Hang Wallcovering Around A Pipe
Pull the escutcheon plate out from the wall.
Hold the strip against the wall so the pattern matches the previous strip.
From the closest edge of the strip, cut the slit to reach the pipe.
How To Hang Wallcovering Around An Inside Corner
Cut and prepare a full strip. While the strip cures, measure from the edge
of the preceding strip to the corner at several points; add 1/2" to the
longest of these measurements.
HOW TO APPLY
From the starting point shown in your hanging plan, measure a distance equal
to the width of the wailcovering minus ½” and mark a point. Draw a vertical
plumb line from the ceiling to the floor, using a bubblestick or level.
prepare wallcovering strips
Hold the wallcovering against the wall so there is a full pattern at the
ceiling line and the strip overlaps both the ceiling and the baseboard by at
least 2” Cut the strip to length, using scissors.
HOW TO CREATE A
Measure the room and create a sketch of the hanging plan. Center a plumb
line on a focal point, such as a fireplace or window, and sketch out a plan
in both directions from the center line.
How To Strip
Find a loose corner and pull upward. If there are no loose corners, use a
putty knife to pry one loose and pull. If the paper comes off easily, you’re
home free. Just keep pulling until it’s all off the walls.
To Prepare Concrete Block For Paint
Press a piece of masking tape onto the blocks in several places. Pull the
tape away: If the tape doesn’t pull concrete away from the surface, it can
be painted. If loose concrete comes away with the tape, all loose bits need
to be scraped away with a wire brush.
Painting Wood Cabinets
Painting wood cabinets is an inexpensive way to give a kitchen a face-lift.
HOW TO A PAINT DOOR
Remove the door by driving out the lower hinge pin, using a screwdriver and
hammer. Next, have a helper hold the door in place while you drive out the
middle and then the upper hinge pins.
These are the tools you’ll need for your painting toolbox. All these
tools are available at almost every home improvement center, paint store,
and hardware store.
These are the tools you’ll need
for your decorating toolbox. All these tools are available at almost every
home improvement center, paint store, and hardware store.
Paint comes in various sheens, ranging from flat to high- gloss enamel.
Gloss enamels dry to a shiny finish and are best for surfaces that need
to be washed often, such as bathroom or kitchen walls or woodwork in any
room. Flat paints are used for walls and ceilings.
How to hang a
On each side of the frame, mark 8” down from the top. Purchase D-rings
or picture hooks rated to support the approximate weight of the picture
or mirror (package labels on the hardware give the suggested weight
How to install a
new towel bar
Position the towel bar and make a mark along the outside of the mounting
trim on each side. (Try to avoid positioning the bar so the new holes
will fall directly over the old ones.) Repeat for the other side.
Curtains can dress a room in
elegance, lighten the room’s mood, or do little more than filter incoming
light--it’s completely up to you. Choosing them may take some time, but
hanging them can be a breeze.
Many decorative painting
techniques offer more depth and interest than a plain painted wall. Some
involve glazes and other materials that take time to master. But
several, including the five shown here, are easy to do, particularly if
you take the time to test the application on a sample piece of drywall
to see how much of the secondary color you want to apply. In a nutshell,
you can use a natural sea sponge to create a dappled finish, a rolled up
rag to lay on a second or third coat for extra texture, or a combing
tool to drag lines in a second coat to reveal the undercoat. Stippling
blends one tone with another with a wide brush, while spattering adds
dots of color to a top coat as you tap on the brush.
There are several common sense
keys to successful wallpaper hanging. Work with a sharp utility knife;
change the blade after just a couple of cuts. Keep your worktable clean and
free of paste or adhesive. Make sure the outside of each strip of paper is
cleaned with a damp sponge before you hang another piece in place. And
handle the paper gently.
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At the top bottom and middle of the window frame, measure the opening
between the side jambs. Make a quick diagram of the window and note the
smallest of the three measurements.
Painting is one of those activities that seems easy when you’re watching
someone else is do it. Hitting a golf ball seems easy, but few of us can hit
a ball as well as Tiger Woods. So what turns the weekend golfer into a pro?
You won’t find the answer here. But you will learn the secret to a
pro-quality paint job—and that secret is surface preparation. Take the time
and exert the effort to clean and repair all surfaces, see below and
opposite, to achieve a first-class paint job.
How to anchor a
Cut a piece of l x 4 or l x 6 that is 8” less than the width of the
bookcase. Mark a rip-cutting line that’s offset about 1/2” from the middle.
How to drape and
tape before painting a ceiling
In rooms with hanging light fixture, shut off the power to the circuit,
lower the plate cover, and pull a trash bag up from the bottom of the
fixture. Tie a knot at the top, neatly covering the entire piece. In
bathrooms, place a lawn-sized trash bag over the toilet and tape it in
How to tape before
painting walls or millwork
Shut off the electricity to the circuits in the room. Remove the covers from
receptacles and switches as well as heating and air-conditioning duct
covers. Tape over gaps between the boxes and the switch or receptacle.
How to paint a
Stir the paint, using a variable-speed drill and paint-mixing bit. Set the
drill on a low speed and keep the head of the bit in the paint until it
completely stops turning. Paint separates quickly, so stir it thoroughly
from time to time.
How to prepare
wood for paint
Check the woodwork to identify any nail or screw heads that have not been
countersunk below the wood surface.
How to paint
Prepare window to be painted. Remove hardware where possible and use
painter’s tape to mask the rest.
paint a casement window or baseboards and trim
Prepare baseboards for painting. Starting at the top edge of the baseboard
and working toward the floor, apply a light coat of paint. Hold a dry wall
knife or plastic shielding tool beneath the baseboard as you paint; wipe the
tool each time it is moved.