Category Archives: Painting

How to remove paint from a door

paint stripper

Things You’ll Need

  • Paint remover
  • Newspaper
  • Paint brush
  • Gloves
  • Safety mask
  • Scraper
  • Sand paper
  • Trash bags or  plastic


1 Prepare your work area. If possible, this is an outside job. If you can take  the door outside you will prevent fumes from the paint remover from overwhelming  your home. If removing the paint outside is not an option, make sure you have a  work area with lots of windows that can be opened. Lay out trash bags or other  plastic in the area you are working in and over that lay newspapers in several  layers. This will help protect the floor you are working  on.

2 Put on your own safety gear. This should include gloves and a face mask.  Appropriate items for this particular job are sold at local home improvement  stores. Breathing the fumes from the paint remover is not healthy. Make sure you  read all safety precautions and directions on the paint  remover.

3 Brush on a layer of paint remover. Work on one side of the door at a time.  You will have to give the paint remover time to work. Follow the guidelines on  the can. The amount of time needed will be listed and can vary depending on how  many layers of paint are on the door.

4 Use the scraper to carefully begin lifting the paint from the door. Make sure  you have a save container to put the paint scraps in. Old paint cans that still  have the lids are perfect for this. Make sure the cans are disposed of  properly.

5 Be prepared to do some sanding. Paint is likely to linger in cracks and  crevices and can be difficult to remove. Try sanding it. Another good tip is to  use a butter knife or metal file to remove paint from the  cracks.

6 Allow the door to completely dry before beginning the same process with the  other side. Flip the door over carefully and begin again on the other side.  Allow both sides to dry completely before doing any painting or staining to the  door. If the paint remover is not completely dry, it can interfere with the new  paint.

How to stencil a wall

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Learn how to stencil a border. With simple wall stencils decorating is fun, inexpensive and easy! Professional decorative artists show how to use an interlocking wall stencil. Stencils are available in all shapes and sizes so this demonstrates the basic idea.

How to paint a wall

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Step 1: Smooth bumps & wipe If painting a new wall with no previous paint, use sandpaper to smooth any bumps. If there are any holes, spackle and sand them. Then wipe with a damp rag.
Step 2: Cover trim & floor Cover the trim with blue painter’s tape and cover the floor with a drop cloth.
Step 3: Apply primer Apply a thick coat of primer with a thickly padded roller. This will hide any surface imperfections and keep the paint from peeling. Allow the primer to fully dry.
Tip Choose paint colors a shade lighter than what you really want—colors often dry darker than you expect—and test them on a small, discreet spot.
Step 4: Paint edges Tackle the edges first. Using a two- or three-inch brush, apply a band of paint along the edges of the ceiling, windows, doors, baseboards, and cabinets. This is called “cutting in.”
Tip Small rooms take about one or two gallons for the first coat; the second coat takes about half as much.
Step 5: Use roller to paint Pour paint into a roller pan and use the roller to paint in an up and down motion. One technique: roll out a W shape in paint and then spread it evenly into a square.
Tip Don’t paint from side to side—it can look streaky.
Step 6: Wait for 1st coat to dry Wait an hour or so for the first coat to dry.
Tip Want to make it dry faster? Put some fans in the room.
Step 7: Apply 2nd coat Apply the second coat with a fresh roller pad with a lighter shag. Use less pressure the second time around—just make sure the paint is distributed evenly.
Step 8: Fill in spots Use a two-inch brush—or even a small painter’s brush from an art store—to fill in or even out any spots you missed or that are too bulky or streaky.
Step 9: Let dry & remove tape Once the second coat is dry (in about an hour) carefully remove the painter’s tape.
Step 10: Enjoy wall Enjoy your newly painted wall!