Home improvements check list - Steps to be taken before contract a home improvement service.

How to Find a Contractor - How to find the right contractor to get your home repair or home improvement job done most effectively.

Avoiding Home Repair Ripoffs - Tips on how to prevent home repair scams.

A consumer Home Inspection Kit - How to select and maintain the right home for you.

Six Tips for Bringing Summer into Your Home all Year Round - How to Six Tips for Bringing Summer into Your Home all Year Round.

Fixed-Fee versus Time-and-Materials Contracts - How to decide what kind of contract you'll need to get your home repair or home improvement job done most effectively.

How to hire a contractor - Finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.

Faux Finishing with Finesse - How to Faux Finishing with Finesse.

To Tape or Not to Tape - How to Tape or Not to Tape.

Applying Stucco - Stuck on stucco? It makes an excellent exterior surface, is durable and weather-resistant, has a pleasing texture, and can be painted.

Sponging On - Sponging on is the technique of applying different color paints to a uniform-color base coat.

There Is Always Something To Improve Or Innovate For Comfort - In this fast moving world of the 21st century, we are always forced to do everything in a rush, even eating and sleeping.

Combing  - This project is best done with two people. One person paints the top coat on while the other person drags the comb through the paint to reveal the base coat underneath.

Crackling -

Freehand Painted Tiles - While a stenciled-tile technique will produce a neat, uniform look, tiles painted with your design will look freeform and arty.

Granite Finish - This technique is perfect for wood furniture and accessories

Leaf Stamping - Forget ready-made stamps when what you need is lying in the front yard.

Marbling  - The following instructions will help you achieve a black marble finish.

Ragging  - Ragging is just as easy as sponging, but can give your wall a more subtle, sophisticated look.

Sponging - Sponging is a quick way to add texture and color to a wall. Be sure to use a new sponge for each color you add.

Stenciled Tiles - The following instructions will help you stencil individual tiles, but you can use the same technique to stencil other ceramic items, such as mugs and plates.

Striping - Whether you want formal, tailored stripes, or fun, funky stripes, low-tack painter's tape makes striping your walls easy.

Tone-on-Tone Comb Painting - Comb painting lends a subtle, textured look to walls, cabinets, even furnishings. It's one decorative painting technique that anyone can do well.

Verdigris  - Layers of paint and a dash of bronzing powder will give your piece the look of aged copper.

Wall Stenciling - With the wide variety of stencils available, you're sure to find a design that suits your style.

Expert Advice: Cleaning Paint Brushes - Painting expert Brian Santos reveals his special method for cleaning paint tools. Read more in his new book, "Painting Secrets."

Expert Advice: Painting Wallcoverings - Painting expert Brian Santos warns about painting over wallpaper. Read more in his new book, "Painting Secrets."

Decorative Painting Primer - You've seen them everywhere -- walls that come alive with subtle texture and color. Now you can create the same finishes in your home with this guide on popular decorative painting techniques.

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