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Painting Projects

How To 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.


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.


How to 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.


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 Wallcoverings
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.


How 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.


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.


Painting Tools

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.


Decorating tools

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.


Choosing paint

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 picture

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 ranges).


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.


Hanging curtains

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.


Decorative paint techniques

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.


Hanging wallpaper

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.


Spot-painting repairs

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 bookcase

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 place.


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. Restore power.


How to paint a wall

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 window millwork

Prepare window to be painted. Remove hardware where possible and use painter’s tape to mask the rest.


How to 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.






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