The Right Way to Re-Finish Kitchen Cabinets

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Editor’s Note: This post was updated on December 16, 2013.

sanding kitchen cabinets

If you’ve looked at the price of kitchen cabinets lately then you know they can get costly fast. Opting to re-finish kitchen cabinets in lieu of a full makeover is a smart way to give cabinetry a fresh new look without breaking the bank.…

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10 Important Dos and Don’ts When Painting in the Fall

painting exterior of house

In many parts of the country, Fall brings some of the best weather all year for exterior painting. You have to be smart about it, though–not only is the season short, but the days themselves offer a narrow window for those perfect conditions.…

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How to Prime PVC, Vinyl, Glass, and Tile

painting house exterior

Some tough-to-paint surfaces are the ones that need a primer most, but those materials can also be a challenge even for a primer to adhere to. Galvanized metal, PVC, vinyl, glass, aluminum, Formica, tile—these are hard, glossy surfaces that are difficult for a conventional primer to grip.…

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Prime Importance–Why a Primer is Still Essential for Most Paint Jobs

priming a new surface

With new products out on the market these days, sometimes a primer isn’t necessary. Over the past several years paint companies have been heavily marketing “Paint & Primer in One” products to DIY consumers. Daily television, radio, print and web ads promise consumers that by using all-in-one products they will finish painting jobs much faster than if they prime and paint separately.…

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How to Choose a House Color

Floridian blue house

Benjamin Moore colors: Violet Stone 2069-40; Brilliant White Exterior Ready Mix

Above: Context is a key factor in choosing a house color. The natural setting, light quality and regional influences give this home in tropical Florida its color cred. This palette against the red rocks of the Southwest, for example, would  look wildly out of place.

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How to Waterproof Your Basement

dry basement

If you live in a house with an unfinished basement, chances are it has that distinctive musty odor and feels damp from time to time, especially during rainy weather or when the humidity starts to climb. That’s because moisture from the air condenses on cold concrete walls, and the dampness encourages mold and mildew, which causes that distinct “damp basement” smell.…

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