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Your Guide to Painting Anything

Get expert advice on painting surfaces beyond walls.

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Hi, I'm Wendy. You can add color to your home beyond just the walls. Almost any surface in your home can be painted. After giving your walls a new coat of paint, keep on going with the trim and other accents in your home, like windows, a fireplace mantel, or doors. In fact, doors are easier to paint than you might think. You can either remove the door from its hinges and put it on a sawhorse or you can paint it in place. First you wanna remove the knows and hardware and mask or tape the hinges. Use a primer to lock in the original finish, then use at least two coats of Glidden Brilliance Collection semi-gloss paint. An instant update. Another great way to add some color to your home is to repaint wood furniture, like this accent table. If the surface is already painted or varnished, remove any dirt or wax buildup with a household cleaner. Sand any rough areas and wipe away dust with a tack cloth. Apply two coats of primer and allow it to dry between coats. Then, roll or brush on two coats of paint in the direction of the wood grain. Voila. That old accent table looks good as new. There are a few things in your home that you shouldn't paint, like kitchen countertops. Standard paint does not have a food safe finish and the paint won't hold up to the heat or moisture, and the same goes for ceramic tile in wet areas like a kitchen or bathroom. Water will break down the paint. With a little elbow grease and the cost of paint, you can give your furnishings new life. For more painting tips, visit BHG.com.