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How to Paint Anything

Paint is for more than just walls. Discover what else you can do with paint and learn the tricks to using paint to spruce up doors, furniture and more.

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-Hi, I'm Wendy. You can add color your home beyond just the walls. Almost any surface in your home can be painted. After giving your walls a new coat of pain, keep on going with the trim and other accents in your home like windows, a fireplace mantle 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 in place. First you wanna remove the knobs and hardware and mask or tape the hinges. Use a primer to lack in the original finish. Then, use at least 2 coats of semi gloss paint, an instant update. Another great way to add some color to your home is to repaint with furniture like this accent table. If the surface is already painted or varnished, remove any dirt or wax build with the household cleaner. Sand any rough areas and wipe away dust with a tack cloth. Apply 2 coats of primer and allow it to dry between coats. Then, roll your brush on 2 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 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 tiles and wet areas like a kitchen or bathroom. Water will break down the pain. With a little elbow grease and the cost of paint, you can give your furnishings new life. For more painting tips, visit bhg.com.