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Interior Painting & Finishing

Are your walls and ceilings looking a little forlorn? If they are, maybe it’s time to paint. Nothing can punch up the look of a room more quickly and effectively than a new paint job.

When it comes to home improvements, painting often gives you the biggest bang for your buck.

But where do you start? How do you prepare the walls? Should you paint the ceiling first? What are the best techniques for masking and protecting areas that you don’t want to paint? Should you use a roller, a brush, or both?

In this section of HomeTips, you’ll find the answers to these questions and many more to help you paint like a pro. Painting is one of those jobs that, given a little guidance and step-by-step instruction, a complete novice can handle with aplomb-and save a bundle in the process.

For information on paint, see Paint & Equipment; for information on decorative painting, see Faux Finishes.

Also See:

Buying House Paint
Preparing for Interior Painting
Interior Painting Techniques

Featured Resource: Find a Pre-Screened Local Interior Painting Pro

About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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