The painted surface is a free online guide of painting ideas. It covers tools, painting tips, painting techniques, color, paint, preparation and painting methods needed for home improvement projects. We hope you will find within these pages the painting tips, painting techniques and painting ideas you need to beautify your home with color. The links are divided into the most asked about subjects. There you will find articles that explain and inform in detail how to perform each task. The PAINTING TIPS category is a collection of nuggets of information covering a wide variety of subjects gleaned from over 20 years of actual painting experience. Specific painting methods are discussed in the How to paint a room section, everything from How to paint a stairway to How to choose a paintbrush and more. Click COLOR for help with choosing colors such as help with finding colors to match wood grain in cabinets, floors and paneling in the article - paint colors to match wood grain. In TOOLS there is info about what equipment is needed to accomplish the task of painting a single room or an entire home. PAINTING TECHNIQUES will cover a range of subjects from the basic to the advanced, explaining how to use a roller to how to apply faux finishes. Go to PAINT to gain knowledge about the different types of interior and exterior paint. PREPARATION will get you going in the right direction with helpful information about how to prepare a room for painting and discussing surface prep, preliminary thoughts and scheduling. Do remember SAFETY should be your first priority. A gallery of photos found in INSPIRATION is a source for painting ideas you may want to use. To view a complete outline of this website, check the SITEMAP, where all topics can be found. We invite you to sign up for the NEWSLETTER from the painted surface. It will discuss seasonal home maintenance and painting tips as well as color and decorating trends.
With spring arriving it may be time to restain your wood deck. Read the recent article reveiwing Behr's DeckOver® here; how to stain an old deck.
Is your brick fireplace in need of a makeover and you believe the solution might be painting, whitewashing or sealing the fireplace brick trim? See if these tips and ideas on how to paint fireplace brick trim will help.
Sherwin-Williams has partnered with Pottery Barn to create a collection of paint colors for kids, teens and the home or office. They can be viewed at Pottery Barn Paint Colors.
Pantone has just announced its 2017 Color of the Year! It and similar colrs can be viewed at Pantone 2017 color of the year “Greenery”.
Restoration Hardware has a collection of colors the painted surface would like to share with its readers. These 36 paint colors formulated to complement their fabrics are suitable for living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. If you are looking for a neutral color for the home office you may find it here in this palette of rich hues and tones. See the paint colors at Restoration Hardware Paint Colors.
Southern Living has featured a new color developed by Sherwin-Williams and the Historic Charleston Foundation in South carolina and used in the Nathaniel Russell House. See photos at Sherwin-Williams - Drawing Room Wallpaper.
See the pages of commonly asked painting questions and hopefully some helpful answers at Questions and Answers.
Are you looking to freshen up the front of your home with a minimum amount of work? A new front door color might be the answer. Just changing the color of the front door will add interest to the front facade. Check out the new article... Front Door Colors for some tips and ideas.
Are you looking to freshen up a room previously painted with stripes? The ridges, colors or sheens of striped walls may show through without the proper prep work. Check out the new article... how to paint over striped walls for some tips and ideas.
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