While at one time wainscoting was necessary, it has more recently become a more of style than a function. Wainscoting can lend an antique look and help it appear more formal. It can be a great accent for a historical house, helping to restore it to its original appearance. Wainscoting […]
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Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]
Prepping your wall and work area before you paint is vital to your final results. Your paint surface must be clean and your work area clear. You must also tape off any areas you do not want paint to drip on or brush over. Here are 5 steps to prep […]
We often like to help out readers with design questions and the room that seems to be everyone’s priority is the kitchen. Sarah would like some design input on this blue beauty. If she can deal with the white appliances which these days look dated, she can save a lot […]
Check out these fall cleaning tips from Consumer Reports. Our favorites include: Clean drapes, upholstery, carpeting, and floors. A canister vacuum is better equipped to clean drapes and upholstery, while an upright is better for deep-cleaning carpets. For your carpeting, use a carpet cleaner or schedule a professional cleaning. Dispose […]
Tin ceiling tiles are a great way to add a classic look to a room or with the right color paint modernize it. Armstrong has some instructional videos for painting ceiling tiles to give them the tin look that you desire.
It’s been mentioned by the new Energy Secretary Steven Chu and supported by Barack Obama that if we were to paint 30 billion square feet of commercial roof space in the United States white, it would be the equivalent of taking 75 million cars off the road for a year. […]
Painting your home is often one of the least expensive ways to make a noticeable–even dramatic–change to an interior. And if you’d like to match a paint color you see in a picture, Benjamin Moore’s new iPhone app is ready to come to your aid. Load the picture into an […]
We’d like to try a little informal survey to see what DIY house projects you find yourself tackling the most. In our household the paint brushes seem to get the most use so it’s been wise to invest in nice brushes and rollers. We also find ourselves decorating and hanging […]
Here are some of our most popular articles for helping you finish, stain, paint, and lay a wood floor and if you are looking for wood floors at a great price of up to 70% off, check out the options available from Lumber Liquidators. Refinishing Hardwood Floors How-To Stain Wood […]
Craigslist flat out rules for finding all types of home furnishings and CasaSugar highlights a members how-to for making over her cabinet. This time, she’s made over an armoire she bought off of Craigslist for $100 with a can of paint and some chic door handles. First, she removed the […]
We’d like to share yet another virtual paint color tool, this one by BEHR. The site takes a bit of time to load but once it does you are presented with a photo that showcases a BEHR color palette. The sites interactivity gets more interesting as you dive into the […]
Milk paint, also known as casein paint, has a long and fascinating history. In fact, the first known examples of milk paint – cave paintings – actually date back some 20,000 years. Here in the United States, milk paint is most often associated with antique Colonial-era and Shaker furniture, but […]
While color visualizer tools are now featured on most major paint manufacturers’ web sites, homeowners often struggle to envision how the color combinations they create for sample homes online will translate to reality when applied to their own homes.
Our friend Anne Collins is the senior editor at PointClickHome and the voice behind their blog Design Daily. Anne was an integral part of the team that launched PointClickHome and remains the driving force behind the online home of Elle Decor and Metroplitan Home. She recently purchased a brownstone in […]
We really love the color palette that this homeowner chose for his Victorian beams. The gold really is a beautiful touch and a genius choice. This reminds us to choose our house colors carefully and if the palette feels right then don’t be afraid to go for it. You can […]
Back in the day I worked at Sherwin-Williams. Although I was familiar with the brand I had never recalled paying much attention to the logo. I remember after seeing it for the first time I was slightly appalled. The term “Cover the Earth” and accompanying image of paint being poured […]
For those of you with eclectic tastes and prefer to decorate by feel and emotion rather than architectural style I suggest checking out the websites of Erin Olson that focus strictly on color regardless of house style or room type. Our favorite is the House of Turquoise, which is a […]
The Times Union out of Albany, NY, has a great home improvement blog on their website that is edited by Joe Keegan who chronicles the home improvement of his 1883 Shingle-Style home. Recently Joe tackled the task of replacing his wood shingles with new cedar shingles. He shares the cedar […]
Inspired by the lovely display captured here, we’ve found a project post dedicated to the art of applying a combination of metallic paints and hologram foil, available online, to create a shiny, textured wall that becomes a standout interior surface in a bedroom or another room of the house.
As homeowners continue to request environmentally friendly products the choices are made along price point and quality. When it comes to low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) house paints the results are mixed. Many designers are noting that they just can’t get the right color and that the quality is lacking as […]
Question from a reader: I’m moving into an apartment that receives northwest light and the living room feels dark. I’ve read that painting a room yellow can help brighten it, but I don’t know if the yellow paint will be too much or end up giving the room a weird […]