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 […]
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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 […]
The DIY Maven shares her opinions about wallpaper! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; wallpaper should be outlawed. It’s not that there aren’t some lovely patterns out there (the new Jonathan Adler designs are to die for!) however, when you start to hate it, and chances are […]
It’s true. Changing the appearance of a space can be cost-effective. Don’t worry if new furnishings aren’t in the budget. A little paint will go a long way. Re-do those dull white or beige walls with a new shade that will add warmth or vibrancy. Not sure about choosing a […]
We found this Color Helper on Shelterrific last week and are interested to hear if anyone has tried it. It claims to match color palettes from all of the leading paint manufacturers (over 13,000 colors).
To achieve a textured and vibrant look similar to buildings found throughout Europe, our friend recommends using natural ochres and oxides and recommends their use with milk paint to achieve that perfect patina. The Environmental Home Center located in Seattle, WA has an assortment of these products that are also […]
There is a battle brewing across American neighborhoods. Homeowners who “toe the line” and maintain a consistent home color amongst themselves vs. those who prefer a bolder palette when it comes to their abode. HOA’s limit this form of self-expression but many older neighborhoods, which often contain historical buildings, aren’t […]
Here are some helpful paint calculators from various manufacturers and retailers for estimating the amount of paint needed for covering walls, ceilings, or exteriors. Compare a few and you should have a rough estimate of what you’ll need. PPG Architectural Coatings Benjamin Moore Pratt and Lambert Glidden Paint Quality Institute […]
Over at Fixer-Upper they have refinished their exterior doors and show the steps they went through to achieve some great looking results.
You can cover your radiator but we like homeowners who choose to sandblast, prime, and paint their classic heaters, even if it does require a hoist to get the beast back up to the second floor.