Tips, tricks and techniques

Painting tips for a refreshed home
Painting a room - or a home - is still one of the simplest and most affordable home improvements you can do to change the look, and Plascon have a complete range of products that add value and refresh a home - at the fraction of the cost of other improvements.
How to paint handles and hardware
When you restore, upcycle, repurpose or make your own furniture, painting you want to be able to paint handles and hardware to match the finished project. Plus, you can't always find what you need in the stores, so it helps to know that you can - and how to - paint handles and hardware.
Paint tips that save your time and money
We could all use a few tips, tricks and techniques now and again, especially when it comes to painting. Homeowners spend more time painting a home than any other home improvement project, so being able to save time - and money - makes sense.
Tips and techniques for painting floors
Need to give your home a makeover? Paint is still one of the easiest and most affordable ways to instantly update a room - no matter what surface you paint. And paint is not just for walls. With proper preparation and the right paint you can paint just about any surface in and around the home.
How to paint wicker furniture
If you need to give wicker furniture a new lease on life, a quick makeover with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint will do the job. Make sure to spend time on the preparation and your new painted wicker furniture will be good looking for longer.
Maintain wooden window & door frames
Wooden window frames do more than hold glass in place, they also add aesthetic appeal to both the inside and outside of a home. Like any timber product, wooden window frames require regular maintenance to keep them looking good and extend their life.

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How to spray paint pine furniture
I am sure there are many of you out there who have at least one item of pine furniture in your homes. Pine is probably the most affordable furniture out there, apart from making your own, but it always has that look about it. For this project I'm going to show you how easy it is to give pine furniture a makeover, and the fun part is that you can change it to any colour you want.
Tips for storing leftover paint
Like everything else, the price of paint has gone up. While it's always a good idea to keep some paint for touch-ups or small projects, storing your leftover paint allows you to keep it for a couple of years and use it when and where you can.
How to paint steel window frames
Are your window frames covered with layer upon layer of paint? Do they show rust spots? Are they spoiling the look of your home? Time to strip and paint your window frames!
How to make your own stencils
Stencilling requires no artistic talent, although the end result is most impressive. Stencils are readily available from art and paint shops but can be copied or drawn. Designs can easily be enlarged using a photocopier.
How to paint pine tongue & groove panelling
While pine tongue and groove panelling was fashionable in the seventies, now it's an eyesore in many homes - a legacy of what not to put on walls.
What colour should I paint the ceiling?
The most obvious answer is white, but does every ceiling have to be white. Can you not paint the ceiling in other colours, or add a texture finish?

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How to paint exterior wood
With the proper preparation there is no reason why you cannot paint exterior timber. Painted wood adds another element to a garden and home. Add colour to a garden hut or Wendy house - or paint your front door in a bold, eyecatching colour.
How to paint pine panelling or tongue & groove
I often receive enquiries on the correct procedure for painting over wall panelling and tongue-and-groove (T&G) ceilings and walls. Although the initial preparation may seem like a lot of work, the end result is that you will no longer have to stare at yellow walls and ceilings. Plus, the room will feel a lot brighter and more spacious.
Paint like a pro
There are various ways to paint a wall, and then there are ways to paint a wall for a professional finish. Follow these tips for great looking walls in your home:
How to paint designs on textured walls
Painting textured walls can be a challenge. Every time we paint, we think that we have the walls perfectly covered, until a few days later when we find tiny little dots that we missed due to the “knock down” texture. It’s become such a routine with our painting that touching up a few days later is one of our expected steps.
How to paint a face brick wall
There are some people who believe exposed brick should never be painted. People on the other side of the issue feel that brick is heavy and dark and the best path to happiness is a coat of paint.
Hot to remove paint with a hot air gun
Removing layers and layers of paint are not my favourite task. It takes a long time and can be extremely messy, especially if you use a sander or chemical paint stripper. I decided it was time to fork out and get myself a hot air gun ...

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Tips for smooth doors
If you're still painting interior doors with a paintbrush, chances are you are left with a surface that isn't very smooth. No matter how hard you try you will always have brush strokes on the finish. There is a way to achieve a perfect finish:
Tips on removing wallpaper
I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Removing wallpaper is a messy, time-consuming and tedious job. I wish I could tell you there’s a nifty new product that will make the whole thing easy. But there isn’t. And if you don’t know what you’re doing or you start to get frustrated, you can damage your walls or stop before the job is done.
Stencilling tips
With high density foam rollers, you can complete stencil projects in one-tenth the time that traditional stencil brushing would take. Using a stencil brush is still the best method if the cut outs in the stencil are very small or if the pattern requires intricate shading, but for stencil patterns that call for even paint application, rolling the paint on is the best technique to use.
Stain or paint concrete floor
Many homeowners are choosing to have a concrete floor rather than tile or carpet their interiors. This versatile and low maintenance flooring option can be polished, stained or painted.
How to dispose of old paint
Puzzled about how to dispose of leftover paint? Paint can be hazardous waste and as such, it is not the easiest stuff to get rid off. In many countries, it's even illegal to throw paint in the trash because of the damage it does to the environment.
The art of using accent colours
Certain colours innately evoke different memories, thoughts or moods. If your home is laced with walls that are too white or overbearingly dark, details in your décor can change everything. By recognizing this, it is easy to brighten up or give any room a little extra personality with accent colours.
Using the 60 30 10 principle for decorating
If you constantly browse through glossy home magazines looking for ideas and inspiration, you will have often wondered how they always manage to get it right - The paint colours used in room settings always seem so perfect. Interior designers and decorators make use of the 60-30-10 principle...

 

 

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