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The DIYer’s Guide to Prepping Your Walls

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Before you paint, you have to prep. Follow these steps to do it right. By Diane Franklin Any painting pro will tell you—the difference between a so-so painting job and an excellent one is in the prep. You can use the same quality paint and the same quality paint applicators, but if you skimped on the prep work, your final results will tell the tale. If there are imperfections in the wall, they will show through even the best paint job, so be sure to take care of those before you paint. Here are the steps you should take to...

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Five Uses for Leftover Paint

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If you have unused paint in your basement, now is the time to get out your paintbrush and get creative. By Diane Franklin Typically when you paint a room in your home, you are going to have something left over in the can. Maybe you have a collection of those cans in your basement, having saved them with the thought that “someday” you’ll have a use for that extra paint. If “someday” has arrived, here are some ideas for what you can do with that leftover paint. Laundry Rooms and Walk-in Closets For most people, walk-in closets and laundry rooms...

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Where Do We Go From Gray?

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Gray has dominated the palette for the last several years. Now we’re starting to see the emergence of other colors to enhance or replace this popular hue. By Diane Franklin As we spend more time in our homes, we may be thinking about the next big color trend. Grays have been huge in home decorating for quite some time, but it’s not too early to think, “What comes next?” Some of the answers may surprise you. Darker Neutrals Grays have enjoyed prolonged popularity largely because they go with everything, and in many ways, they are a chameleon-like color. Of course,...

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All the Comforts of Home

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“Home” should be as comfortable as possible! If your home doesn’t meet that description, here are ideas to help you achieve it. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen Does the word “home” conjure up sensations of comfort for you? Of safety, serenity and sanctuary? Of a warm and cozy embrace? Hopefully this is true for you, but if not, there are steps you can take to make your home more comfort-inducing. This is something to aspire to at all times—and maybe now more than ever. Take Inventory The first step toward making your home comfortable is to take an inventory of each room,...

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Al Fresco Decorating

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Like interior spaces, exterior spaces need decorating, too. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen Patios, decks, porches and gardens increasingly have become expansions of our living space. This is especially true now, as we’ve found ourselves by choice or necessity more at home than ever before. To be more “livable,” outdoor spaces should be as well decorated as interior ones with an eye toward color, style and comfort. The two areas don’t have to be identical matches. However, there needs to be flow from the inside to the outside so that your senses aren’t jarred as you step from one to the other....

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