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Frottage Your Cottage


Pressing film, fabric, or any other thin material into glaze and then peeling it off produces a finish known as frottage, which is the French word for “rub.” The technique results in a richly varied texture far different from what you can do with a brush or roller. It is a wonderful technique to consider […]



THE Checklist for Interior Paint Prep


This checklist will help you prepare for your next Reno interior paint project: Decide on the type of paint you want to use flat, low-gloss, glossy. (Latex-based paint is used for interior painting.) Realize that different parts of your Reno home might need different types of paint. Buy enough paint to cover a room in […]



Painting: Sequence Counts


With good preparation and a few tricks of the trade, painting interior ceilings and walls is a simple process that can yield professional results. As important as having clean, smooth surfaces is following a specific sequence. Here are the general rules to follow: If you are staining or clear-finishing trim, do so before painting the […]



What NOT to Paint Your Bedroom


While there is no right or wrong color to paint your Reno home, or your bedroom for that matter, there are a few guidelines to follow when it comes to painting your  bedroom. After all, it’s your bedroom…the place you wake up to in the morning and the place you relax and sleep in at […]



Perfectly Painted Popcorn (Ceiling)


Painting popcorn ceiling can be an enjoyable interior painting project if you are a do-it-yourself guy and love painting of course!  If not, you can always call your Reno painting contractor. Popcorn ceilings have nothing to do with popcorn other than the fact that they have a texture which looks like popcorn stuck on the […]



Complements = Compliments


Picking out paint colors can be a confusing experience, leaving you racked with indecision as you peruse swatches from paint companies intent on re-creating all of the 7 million colors distinguishable to the human eye. Trying to figure out which of those colors will mix harmoniously on your Reno living room wall is enough to […]



Mask On, Mask Off


Masking off baseboard and other trim is a great way to get a professional-looking interior paint job. You’ll get a crisp, clean paint line where the walls meet the trim. And the job will go quicker because you’ll avoid the time-consuming “cutting in” with the paintbrush and cleaning up paint spatters from your woodwork.  Of […]



The Skinny on Paint Thinner


Paint does not need to curdle to require paint thinner. Paint starts to thicken when exposed to open air for a long time. However, this does not mean that you have to throw away the previous paint and buy a new can. The job of the paint thinner is to change the consistency of the […]



Don’t Make Me Say It – Just Match My Paint Please


Maybe you’ve created your own custom color for your interior painting project from paints lying around the basement, only to find that you can’t figure out how to replicate it. Or perhaps you moved into an Reno home with a paint color scheme that you love, but it needs some touching up. You head over […]



Stipple a Little


Sponge painting, rag rolling, stippling, and paneling are a few of the decorative paint techniques that can give your Reno home unique charm and character. Beautiful dapple color effects can be achieved with minimal materials and the most basic instruction. Starting off with a simple project to test out your new painting techniques is the […]



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