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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.
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Painting wood beadboard and other wood trim requires patience and attention to detail. But, our step-by-step instructions and how-to photos will walk you through the prep work, then show you how to apply a durable, attractive finish that will improve the look of any room in your home.