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How To: Apply Epoxy Floor Paint
You lavish attention on the bedroom and living room, bathroom and kitchen, but what about the unsung hero of many smo...
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How To: Paint Metal
A fresh coat of paint can brighten the look and prolong the life of metal surfaces in and around your home. Painting ...
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Tiny Bath? 8 Space-Smart Color Choices
With smart design choices, even a small bathroom can speak volumes. One of the easiest and most effective ways to amp up a bathroom's appeal is through the judici...
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What Would Bob Do? Painting a Deck
First-time deck painter here. I have prepared my deck as well as possible, scraping away old paint and sanding the wo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finishing a Deck
Painted decks are nice to look at, but they can require a lot of maintenance. Constant exposure to sun, water, and fo...
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Set the Tone: 8 Colors for an Inviting Dining Room
The formal dining room is an interior in flux. For decades it was a mainstay of the American home, but in recent years it has often found itself co-opted for a pl...
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Color Made Easy: 9 Designer Tips for Working with Color
People are often encouraged to use more color in their homes, but when the time comes to make a decision at the paint store, many fall back to the safety and comf...
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How To: Transform a Cabinet with Spray Paint
Is there a dated, shabby, worn-out cabinet hogging space somewhere in your home? If so, you may feel tempted to get r...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Over Wallpaper
Getting tired of the floral wallpaper in your dining room or the Stewart plaid in the den? If you’re daunted by the p...
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Perfectly Suited: 9 Top-Rated Color Combinations for Your Home Exterior
Selecting a single color for the outside of your house can be difficult enough, but trying to find two or more hues that work well together makes the decision eve...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Paint From Concrete
If you’ve ever dripped paint on your sidewalk or changed your mind about that coat of paint you put on a concrete pla...
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How To: Paint Over Wallpaper
Any number of imperfections, from nail holes to degraded plaster, may lurk underneath wallpaper. Another ugly truth: ...
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Living Room Paint Colors: 9 Top Picks from the Pros
Choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to the living room. It's a space that is both an intimate setting for your fa...
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In Living Color: 7 Tips for Brightening Your Home's Palette
Choosing the right color can be an overwhelming experience—just think of all the color options that you find when you visit your local home center or paint store....
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How To: Paint a Door
Considering the low cost of the project and the relative ease with which it can be completed, painting a door is a te...
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What Would Bob Do? Deciding Whether to Prime
Is it more effective to do one coat of primer and one of paint, or skip the primer and use two coats of paint? The wa...
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Beyond White: 11 Alternative Hues to Color Your Bath
The all-white bathroom is a familiar design icon—white walls, marble vanity top, gleaming porcelain, plush white towels. But this minimalist palette leaves many p...
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How To: Paint Glass
Smooth and reflective, glass makes a lovely canvas for paint. If, however, you've never before tried to paint glass, ...
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8 Exterior Paint Colors That Might Help Sell Your House
Just like the colors on your interior walls, the hues you pick for your home's exterior should be ones you love coming home to day after day. That being said, if ...
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How To: Paint Concrete
To paint concrete successfully—so that it looks good and lasts a long time—proper preparation is of paramount importa...
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Look! 11 Painted Ceilings That Wow
Ceilings are an often overlooked element of interior design. Sometimes referred to as the "fifth wall," the ceiling offers a wide-open expanse, a tempting blank c...
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How To: Make Chalkboard Paint
Chalkboard paint lets you transform any wall into an endlessly reusable writing surface. Although it's readily availa...
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How To: Remove Paint from Wood
It can be mighty labor-intensive and time-consuming to remove paint, which is why many do-it-yourselfers dread the ta...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Wood Paneling
Wood paneling certainly has a place in the home. It can make a space feel traditional and warm, but it can also look ...
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DIY Tales: Painting a Vintage Cabinet
Another DIY project for the summer porch (if it ever gets above freezing around here so we can actually use the porch). ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Garage Floors
Your garage may be your workshop, your storeroom, your potting shed or the place where you showcase your automotive p...
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Kitchen Paint Colors: 10 Handsome Hues for Hardworking Spaces
For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home—a room in which we greet the day, make important plans, and break bread with family and friends. Given the si...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Raw Wood
You probably know that bare, raw wood needs to be primed before it’s painted. For best results, though, there are a f...
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How To: Paint Stripes on a Wall
Painted stripes can be bold or subtle, identical or varied in size, horizontal or vertical. But no matter what design...
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How To: Strip Paint from Antique Woodwork
If you have an old house, some paint stripping projects require extra care. Antique woodwork can include applied deta...
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Antiquing vs. Distressing: 8 Tips on Creating the Look and Patina of a Genuine Antique
Marian Parsons—mother, wife, and creative soul—was crushing on hand-painted antique European furniture. She coveted t...
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Whitewashing
In contrast to a regular paint job, whitewashing refreshes the look of wood surfaces while allowing their natural gra...
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DIY Tales: Colonial Country Cupboard
Last summer, Coach and I took a long weekend trip to Bethel, Maine for a bit of golf and R & R. Well, I should say...
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How To: Spackle Exterior Siding
When you're repainting your house, here's how to restore that smooth, original finish. After you've removed all loose...
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How To: Splatter-Paint Your Floor
Here's an inexpensive and creative way to decorate a floor. Roll on a coat of deck enamel (the color of your choice) ...
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How To: Make a Paint Pail
Most professionals paint from a pail rather than a can. Painting out of a can is messy, causing rim buildup and dripp...
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34 Rooms in Ravishing Red
Red symbolizes strength, power, and courage, but at this time of year we associate it most with love and desire. Around Valentine's Day, it seems like red is ever...
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Decorating with Chocolate: 12 Ways to Soothe a Style Craving with a Delicious Color
Walk into any store or turn a page in almost any magazine this month and witness the very publicly celebrated relationship between chocolate and pleasure. As awar...
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Quick Tip: Exterior Painting Preparation
An exterior paint job is only as good as the prep you do first.  Make sure to scrape and sand the surface to remove o...
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DIY Tales: LOVE-ingly Restored Hope Chest
Back when I was a little girl, hope chests were a thing. The only company I was aware of that built them was Lane-t...
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How To: Paint Over Stain
You can paint over existing interior wood finishes, if you take the proper steps first. Here's how. To paint over a s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Natural Paint
The harmful effects of VOCs on indoor air quality have received a lot of attention in recent years. In response, pain...
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Pro Tips: Decorative Floor Painting
You can't deny the decorative appeal of painted floors, whether they're patterned in checkerboard, stripes, or some o...
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How To: Prevent Peeling Exterior Paint
Here's how to keep the exterior paint from peeling off your house, if you live in a damp climate. Using a breathable ...
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Bob Vila Radio: VOCs
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals that evaporate easily, releasing potentially harmful compounds int...
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How To: Make Your Own Milk Paint
Everyone knows that milk does a body good. But were you aware that milk also works wonders for walls and furniture? Y...
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Walk on the Wild Side: 14 Amazing Painted Floors
Does your floor need a new look? Instead of replacing it with costly broadloom or hardwood, consider painting it. Today’s homeowner has a lot options for painted ...
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Pro Tips: What Type of Paint Is Best for Exteriors?
A fresh coat of exterior paint does wonders for the look of a home, revolutionizing its curb appeal while adding a va...
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Quick Tip: Avoiding Paint Spills and Splatters
Make neater work of your next touch-up project. Applying paint from a quart can will get messy, especially if you're ...
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How To: Paint Wood Paneling
In a room with wood-paneled walls—particularly if that wood is a veneer—your instinct may be to start fresh, either b...
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How To: Paint Home Exteriors with a Sprayer
Next time you tackle a big exterior paint job, try using a power sprayer. Start at the bottom and work your way up, s...
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Easy DIY: How to Paint a Coffee Table
When I was younger, a big mistake I made was assuming I couldn’t decorate my home nicely due to funds. It struc...
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How To: Use a Paintbrush Properly
Any painter will tell you, good brush technique is key to a neat job. Hold the brush with your thumb on one side and ...
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Hue Cues for 2014: 11 Color Trends to Follow
The colors we choose to surround ourselves with are a highly personal palette, and yet there is also an element of collective unconscious afoot. Each year there a...
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10 "Welcoming" Front Door Paint Colors
Whether you're trying to sell a home or just make one look uniquely yours, an attractive exterior can seriously boost curb appeal. While the overall color of a ho...
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How To: Texture Walls
When you texture the walls of your house, you accomplish two things. First, you transform boring-to-look-at surfaces ...
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The Do's and Don'ts of Choosing a New House Color
When it comes to picking exterior paint colors, there are a number of things to consider before making a final decision. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts to he...
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Believe It or Not: 9 Incredible Faux Finishes You Can Do Yourself
If you're overcome by ennui at the sight of your space, a simple faux finish on a surface or accent piece might be just the touch to perk you right up! Here are 9...
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DIY Tales: How to Stain Without Pain
Hello! I hope it's warm wherever you are - the kiddos have a snow day again today, not so much for the snow (we dodged t...
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Paint Your Home the Colors of Downton Abbey
Inspired by Downton Abbey, a new collection from Kelly-Moore Paints will now enable fans to live among the dusty gray...
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Quick Tip: Low-VOC Paints
Low-VOC paints are a safe and efficient option for your next project. Paints with low VOCs, or volatile organic compo...
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Quick Tip: Painting Masonry
Here are some things to keep in mind when you're painting masonry. Like any other surface, masonry needs to be prepar...
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How To: Sponge Paint
A decorative paint finish is a good way to customize an interior in only a short time. Use a latex glaze mixed to the...
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How To: Stain Wood Shingle Siding
Here is a helpful tip if you are thinking of staining some cedar shingles.  To protect new shingles, apply a penetrat...
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Quick Tip: Cold Weather Painting
Colder weather doesn't have to be an issue when doing exterior painting. While most conventional paints must be appli...
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How To: Rag Paint
Here's a way you can get a designer look for your painted walls. With a roller, apply an oil paint glaze over an alre...
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The Transformative Power of Color: How to Make It Work For Your House
When it comes to improving your house’s curb appeal and resale value, there is no more cost-effective strategy tha...
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How To: Paint Brick
There are a host of reasons that homeowners choose to paint brick:• If a brick fireplace is out of sync with the deco...
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How To: Paint Brass Light Fixtures
... without breaking the bank! So, we've lived in this house for over a year and every.single.day I wake up and go in ...
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How To: Stencil a Wall
You can hand-paint your own stenciled border. Use painter's tape to mark off straight edges; you'll find the tape pre...
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Winning Combinations: 9 "Can't Miss" Color Schemes
Whether your tastes run to neutrals or brights or something in between, you're sure to find a color scheme to your liking among these 9 go-to palettes endorsed by...
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Don't Can Your Aluminum Siding!
Aluminum siding first became popular in the wake of World War II, when this metal, which had been so crucial to the w...
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DIY Tales: Striped Wall
I've been seeing this project in my head for a while and I finally got around to doing it. I painted one wall in my m...
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How To: Paint Plywood Floors
For our newly renovated attic, we'd wanted solid wood flooring, but that idea, it turned out, wasn't practical: The a...
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Quick Tip: Applying Primer
To get the best color performance from your paint, use a tinted primer first. Usually available in three shades, gray...
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Quick Tip: Prepping Wood for Paint
Here are some steps to follow when preparing new wood for painting.  First, countersink any finish nails. Then fill a...
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What's the Best Color for Living Rooms? The Experts Weigh In
Design mavens reveal their favorite colors for living room walls—and why those hues work so well in this public yet intimate setting.
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10 Creative Faux Finish Ideas for Your Bare Walls
If you are like most homeowners you’re trying to think of a creative way to transform your bare walls into some...
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How To: Paint Brick
Painting bricks requires some special considerations. Wet down the surface first to ensure better paint adhesion. Use...
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DIY Tales: Dining Room Chairs Gone Colorfully Eclectic
I finally painted my dining room chairs. It just took a weekend of boredom to get me pumped. Ha! I'm in love with them b...
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DIY Tales: Painting an Appliance
My refrigerator and stove hood had started yellowing recently. I didn't understand why since the dishwasher and stove we...
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Interior Inspiration: Fireplace Color Ideas
If the bricks in your fireplace now have a dark brown color, then it’s overdue for a fireplace makeover. There ...
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Easy DIY: Chalkboard Door
My boys were a little envious of the large chalkboard wall in their sisters' room so I began thinking of how I could giv...
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How To: Paint a Wood Window Sash
After all the hard work is done restoring a wood window, there is one final step: painting your window sash. Painting...
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Bob Vila Radio: Spray Painting
You don’t have to invest in a power sprayer to try your hand at spray painting—start with a spray can and a small pro...
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How To: Work with Chemical Paint Stripper
Where stripping paint is concerned, there's just no easy way out.  Here are some tips. Cover the floor under your wor...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repainting Wrought Iron
Wrought iron railings, patio furniture, and gates are classics that look great with almost any home, but not when the...
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10 Unexpected Uses for Spray Paint
From shoes to fans to vinyl upholstery, there are so many surprising items to color—and revive—with a can of spray paint.
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Top Tips for Spray Painting
Spray paint offers a quick and easy way to transform virtually any surface. Available in countless colors and an expa...
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Quick Tip: Woodgraining
Woodgraining is an artist's technique for creating the look of fine woods like mahogany. After two coats of a base co...
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Varnishing Made Easy
A durable finish for woodworking pieces, furniture, and flooring, varnish beautifies wood and protects it from scratc...
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How To: Store Paint
Take the guesswork out of storing paint leftovers. Before you replace the lid, mark the level of the paint remaining ...
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8 Ways to Age, Distress, Gild, and Add Shine to Your Next Project
Unleash your full paint potential by using one of these decorative finishing techniques to add gloss and glitz to your next makeover.
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How To: Paint Your Front Door
It was a dreary day when we first pulled up to (what would be) our future home. The first things I noticed were the hide...
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5 Common Painting Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them
In his role as the "Paint Doctor" for Purdy—longtime makers of handcrafted paint brushes and roller covers—Bruce Schn...
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Easy DIY: Sprucing Up an Old Laundry Basket
Spray Paint Strikes Again I’ve had this laundry basket for well over 15 years. I bought it before this style bec...
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Black-and-White Reasons to Paint Your Walls Gray
Gray is the hot new “in” color. It’s recently taken front and center, upstaging it’s neutral ...
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How To: Paint Over Stripes
Today you’re gonna learn how to paint over stripes the right way! YAY! If you simply get out your roller and paint...
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10 Unexpected Spots for Accent Colors
When it comes to bringing new colors into your home, why limit yourself to the walls? Add accent colors in these 10 unusual places to brighten your living space.
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Painting and Restoring a 143-Year-Old Home
It all began seven weeks ago, the forecast is now easily another four to six weeks to go, and we are only doing the thre...
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What a Difference a Good Paint Job Can Make!
The next step of painting in the hallway is getting all the trim done. That means 6 doorways and the baseboard. And the ...
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Going Bold: 10 Kitchens That Pop with Color
Sure, white kitchens look clean and stylish, but they can lack personality. Here are ten beautiful reasons to be bold with color in your kitchen.
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Taking Care of Your Own Lead Paint Removal
When I first saw this idea, I thought it was ridiculous. A painted runner could be nice, sure, but who would paint just t...
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How To: Stain Outdoor Wood Furniture and Equipment
Outdoors, stain helps wood furniture or backyard equipment look at home in the landscape. Whether you're working on a...
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Fresh Coat: 10 All-Natural House Paints
Make your living room green—even if it’s blue—by choosing an all-natural, eco-friendly house paint. Here are 10 of the best.
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5 Smart Ways to Fill the House with Your Favorite Color
Everyone has a favorite color, but not everyone understands how to use that most loved hue to full advantage at home....
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Color Quiz: Level 3
Test your color knowledge with our toughest quiz yet to see how much of a hue expert you are!
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The Perfect Paintbrush—and How to Choose It
Not all paintbrushes are created equal, nor are they all the right fit for every job. Use this guide to determine the best brush for your project.
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The Best Colors to Paint a Rental
I’m interrupting my usually upstairs house renovation, to show you what I’ve been up to for the past week...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint Square Footage
Interior painting is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project, but to do it right you’re going to need to do some math. L...
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Top Tips for Using Magnetic Primer
So many new products for the home come out everyday, it's hard to keep up with them all.  Did you know about magnetic...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Cabinets with a Paint Sprayer
When it comes to painting cabinets, I know there are a lot of opinions and methods out there. But after I painted my ...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint a Staircase
As the times changed, so did my design style. When it became clear that my stairs needed an upgrade, and I was unable...
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How To: Paint a House
Painting your house yourself is a big commitment of time. Just think about it. It can take a professional crew of thr...
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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...
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How To: Paint Like a Pro
When it comes to painting, homeowners often adopt a weekend warrior mentality, skipping or rushing through prep work ...
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Exterior Paint 101
Painting the exterior of your home is a big undertaking: you'll need the right type of paint, quality tools and some ...
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Historic Paint Colors
The gasp was audible. On entering the dining room at Monticello in late 2011, the chatter abruptly ceased as the tour...
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Paints and Finishes
The reasons for applying finishes to wood surfaces are several. One is to seal the wood, in order to prevent moisture...
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Paint and Finishing Brushes
The lowly paintbrush: We've known about it since preschool days. Paintbrushes were great fun in kindergarten, too, th...
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Selecting the Right Paint Tools
For a consistent, long-lasting finish, you need to apply paint and coatings with high-quality application equipment. ...
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How To: Paint a Room
Preparing to PaintPaint preparation starts with clearing the room. Take down window treatments and remove as much fur...
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How To: Avoid House Painting Problems
Start any exterior paint job by cleaning, scraping, and repairing the surface. Take notice of how the paint has weath...
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Weatherproof with Paint
Extreme heat or cold, moisture, and prolonged exposure to the sun all take their toll on the exterior of our homes. W...
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Painting the House: Should You Hire a Pro?
If you’re used to taking on your own renovations, painting your home’s exterior might be a natural money-saving proje...
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How To: Select a Paint Color
The most personal decision involved in any interior or exterior painting project is color choice. If green is your fa...
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Choosing Interior Paint Color
Paint is the easiest and most economical way to update a room's look. Selecting the right paint color or colors is a ...
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The Cost of Doing it Right: Painting Your Historic Home
I get crazy looks from clients when I tell them the price for some of our services. I’m not oblivious to the fact ...
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From the Community: Painting Everything Black, and Loving It
Hello! As you approach our front door, you're greeted with adirondack chairs. I brought these from our old house - they w...
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DIY Herringbone Stenciled Table
I’m super excited to share with you one of my favorite roadside finds/makeovers! I am a sucker for gold. Pair it w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Floors
If you’ve ever spent any time or money sanding and refinishing a wood floor, you may wonder why anyone would ever pai...
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How To: Paint Your Laminate Furniture
Painting furniture is obviously one of my favorite things to do! I love the thrill of the hunt for a great piece, ago...
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10 Reasons to Go Crazy for Chalkboard Paint
Personalize your mugs, label your storage, and throw creativity up on a wall with these clever uses for the DIYer's favorite and most customizable weapon: chalkbo...
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Painting the Fifth Wall (AKA the Ceiling!)
The other day, I did something I've never done before. I painted a ceiling -- all 5 feet 2 inches of me. I've always pa...
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DIY Herringbone Desk Makeover (Plus the Perfect Color Choice!)
I found this desk and I wanted to cry! Like seriously, I was sooo beyond excited about it! I knew I wanted to do somethi...
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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...
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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...
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How To: Paint EVERYTHING
Make the most of your project, whether you're planning to paint wrought iron or wood flooring, concrete or curtains.
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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...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting the Front Door
There’s probably no simpler, less expensive way to give your home a quick facelift than to repaint the front door. A ...
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How To: Paint Mahogany
I have painted a ton of furniture over the years and I have learned a lot through trial and error. Mahogany is always on...
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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...
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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...
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DIY Metal Bench Makeover
This deep purple bench is made of metal. It is a garden bench that is usedoutdoors, so it took a little different prep ...
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DIY Room Update with Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper
Some of you noticed the black and white horizontal wall stripes in the boys’ bedroom. Good eye! Would you believe...
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DIY Chalk Paint Recipe and a Dresser Makeover
It's April! I love April. Mainly because I get to celebrate Easter (even though it landed in March this year), April foo...
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How To: Paint Furniture with Lacquer
How do you paint furniture using lacquer? Until recently I didn’t have the answer to that question, but then a cl...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Laminate
I recently gave my bookcases a much-needed makeover.  Ever since I had painted the room a deep blue, this faux-w...
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Trending Now: Painted Stairs
Looking for a way to liven up a drab set of stairs? You might want to pick up some paint.
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Your Curtains
It might sound weird, but regular old latex paint on curtains can add up to lots o’ drama (the good kind). 1. Wash an...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wood Furniture
Most anything can be transformed with a can of paint and some step-by-step instructions. Here's an easy, four-step tu...
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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...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wrought Iron
I’ve had some rusty-looking wrought iron patio furniture staring at me from my backyard for years now. It came with t...
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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...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lead Paint Removal
Before you tear down a wall, rip off old woodwork, or strip old paint, ask yourself when it was installed. If it was ...
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How To: Paint Masonry Walls
Hurricane Sandy proved to be a trial for many of us. My wife and I were fortunate, and our home suffered no major dam...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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New Year, New Color
Pantone, the global authority on color for the design industries, has announced the Color of the Year for 2013: Emera...
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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...
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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...
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How To: Paint with Oil-Based Paint
As I write this post about oil-based paint, I realize that the information is quickly disappearing from both common kno...
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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...
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Bob Vila Radio: Faux Woodgraining
Here's a thrifty way to dress up your home for holiday entertaining that's been around for hundreds of years. Since t...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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App Review: PaintSwatches
There's a special place in my heart for apps that help match paint colors. PaintSwatches (from Aquariform Designs) al...
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"Green" Paint: Sherwin-Williams Emerald
With its new eco-minded Emerald paints and ColorCast Eco Toners, Sherwin-Williams gives homeowners more high-performi...
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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...
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Bob Vila Radio: Low-VOC Paints
There’s more to that “new paint smell” than you might think. What you’re smelling are volatile organic compounds, or ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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21 "Expert Picks" for Fail-Safe Colors
Here are twenty-one neutrals that color experts and designers rank as their top "fail-safe" picks.
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Color Quiz: Level 2
How color savvy are you? Find out with our Color Quiz!
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Quick Tip: Use Low-VOC Paints
The Danger of VOCs There’s more to that new paint smell than you might think. There are already federal restrictions ...
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Quick Tip: Painting a Room
Interior painting is one of the all-time favorite do-it-yourself jobs, but like everything else, there is a right and...
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Quick Tip: Try Faux Finishing
Faux Finishing: What Is It? If you’re looking for ways to personalize your space and you're ready to go a step furthe...
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How To: Dye Concrete Floors
Dyeing floors is different from staining them. With dye, there is no chemical reaction with the concrete—it simply dy...
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How To: Decorate Garden Pots
Looking for something to do with all of those clay pots that have been collecting dust in your garage or garden shed?...
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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...
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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...
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How To: Paint a Ceiling
Painting is perhaps the easiest of DIY home upgrades, but tackling the ceiling can be a daunting endeavor, particular...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Color Quiz: Level 1
How color savvy are you? Find out with our Color Quiz!
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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...
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Paint Makeovers: An Expert Tells All
As a decorator and "junker," I've discovered plenty of beauty and utility in stuff others have kicked to the curb. An...
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How To: Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Click through our project guide to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets. There may be no easier or more affordable way to give your old kitchen a brand-new look!
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Quick Tip: Stripping Paint
Below the Surface It’s not uncommon to find beautiful woodwork with coat after coat of paint obscuring its detai...
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The Basics of Paint Selection
There was a time when paint was nothing more than pigment and cow's milk. When the milk dried, the pigment remained. ...
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Painting Tools and Materials
In addition to top-quality application equipment, you may need some of the painting tools and painting materials list...
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A Glassy-Smooth Enamel Finish for Old Kitchen Cabinets
Our 20-year-old cabinets were showing their age. The lacquer finish had gummed up around the handles and pulls, and t...
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5 Easy Steps to a Successful Paint Makeover
Follow these easy paint makeover tips to transform an old piece of furniture into one that's fresh and new!
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Paint Guide: 10 Essentials for Successful House Painting
Start here if you don't know where to begin on your next housing painting project.
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Bob Vila's Top 12 Painting Tips
1. One trick to determine whether you have the right primer is to put a coat on and let it dry, then take a razor bla...
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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.
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Tangerine Tango: 10 Products on Trend
Taking a cue from Pantone's 2012 color of the year, these ten products are certain to put you in a Tangerine Tango-like mood.
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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...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Historic Paint Colors
Consider these paint color options to preserve the historical accuracy of your home.
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Choosing a Paint Sprayer
It's estimated that a paint sprayer can apply a coating ten times faster than brushing and four times faster than rol...
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Wallpaper and Paint: My “Green” Nursery Challenge
The nursery was 10’ X 11’ with builder-white walls. It was time for it to reflect our baby boy’s personality. Since h...
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Quick Tip: Boost Your Home’s Resale Value with Paint
New Coat of Paint, Better Home Price How do you ensure you’ll get the selling price you want for your home in a buyer...
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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 door...
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Remodeling Before Baby and Insulating the House
Bob talks with homeowners Nick and Maggie Beasley, who are remodeling, babyproofing, and insulating their home before the baby is born.
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Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s ba...
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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.
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Repairing Plaster and Installing Ceramic Shower Tiles
Bob heads to the library to discuss the plaster patchwork in progress, and then visits the second floor, where ceramic tile is being installed in a guest bathroom...
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Applying a Veneer Coat of Plaster over Blueboard
Bob interviews Carlos Londono, a plastering contractor, who demonstrates how to apply a veneer coat of plaster over blue board.
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Touring the Completed Home Interior, Entryway, and Dining Room
Bob tours the front vestibule, highlighting the beautiful stencil work done by artist Kim Sweet. He explains how small touches can bring back the feel of an 1890s...
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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.
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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 appro...
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Applying Durable Exterior Paint Formulated for a Subtropical Climate
Jim McLaughlin and Bob spray a finish coat of Flex Lox Masonry coating on the exterior.
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Color Staining a Concrete Floor
Tom Moorad joins Bob to satin a concrete floor.
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Spraying On and Painting a Heat-Reflective Pool Deck
Don Humphrey is spraying a cement and polymer mix onto the pool edge.
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Interior Design for a Florida Home
Bob tours the finished house and learns how they developed the design scheme.
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Seeking Design Ideas for the Miami Condo
DD Allen shows off her updated 600-square-foot retreat in downtown Miami. By removing interior dividing walls, Allen has converted her one-bedroom into a studio. ...
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Tour of the Julia Wood House in Falmouth, MA
Bob visits the Julia Wood House, home of the Falmouth, Massachusetts Historical Society, and takes a tour with Carolyn Power, the society's executive director.
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Interior Painting Preparation
Painter John Fish is beginning work on the interior of the modern Colonial project house.
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Decorating the Master Bedroom
Bob and designer Leslie Curtis take a quick tour through the master bedroom. Here, Curtis has chosen Autumn Wheat from the Bob Vila Signature collection paint line.
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Wall Stenciling
Decorator Leslie Curtis joins Bob in the modern Colonial project house parlor to discuss the room's wall treatments.
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Wall Stenciling, Continued
Artisan Ken Forcier are applying the second "layer" of the stencil he's using to decorate in the parlor of the modern Colonial.
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Picture Framing
Interior designer Leslie Curtis shows off another of her decorating ideas in the dining room.
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Shaker-Style Mural Painting
Bob checks in with artist Polly Forcier (from MB Historic Decor) for an update on the decorative painting in the modern Colonial project home.
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Exterior Painting With an Airless Sprayer
Latex paint is being applied on the exterior of the Vermont farmhouse by workers using airless sprayers.
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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.
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Restoring the Brownstone Facade and Working on the Wrought Iron
Bob focuses on the exterior of the Manhattan Brownstone, where paint has built up over the last 100 years and now obscures the details and carvings on the facade.
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Exterior Prep and Painting
Bob discusses painting the exterior of the Victorian project house, which needed prep work before painting.
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Encapsulating Lead Paint
Cole Stanton (from Fiberlock) joins Bob to talk about Child Guard, an encapsulating coating for lead-based paint.
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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.
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Decorative Painting Techniques With B. Smith
Decorator B. Smith paint a lavender stripe pattern on a bedroom wall.
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Tour of the Finished Interior Decor with B. Smith
Decorator B. Smith joins Bob to show him around the interior decor of the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build project home in Yonkers, NY.
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Discussing Painting Techniques
Bob talks with painting contractor Matt Green, who advises on painting shortcuts as he coats the window trim.
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Faux-Finishing the Doors
Bob looks at the old doors, then meets with local artist Elaine Havaland, who demonstrates a faux-finishing technique.
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Tour of the Restored Exterior and Interior Decor
Bob takes a grand tour of the fully restored governor's mansion in Richmond, VA.
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Wall Plastering
Plastering contractor John Hirrell shows Bob several tricks of the trade.
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Stripping Old Paint
Bob and the loft developer, Neal Gold, discuss stripping old paint. They then oversee the plate glass window installation.
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Discussing the Hallway Walls
Bob highlights the long curved wall in the loft's hallway. The wall provides a great deal of storage, and serves as a divider between the private and public space...
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Plumbing Installation and Creating a Tile Mural
In the second Elmwood project house, a Colonial Revival, a new Kohler tub is installed, while homeowner Pat Simons, a ceramic artists, creates a tile mural.
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Final Tour of the Completed Second Home in the Project
The second home in the Elmwood project, a Colonial Revival, is complete, after the second-floor bathroom gets a new vanity, new doors for the laundry closet, and ...
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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.
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Landscaping, Front Column Installation, and Home Security System
Landscaping work continues, as the new security system is installed and the reproduction railing is going into place on the front porch.
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Weaving Cedar Shingles and Prepping Damaged Wood Trim for Painting
Front porch restoration continues with the roof being replaced and new red cedar shingles being applied on the porch wall. Bob demonstrates the shingle weaving pr...
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Painting Shingles and Shutters, Landscaping, and Hardscaping
Contractors put the finishing touches on the front porch by adding new Yellow Pine shutters and a coat of Sherwin Williams latex paint to the exterior.
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Installing High-Gloss Laminate Cabinets and Surell Countertops
Cabinetry and countertops are brought in for this attic conversion project, and fiber-optic lighting is installed.
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Original Art and Contemporary Furnishings in the Finished Space
Bob takes a final tour of this unique third floor remodel and talks to the owners about their eclectic taste.
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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.
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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 safe...
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Exterior Paint Stripping and Priming
Bob examines the exterior of the home, where several layers of paint are removed, and contractor Cortney Lofton explains the techniques and tools used to restore ...
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Tour of the Sherwin-Williams Paint Manufacturing Plant
Bob tours the Sherwin-Williams paint manufacturing plant in Winter Haven, FL to see how paint is made.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Interior Design and Touring a Fabric Store
Bob shows the beach house to interior designer Robyn Peterson, who takes Bob shopping for fabrics. She suggests natural materials and earthy colors, as well as hi...
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Touring the Cabin's Interior Decor
Bob tours the cabin with the interior designer, Robyn Peterson. Under Robyn's direction, the mantle has been painted with a faux birch bark look, and the furnitur...
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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 insi...
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Bob Visits Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard
Bob takes the ferry to the island of Martha's Vineyard, MA, where he tours Oak Bluffs and soaks in the town's Victorian history.
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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 a...
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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 painte...
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Touring the Designed Interior
Bob tours the furnished, decorated Martha's Vineyard Victorian project house. The designer has sourced pieces from antique stores, salvage yards, second hand stor...
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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.
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Final Tour of the Interior, Part 1
Bob continues his final tour of the complete Wayland project house with the interior designer, who explains the thought process behind the furniture and color pal...
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Tips on Exterior Painting
At the Plymouth project site, tips for exterior paint prep and application are shared.
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Building and Painting a Plate Rack
A plate rack for the dining room is built from scratch and is finished with a faux-antique paint job.
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Dressing Up the Floor with Paint
Artisan Terry Maiche demonstrates two inexpensive ways to dress up a floor with paint: spattering and stenciling.
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Exterior Paints and Stains
Bob talks about exterior paints and stains with painter Paul Stoliker.
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A Sail-Wire Stair Rail and Rag-Painting the Basement
General contractor Ron Gan assembles an unusual “sail-wire” stair railing and decorator Christine Smyth rag-paints a basement wall.
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Removing Old Paint
Brick worker Dan Webb explains how the brick façade is power-washed to remove several layers of ugly paint.
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Final Exterior Touches
The finishing touches are put on the garden while the exterior painting is completed.
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Faux-Finish Painting in the Master Bedroom
Bob meets with the painters giving a unique faux finish to the feature wall.
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Interior Tour
Bob walks through the remainder of the renovation, admiring the details and faux-finish painting that continues through the kitchen, living room and dining room.
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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...
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