This page is where you find our latest additions: tutorials for choosing paint colors, tips for decorating with paint, DIY house painting instructions, creative painting ideas and project inspiration.
And if you like what you see on this site, here are the ways you can stay in touch:
Tips and tricks for faux painting finishes done with a rag: learn how to make your positive and negative ragging and rag rolling effects look elegant.
Question: What are the best paint/glaze color combinations for faux ragging finishes? Also, when rag painting, does the base coat has to be the lighter
Question: What type of material is best for faux rag painting techniques? Cotton? Cheesecloth? Or maybe there's no difference at all and I'm making things
If you've ever tried the sponging on technique, basic ragging on will be easier for you to learn - both the instructions and the process will feel familiar.
Question: How do you hold the cloth when rag painting? When I practice on sample boards, the imprints look different depending on how I bunch it up.
Ragging is one of the best known decorative techniques for many reasons: it is very adaptable, quick and easy to do, and needs no specialist tools. The
Thin, gauze-like cheesecloth (the material used here to remove glaze) is what produces the subtle texture of this subtractive paint finish and offers a
Here is another elegant variation of cloth distressing. It starts with ragging off, which creates a coarsely textured finish, and ends with cheeseclothing
Although similar to single color ragging and cheesclothing, this version of the same painting technique has a painterly quality to it. The job is a bit
When executed in two similar tones (a darker glaze applied over a lighter base), ragging off and cheeseclothing produce a subtle finish. But when done
Rag painting is not always done with cloth, sometimes other materials are used for a different effect. In this simple tutorial, you will use plastic instead
Here is an interesting painting technique called crosshatch ragging. When completed, the decorative finish resembles grass cloth. This technique can
The decorative painting technique of parchment, or frottage, combines Old World texture with a soft yet contemporary attitude. Based on the French word
These subtractive rag painting techniques will teach you how to texturize wet glaze with a cloth, in order to leave decorative impressions on the surface.
The warm and vibrant colors used in this rag painting technique remind us of the baking heat of a Tuscan summer, and the rough and uneven texture of the
In rag rolling, you work with a roll of cloth that produces a rhythmic linear pattern - in contrast to the random effect of the loosely bunched rag in
This technique produces a heavily glazed surface, but with a more stylized, floral-like texture, because here you use a different hand motion than in traditional
This multi-tonal rag painting method uses 3 colors from the same paint strip, to create an interesting yet subdued effect. And even though you'll work
This technique is a logical continuation of ragging on one color - it begins where the basic method leaves off. This process adds a second color glaze
Learn how to faux paint with a rag - these single and multi-color painting techniques will let you create textured decorative finishes on your walls.
Our affiliate program pays 50% commision for every sale you refer. New concept, hungry market, strong copy.
Paint Color Cheat Sheets is a shortcut to the best interior paint colors in a Sherwin Williams deck: proven, tried and tested colors that always work.
The look and feel of sponge painting techniques depends on your choice of sponge, selected colors, glazing mix and the actual application method.
Want to learn how to sponge paint off walls, ceilings or any other flat surface? This painting technique is only slightly more difficult than sponging on.
Question: I understand that when sponge painting, the finish of the base coat can be flat, satin or glossy (depending on our preference). But what about
Question: I need to buy a sponge (I want to try my hand at positive sponging), but when I looked online, they all look so different! The prices range
Question: What paint color combinations are best for sponge painting techniques? Answer: The most harmonious and eye-pleasing sponged ON finishes consist
Question: I want to create a subtle, barely-there sponge painting finish on my kitchen walls. I've already selected the colors, and I'm practicing the
Thinking of sponge painting walls? Learn how to extend glaze drying time, tone down a busy finish, correct a mistake or custom-shape a sea sponge.
Sponge painting tutorials: learn how to apply or remove paint glaze for textured decorative effects. Different sponging methods, tips and examples.
As a first time home owner I was very excited to escape from the boring white walls of my apartment, and to make my new-to-me, 46 year old house my own.
Learn the sponge paint technique: tools and materials needed, glaze recipe, step by step directions, tips for choosing the color and paint finish.
I attend Utah State University in Logan, Utah and I recently rented a small house near campus with some friends. The landlord allowed us to paint and
When choosing paint colors and combinations, some pros have a method, while others follow their instinct. But they can all teach you something about picking colors for painting and decorating a home.
We have recently finished the basement in our house, and paint color was an important final decision for this home improvement project. Depending on the
It's a funny feeling - writing an intro for an interview where the paint color expert is... myself! But after someone interviewed me for their publication
This is a small space in my room which I created to relax a bit, play the guitar and read my books. I chose Glidden Fresh Pineapple interior paint color
I used a very light shade of yellow paint colour called Liquid Light in my living room, as I feel that dark colours tend to make a space feel smaller.
When we first bought the house, this living room was painted a pretty bright orange color and everyone hated it. So of course it was the first on the list
If you are intimidated by paint color, Donna Frasca has a recipe for you - a Color Recipe©, that is. You see, Donna is completely unafraid of color: she
Hi, well me and my wife recently moved into this house (can you tell by the mismatch furniture?), and we decided to paint our walls tan in the living room.
Rich colors, lots of drama and character, each element a conversation piece - that's what the designs of Dustin Van Fleet are all about. You can love
I like Japanese style, and that's what I was going for here. Though most of the items in my room do not in fact have much to do with Japan, there is without
Just like her designs and color schemes, Cathleen Davidson is a wonderful mix of whimsy, excitement, and ambiance. In her own words: I love life. All
Before I painted my kitchen it was a dull tan color. That color was a great neutral color, but rather boring. I wanted something more vibrant, but not
Kelly Porter lives in a world of no wrong paint colors. She embraces even the boldest hues and the most unconventional color combinations. Being a woman
Hey this is my freshly painted white living room. I used white color paint and added a few drops of black paint to get the desired effect - as you see
You can't help but fall in love with Maria Killam - she is the Queen of happy color, and you'll understand why the minute you see all the vibrant hues
When I was updating my house from plain old white to something a little more lively, I decided to restore the room to a more Victorian look. Rather than