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The Only 7 Tools You Need to Paint Any Room
Hands-down, painting is the biggest way to change the look and feel of a room on the smallest budget. Here are a few things no home painting project should start ...
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Paint Like a Pro: 8 Clever New Tools Under $10
Whether you're redecorating a room or reinventing a worn dresser, good quality paint and a steady hand will get you far. But even the best DIY painters have the o...
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The Right Way to Handle a Paintbrush
Painting seems like a pretty straightforward task, so homeowners frequently choose to do it themselves in order to sa...
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Quick Tip: Trim Protection Tape
Protecting woodwork before you paint (or do other work) around it will save you time and money later. Trim protection...
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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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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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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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9 Creative Uses for Old Paint Cans
Wondering what to do with all those empty paint cans? See how others have cleaned and repurposed them into everything from smart storage to fun works of art.
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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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Grain Painting Brushes
Graining and marbling—though widely practiced in the nineteenth century—have long been out of favor. But in recent ye...
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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,...
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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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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: 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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How To: Clean Paint Brushes
An investment in high-quality brushes is wasted if they are not properly cleaned and stored after use. So invest the ...
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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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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...
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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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Exterior Prep and Painting
Bob discusses painting the exterior of the Victorian project house, which needed prep work before painting.
Melt a rainbow of crayons with a hairdryer for a funky and fun pumpkin. Beforehand, try painting the pumpkin in a bright c... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... A kitchen in a greenhouse—who wouldn't enjoy spending time in this light-filled space? Details that enhance the conservato... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
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