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Painting Finishes and Techniques

Get expert tips on types of painting finishes and learn how to apply painting techniques.

High-gloss enamel on the woodwork, flat paint on the dining-room walls, an eggshell finish in the family room -- how do you decide what type of paint to use where? Knowing the basic paint types and finishes will help you choose. Also learn about positive and negative painting techniques, cloud finishes, colorwashing and simple step-by-step instructions on how to apply them.

Learn creative ways to apply paint to your walls.

  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Easy/Moderate

    Moderate

Color Washing for an Aged Appearance

Color washing adds an aged appearance to the outside of a newly built cottage home.

  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Easy/Moderate

    Moderate

How to Apply a Cloud Faux-Finish Technique

Transform any room into a heavenly haven, using a simple faux-finish technique to create a cloud-painated sky.

  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Easy/Moderate

    Moderate

Positive and Negative Paint Applications

Learn the difference between positive and negative paint-application techniques.

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