Refinish Your Cabinets

Save thousands by painting cabinets instead of replacing them. Refinishing kitchen cabinets is a difficult and labor-intensive painting project, but the payoff can be huge. For a fraction of the cost of new cabinets, refinishing can transform a well-worn kitchen into one that looks and feels new. As with most painting projects, the secret to […]

Skillful Brushwork for Doors and Windows

Follow these tips and techniques for a flawless finish. The paint protecting your doors and windows has a tough and important job to do. It must endure hostile weather, punishing wear, and up-close scrutiny every day. Paint made for doors and windows used to be judged by how much lead it contained—the more lead, the […]

Don’t Be Afraid to Spray

The basic setup, operation, and maintenance of this versatile, labor-saving tool is a lot easier than you think. During the more than 20 years I’ve been a painter, I’ve used an airless sprayer to apply thousands of gallons of paints and coatings of all types. Compared to brushing and rolling, spraying saves time on both […]

Smoother Walls

Drywall primer/surfacers are the first step in getting the perfect paint job. Most new drywall has three coats of joint compound on corners and seams, but much of the drywall’s paper face is left uncoated. This is a Level 4 finish as specified by the National Gypsum Association. Even though the walls and ceilings look […]

10 Tips to Paint Like a Pro – Part 2

Tip 9: Theres a quick fix for sticky doors and windows Have you ever tried to open a cabinet door that feels like it is glued shut? This condition is known as blocking, and it is common on places where cured latex paint tries to stick to itself, such as on wood windows, painted doors […]

10 Tips to Paint Like a Pro – Part 1

Products and advice for tackling the toughest parts of the job As a professional painter with nearly 20 years of experience, I’ve developed a thriving business. Getting there hasn’t been easy, though, and I’ve made my share of mistakes. However, I’ve used these mistakes to improve my technique and to seek out high-quality, problem-solving products […]