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Paint behind the toilet
If you have a tight spot to paint, remove the pad from an inexpensive paint edging tool and hot-glue the pad to a stir stick. Now you've got a painting tool that will fit behind toilet tanks and radiators. If you shy away from painting projects because of the mess, check out this collection of tips, Paint a Room Without Making a Mess!
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Paint shingles, stucco or brick
With the right tools, paint and technique, you can successfully paint to large areas of cedar shingles (shown), stucco or brick. Buy a roller setup consisting of a heavy-duty roller cage (this is the handle part); top-quality 1/2-in. nap roller covers, one for each color (you'll wash and reuse them); and a roller screen. Our complete tutorial on exterior painting covers everything a DIYers needs to know to get professional-looking results.
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Designer paint finishes
Transform a room from dull to dramatic in one weekend with one of these three creative painting and glazing techniques. All are easy-to-do, attractive and inexpensive. Shown is "Random Rectangles." Four layers of glazed boxes overlap to create this contemporary design. Learn how to create this effect, plus two more custom wall finishes, "Shimmery Stripes" and "Weathered Wainscot" in this how-to guide.