Add texture, dimension, and style to walls with these step-by-step painting techniques. Painting stripes on a wall is easy with our expert how-to instructions. Learn the basics of using painter's tape, measuring and marking stripes, and what kind of brush works best. If you have softly textured walls, there are other considerations to think about: style of brush, roller nap size, paint type, and paint finish. Follow our painting tips to determine what finish (matte, eggshell, semisatin, satin, gloss, high gloss, etc.) is best for your room or project. Stencils are a fun way to add color and dimension to walls, floors, or furniture, and our stenciling tricks will help you tackle your project with ease. Tone-on-tone stencil treatments add visual interest without being overwhelming, while varying the finish of the color can add another layer of subtle polish. Plus, we have free stencil patterns that you can download and use on almost anything -- from walls to fabric! Check out our fun ideas for paint projects, some with free pattern downloads, and start making over your room today. Plus, learn how to paint more than just walls. Try out our painting techniques for furniture, accessories, fabric, and more.
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How to Paint Softly Textured Walls
A two-step paint process with a trowel and glaze is all it takes to create visual texture and a soothing aesthetic.
How to Paint Stunning Stripes
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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Want a big redo to your kitchen without a big remodeling project or big budget? Try painting your kitchen cabinets....
How to Paint a Room
Painting is one of the easiest ways to give a room a makeover. Watch and learn how to paint walls with confidence.
How to Spray Paint Accessories & More
Watch and learn how to give plain accessories a lift with spray paint.
How to Spray Paint Furniture
See how to transform a piece of furniture with spray paint.
How to Stencil
Wake up walls with a painted pattern. Watch this video for our best tips and techniques for stenciling walls.
How To: Paint an Exterior Door
Boost your home's curb appeal with a colorful door. Follow these step-by-step instructions for painting an exterior...
How to Paint a Chevron Pattern
Chevron is an oh-so-trendy pattern. Here's how to bring the design to your walls.
How to Whitewash Wood Floors
Give wood floors a vintage cottage vibe with whitewashing. Follow these step-by-step instructions to get results th...
How to Paint Distressed Wood Furniture
Refinish a piece of furniture to give it an antique patina. Here's how to paint furniture with a distressed finish.