Techniques

How to Apply an Epoxy Garage Floor Coating

How to Apply an Epoxy Garage Floor Coating

Rescue your garage floors from stains and dirt with a durable epoxy finish that you can apply yourself

Use A Plastic Wardrobe For Indoor Spray Painting

Use A Plastic Wardrobe For Indoor Spray Painting

Spray paint can be a wonderful, convenient thing. But the downside? The fumes and residual splatter make it a material better suited for use outdoors. What if you get the urge to spray paint something when it’s windy, or cold, or raining? Here’s an ingenious solution: use a plastic wardrobe […]

Refresh Your Walls With DIY Stencil Art

Refresh Your Walls With DIY Stencil Art

We previously mentioned stencils as a great way to add an innovative appearance to your wood stairs. The DIY tools are also a fun, creative way to add embellishments to your walls and furniture. Thanks to an increasing awareness of street art, stencils are becoming a more popular tool for […]

You CAN Paint Tile

You CAN Paint Tile

Before our second child was born, we realized that our bathroom, shown above, needed some serious TLC. After three years of time warping every time we needed to tinkle and one genetic byproduct underfoot as it was, we needed our only(!) bathroom to not just become more functional, but be […]

Trim And Decorate Your Walls Without Paint

Trim And Decorate Your Walls Without Paint

Paint is an incredibly versatile medium, but you can also change the look (and functionality) of a wall without it. Common household items can do double-duty, so if you’re looking to update a room, consider these ideas. * Adhesive Velcro circles. These are best used on a wall that doesn’t […]

Make Your Own Antiqued Mirror

Make Your Own Antiqued Mirror

As you probably already know, we have an unbridled love affair here at Charles & Hudson with spray paint. So imagine our glee when we found this project at ECABonline.com, in which Elizabeth DIYed a vintage, leaded-glass window pane into a beautiful antiqued mirror with SPRAY PAINT! Elizabeth writes that […]

House Painters in Seattle

House Painters in Seattle

In a climate like Western Washington people are often wondering how to find house painters who can deal with wet wood and surfaces. Seattle is one of the wettest areas in the country you need to make sure your homes exterior is completely protected from the elements as best as […]

How To Paint Over Chalkboard Paint

How To Paint Over Chalkboard Paint

You’ve painted a door, a wall, maybe a whole room with chalkboard paint — and down the road, you decide you no longer want that sort of surface. To paint over it, you will need some special equipment, but nothing too crazy. First, sand the surface to roughen it up. […]

How To Prep Plaster Walls For Painting

How To Prep Plaster Walls For Painting

If you live in a home built before World War II, chances are that you have plaster walls. If you’re considering painting your walls a new color, or simply refreshing the existing hue, here are some tips to help you properly prepare the surface prior to painting. + Remove any […]

Hints for Painting Clean Up With a Septic System

Hints for Painting Clean Up With a Septic System

It’s a joy to live in the country, isn’t it? Um, except when you’ve just completed a painting project and it’s time for clean up. Because the delicate balance of biological elements in your septic tank can be severely upset by paint, cleaning your brushes, rollers and even your hands […]

Wood Trim: To Paint Or Not To Paint?

Wood Trim: To Paint Or Not To Paint?

Paint is renowned for its ability to transform a room or object with just a couple of coats. But are there things in your house — wood trim, for example — that shouldn’t be painted? One of my favorite bloggers, Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely, made what some called […]

Host A Painting Party

Host A Painting Party

For me, painting is hard. The prep work is a pain and by the time I’m done, my arms ache and all I can see are the spots I need to fix. I think a solution to this problem would be to throw a painting party the next time I’ve […]

Paint Your Bedroom Black

Paint Your Bedroom Black

Black paint isn’t only limited to gothic-inspired decor or teens that need to rebel (though if you do have a rebellious decorative teen, here’s some good advice.) In fact, black walls done right can add high drama and elegance to any room. Here are a few tips for working with […]

Paint On Your Wallpaper With Rollerwall

Paint On Your Wallpaper With Rollerwall

For living in an ancient house with plaster walls, I have an unnatural desire to wallpaper my very uneven vertical spaces. I’ve looked at different ways to make wallpaper happen, yet another solution that keeps popping up through my endless perusal of the design blogosphere is using paint to “make” […]

Painting Over Wallpaper

Painting Over Wallpaper

Why do people paint over wallpaper? We’d guess they’re just plain lazy because no one in their right mind who cares about the presentation of their wall would ever choose to paint over wallpaper, but we can agree that removing wallpaper is one of the most arduous tasks known to […]

Tips For Painting Stained Wood Furniture

Tips For Painting Stained Wood Furniture

New Lead Paint Laws Updated

New Lead Paint Laws Updated

The new lead paint rule instituted by the EPA that requires special handling when remodeling all pre-1978 homes has now been slightly altered. Beginning today, all contractors performing renovation, repair or painting work in homes built before 1978 must follow lead-safe work practice requirements. A new EPA rule removes a […]

Flour Paint: A DIY Solution

Flour Paint: A DIY Solution

There are tons of eco-friendly paint options out there now, but some DIYers are taking it one step further by making their own paint. The easiest type of paint to make is by using something everyone has in their kitchen – flour! Wheat flour is the most popular kind to […]