry
If your to-do list includes painting brick or concrete, keep in mind that masonry requires some special treatment. Li...
- Bob Vila Radio: Painting Timesavers
Here’s how to make neater work of your next painting project…LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON PAINTING TIMESAVERS, or read...
- Bob Vila Radio: Painting Tools
If you’re getting ready for a painting project, it’s important to think ahead and have your tools and supplies ready ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Painting Windows
When you’re painting, windows are often the hardest things to get right. CM_BVILANOTES-3 Painting WindowsListen to BO...
- Bob Vila Radio: Power Sprayer Tips
Use a power sprayer to cut days off your next big paint job. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON POWER SPRAYER TIPS, or read ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Types of Paintbrushes
Walk into a hardware or paint store today to buy a paint brush and you could easily be overwhelmed by the number of o...
- Bob Vila's Guide to Historic Paint Colors
Consider these historical paint colors to preserve the stylistic integrity of your home.
- Bob Vila's Top 12 Painting Tips
One trick to determine whether you have the right primer is to put a coat on and let it dry, then take a razor blade and very lightly mark an X in the paint. Put duct tape over the X and then pull back. If the paint sticks, you’ve made a good choice.
- Boost Your Color Confidence
In her position as director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, Jackie Jordan spends her days looking at color, ...
- Chip It! Sherwin-Williams' New Color Tool
Thanks to the Internet, there's no shortage of inspiration when it comes to bringing color to your home. Ah, but the ...
- Choosing Interior Paint Color
Interior paint color reflects taste, affects moods, and showcases or downplays a home's features and shortcomings. Knowing how color works to fool the eye will help you select the right hue for your room.
- Choosing a Paint Sprayer
With little time to spare and a painting project to tackle, choose a paint sprayer with the right pump, tip and features to get the job done fast.
- Color Quiz: Level 1
How color savvy are you? Find out with our Color Quiz!
- Color Quiz: Level 2
How color savvy are you? Find out with our Color Quiz!
- DIY Wall Stenciling
Why wallpaper when a simple stencil will add the perfect personal touch? With a little elbow grease and imagination, even the most uneven old wall can become an artist’s canvas.
- Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Cabinets with a Paint Sprayer
Use a paint sprayer to revive your old cabinets with a glossy, smooth finish.
- Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Laminate
While so many of us own pieces of wood laminate furniture, so few ever think to reinvent them with paint.
- Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wood Furniture
Take wood furniture from drab to fab with a fresh coat of paint.
- Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wrought Iron
Use spray paint to give new life to your old wrought iron patio furniture.
- Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Your Curtains
For a quick, low-stress room update, skip the walls and try painting your curtains!
- Dream It, Do It: How to Paint a Staircase
Paint the stairs in your house to make the hum-drum trip between floors a journey worth remembering.
- Eve Ashcraft's "The Right Color"
If you're anything like me, standing in front of a sea of paint colors at the local home center can be an angst-ridde...
- Eve Ashcraft's 6 Inspirations for Choosing a Color Palette
Color specialist Eve Ashcraft offers six inspirations to help you choose a color scheme for any space in your home.
- Exterior Paint
We've compiled helpful hints on choosing a paint, preventing exterior paint hiccups and choosing tools to make this big job a doable one.
- For Every Hue, a Mood: Use Color to Make the Most of Every Room
We often choose colors we believe to be an expression of ourselves. But the science of color psychology suggests that...
- Grain Painting Brushes
Today wood graining, marbling, and other faux finishes are extremely popular DIY projects. Finding the right brushes and tools will make a big difference in getting the job done right.
- Historic Paint Colors
A primer for researching and choosing paint colors for the historic house.
- How To: Avoid House Painting Problems
Repainting exterior wood or wood trim is time-consuming, so don't let your paint job fail.
- How To: Choose a Paint Finish
Foolproof tips for choosing paint finishes, from interior designer Celerie Kemble.
- How To: Paint EVERYTHING
Make the most of your project, whether you're planning to paint wrought iron or wood flooring, concrete or curtains.
- How To: Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Learn how to paint kitchen cabinets in order to give your kitchen a brand-new look, affordably!
- How To: Paint Like a Pro
When it comes to painting, homeowners often adopt a weekend warrior mentality, skipping or rushing through prep work in a quest for instant gratification, but a huge difference between a professional job and a poor job is what happens before you paint.
- How To: Paint Trim
Looking to learn how to paint trim? It's not so different from painting other surfaces in a home. Your method will va...
- How To: Paint a Ceiling
Painting is perhaps the easiest of DIY home upgrades, but tackling the ceiling can be a daunting endeavor, particularly since it requires a bit of elevation and contortion. Here are some pointers on prep and techniques that will help you accomplish the job easily and successfully.
- How To: Paint a House
Researching how to paint a house? Here are eight expert tips to help make the undertaking DIY-manageable.
- How To: Paint a Wood Floor
The first time I heard about someone painting a wood floor I was skeptical. Would it last? Could you scrub it? And wh...
- How To: Remove Varnish and Other Wood Finishes
Varnish, lacquer, shellac and other clear coats are applied to protect wood furniture and flooring from scratches, sc...
- How To: Select a Paint Color
The right color can give a paint job your personal mark, so follow these guidelines when selecting paint colors for your home.
- How To: Stain Wood Furniture
Staining wood furniture adds color and brings out the natural beauty of the grain.
- How To: Stencil a Floor
Add some color and pattern to a wood or concrete floor this summer by purchasing a couple cans of paint and a stencil pattern
- How To: Use a Paint Spray Gun
Are you tired of using a brush and messing with a tray whenever you paint? Consider investing in a paint spray gun. S...
- Is Stripping Paint Really Necessary?
It's always amazed me to see workmen sanding all the paint off a home's exterior just because some of the paint is pe...
- It's National Painting Week!
April has ushered in a burst of color, and we’re not just talking about floral blooms. According to a 2012 Spring Hom...
- New Year, New Color
Pantone, the global authority on color for the design industries, has announced the Color of the Year for 2013: Emera...
- Paint Guide: 10 Essentials for Successful House Painting
Start here if you don't know where to begin on your next housing painting project.
- Paint Makeovers: An Expert Tells All
Regardless of what you choose for a paint makeover—a kitchen cabinet, dresser or chair—you'll want to start by wiping it down with lightly soapy water to remove dust and dirt. Once dry, make a fair assessment of the piece.
- Paint Stripping Tools
Stripping off old paint isn't really much fun. It's usually a messy job: Whatever method you use (dry scraping, heat, or chemical strippers), the residue of old paint seems somehow to spread itself all over the workshop. With the proper tools, however, removing old paint can be done efficiently.
- Paint and Finishing Brushes
A quality brush will, if properly cared for, last from one job to the next. It will spread the paint more easily and evenly, carry more paint from the bucket to the surface being painted, and is less likely to leave telltale bristles behind to mar your perfect paint job.
- Painting Masonry Walls and Floors
Hurricane Sandy proved to be a trial for many of us. My wife and I were fortunate, and our home suffered no major dam...
- Painting Tools and Materials
Here’s a list of essential tools and materials to help you get started on your next painting project.
- Painting the House: Should You Hire a Pro?
The paint may be peeling, the color fading, or it just could be time to freshen the look of your home’s exterior. Is this a project you can do without the pros?
- Painting—The Gateway to DIY: The 12-Year Kitchen
I can’t remember when I first painted a room, but I was pretty young. Finding out that I was capable of improving my ...
- Paints and Finishes
Whether you are applying a finish to protect the wood or enhance its appearance, consider the benefits that paints, varnishes, shellac, and stains have to offer.
- Pantone: The 20th Century in Color
While I’d always been interested in history, it wasn't until I got to college that I fell in love with it. A special ...
- Quick Tip: Boost Your Home’s Resale Value with Paint
Paint your house to increase its value without spending too much.
- Quick Tip: Painting a Room
Consult these step-by-step interior painting pointers to get the job done right.
- Quick Tip: Stripping Paint
Restore detail to old woodwork by stripping paint that obscures the grain's beauty.
- Quick Tip: Try Faux Finishing
Try these decorative painting techniques to evoke elegance without expense.
- Quick Tip: Use Low-VOC Paints
Try the new low-VOC paints that get the job done with fewer toxic chemicals
- Selecting the Right Paint Tools
It takes the right paint applicators to get the biggest payback from your investment in high-quality paint.
- Sweet Dreams: A New Line of No-VOC Paints for Nurseries
The health benefits of low-VOC paints for people with chemical sensitivities and respiratory conditions are well docu...
- Tangerine Tango: 10 Products on Trend
With Tangerine Tango as Pantone's 2012 color of the year, we shopped the markets to see what products are trending now. Here are ten picks certain to put you in a Tangerine Tango-like mood.
- The Basics of Paint Selection
Color, finish, quality, and personal taste are important factors in paint selection.
- Trending Now: Painted Stairs
Looking for a way to liven up a drab set of stairs? You might want to pick up some paint.
- Weatherproof with Paint
New paints and surface coatings offer more protection for your home's exterior.
- Weekend Projects: DIY Furniture Updates
It's finally here—Friday! The weekend is a great time to relax, but it's also the perfect opportunity to bring simple...
- What to Do with Old Paint
Not sure what to do with old paint cans cluttering up your basement or garage? Follow this action plan to either cond...
- What's Your Color I.Q.?
There is nothing that stirs the senses quite like color. Consider how a sunny day affects your temperament, and why w...
- Putting in a New Fireplace, Painting the Interior, and Installing Doors and Floors
The walls in the new addition are just about ready for paint. The new fireplace, trimmed with fieldstone, will make this new in-law suite very cozy. Interior doors are hung and oak floors installed upstairs.
- Painting the Guest Bedroom
Bob is in the guest bedroom across from the nursery reviewing the kind of paints being used and interior painting tips.
- Stripping Paint to Reveal Original Detailing
Bob meets with a paint-stripping expert and observes an environmentally safe paint-removal system.
- Painting with Historically Accurate Colors
Architectural conservator Brian Powell helps Bob do some detective work to discover the original exterior paint color scheme. They then look at historically appropriate alternatives.
- Pressure Washing the House, Prepping for Painting, and Beginning Kitchen Cabinet Installation
While the back of the house is being prepped for painting, Bob focuses on the inside, where the kitchen cabinets have arrived and are being installed.
- Applying Decorative Painting Techniques
Bob meets with faux-painting expert Kim Sweet, who is applying a gold parchment effect on the master bedroom walls. Bob tries his hand at applying some color.
- Painting a Stucco and Wood Exterior
Exterior stucco walls and wood trim are painted, and repaired shingles are stained.
- Color Staining a Concrete Floor
Tom Moorad joins Bob to satin a concrete floor.
- Spraying On and Painting a Heat-Reflective Pool Deck
Don Humphrey is spraying a cement and polymer mix onto the pool edge.
- Discussing Interior Painting Techniques
Bob is joined by Joann Borges of CertaPro Painters, who goes over techniques and selected paints for covering new walls and trim efficiently and evenly.
- Painting With Low-VOC Paint
Bob learns about exterior paint that can be applied at temperatures near freezing, and also about low-odor low-VOC paints.
- Discussing Painting Techniques
Bob talks with painting contractor Matt Green, who advises on painting shortcuts as he coats the window trim.
- Faux-Finishing the Doors
Bob looks at the old doors, then meets with local artist Elaine Havaland, who demonstrates a faux-finishing technique.
- Removing Lead Paint From Exterior Surfaces
Bob looks on as contractors remove lead paint from the porch columns, then safely dispose of the old paint.
- Selecting a Paint Color and Painting the Exterior Stucco Walls
Bob meets with painting contractor Pat Estevez to discuss exterior paint selection and application techniques.
- Stripping Paint From an Antique Cabinet
Bob works with the homeowners, who are stripping old paint off an antique cabinet. On top of the chemicals used to loosen the paint, they discuss the several safety precautions taken to ensure proper ventilation.
- Prepping the Home's Exterior
Alongside restoration specialist Richard Marks at the Federal-style home in Charleston, Bob watches painter David Snyder scrape and sand old wood siding.
- Interior Paint Selection
Bob chats with painter Rick Snyder in the dining room of the Federal-style home, while Rick experiments with color on intricate wood detail.
- Faux-Finishing an Antique Door
Bob meets with Rick and Martha Snyder to see how they faux-finish an antique door in such a way that reproduces the original look.
- Staining the Interior
Bob helps painting contractor Milo Moran roll solid stain over the yellow pine plywood walls on the boat storage side of the garage. Though not often applied inside, a single coat of stain adds color without completely eliminating the wood texture.
- Staining the Exterior
Painting contractor Mike Suarez sprays water-based stain on the home's exterior, while Bob, accompanied by paint consultant Sherry Hiller, tours the island with an eye toward local color schemes.
- Wall Stenciling and Decorative Striping
Bob confers with artist Margo Datz about decorative striping and stenciling in the master bedroom. She demonstrates for Bob how to add a stencil pattern to painted wall trim.
- Painting the Bedroom Walls with Rag Rolling
Painter Gary Halzel is putting the finishing touches on the master bedroom walls using a rag-rolling technique.
- Tips on Exterior Painting
At the Plymouth project site, tips for exterior paint prep and application are shared.
- Dressing Up the Floor with Paint
Artisan Terry Maiche demonstrates two inexpensive ways to dress up a floor with paint: spattering and stenciling.
- Exterior Paints and Stains
Bob talks about exterior paints and stains with painter Paul Stoliker.
- Faux-Finish Painting in the Master Bedroom
Bob meets with the painters giving a unique faux finish to the feature wall.
- Painting the Exterior
Bob joins Ron Boyajian to talk over painting the exterior clapboards. The surface is power-washed, sanded, and primed. Then, acrylic paint is applied. The painter demonstrates the proper hand-brushing technique for covering clapboards.