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Sanding a piece of furniture unevenly before applying two layers of paint can help achieve a distressed look. The sanding creates an uneven surface that absorbs a varying amount of paint, and two thin layers of paint com... More »

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Distressing furniture adds wear marks to the piece and gives it an older look. While it is possible to distress furniture using the finish alone, more interesting results occur if you physically distress the wood before ... More »

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Some ideas for painting exterior brick are lambswool and blue sea for a windswept feel and white or beige with dark trim for a clean look. The house can also be painted a dark teal or turquoise color with white wooden tr... More »

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Some techniques for painting ceramic tile include using a special primer such as XIM 400 that’s designed to bond with ceramic tile. It’s also possible to sand ceramic tile or rough its surface with a muriatic-acid-based ... More »

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Some techniques for painting interior walls and trim include using a brush, a roller or a spray gun. These techniques all require differing degrees of experience and aptitude for various levels of difficulty. More »

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Decorative wall painting techniques include fresco painting, color washing and linen weave. Fresco painting creates a mottled finish that is similar to parchment, while color washing creates a dappled texture. Linen weav... More »

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Whitewash painting techniques include stripping, dry brushing and painting. These three methods yield the same look, but the time and level of involvement vary greatly. More »

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