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Enamel vs. Lacquer: Which One's Best for Painting Kitchen Cabinets?

Enamel and pre-catalyzed lacquer are two durable coatings used by many painters for cabinet painting. In this article, I cover my likes and dislikes for both and reveal my personal favorite for painting cabinets.


What's the Best Wood for Painted Cabinets? My Top Picks

Whether you're looking for replacement cabinet doors, or you're wondering how your cabinets might look when painted, this article covers the best types of wood cabinets to paint.


Tips for Painting Accent Walls Like a Pro

Painting accent walls is a quick and inexpensive way to add a little character to a room. This article covers some common accent wall mistakes to avoid and how to paint them from start to finish.


Tips for Painting Over Smoke-Stained Walls and Nicotine

Smoke stains are difficult to paint over without proper surface cleaning and priming. If you're painting over smoke-stained walls or nicotine, this article covers how to do it the right way and avoid bleed-through.


What's the Best Outdoor Paint for Wood? My Top Picks

Finding the right exterior wood paint can be tricky when there are so many options to choose from. In this article, I cover my top three best outdoor paints I use for wood siding, fences and trim.


How to Paint Edges of Walls Without Tape

Cutting-in wall edges with a free hand is the most challenging part of a painting project. Most people resort to tape, but taping everything can be problematic. Check out my tips on painting wall edges without tape or those ridiculous edging tools.


5 Baseboard Painting Hacks for Straight Lines and No Mess

Check out my baseboard painting hacks and tips to help you achieve a perfect paint job without a mess on the floor.


What's the Best Sherwin Williams Ceiling Paint? My Top Picks

Sherwin Williams sells some of the best paints on the market, but what's their best ceiling paint? Check out my top picks for Sherwin Williams ceiling paints I've used on my painting projects.


Tips for Staining and Painting T1-11 Siding

T1-11 siding will last many years when the surface is repeatedly stained or painted to keep it sealed and protected from moisture. Check out my tips on staining and painting your plywood siding to preserve it for years to come.


Tips for Spray Painting Cabinet Frames With an Airless Paint Sprayer

One of the best ways to paint kitchen cabinet frames is with an airless sprayer. Spraying frames is faster than using a brush and achieves a smoother finish. Check out my tips on spraying cabinet frames like a professional.


Review of the Watersong Pull-out Spring Kitchen Faucet

I was searching for a reasonably priced kitchen faucet that combined quality with flexibility. The WaterSong Spring Kitchen Sink Faucet appeared to be a strong contender.


How to Stop Fisheye in Paint and Lacquer

Fisheye is an annoying surface imperfection that can occur when using many different types of coatings. This article explains how to stop fisheye when spraying paint and lacquer.


How to Fix Nest Thermostat No Power to RC Wire Detected Problem

If you have a Nest thermostat and are getting a warning that there is no power to RC wire detected, here is what may be causing it.


How to Clean Your Drains Naturally With Bokashi Tea

Bokashi tea is a wonderful, eco-friendly alternative to harsh chemical drain cleaners. Learn how to use this bokashi composting byproduct to safely and effectively get rid of annoying clogs in your plumbing.


Tips on Using Drywall Joint Compound as a Grain Filler for Oak Cabinets

Drywall joint compound can also serve as an effective grain filler for oak cabinets. Drywall mud fills oak grain and sands easier than some official wood fillers I've experimented with. Check out my tips on using joint compound for your cabinet painting project.


How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets Before Painting

Cleaning cabinets before painting is an essential part of the preparation process. Check out my tips on how to clean cabinets before you paint them.


How I Painted My Brick Fireplace Black in 3 Easy Steps

With one day, a little elbow grease, primer, and black paint, I was able to update our 1980s red brick fireplace. In only three easy steps, the centerpiece of our living room was completely transformed into a fresh, up to date, yet classic look.


What's the Best Degreaser for Kitchen Cabinets Before Painting? My Top Picks

In this article, I go over my top picks for the best degreaser to use for kitchen cabinet painting. All four are products I use for my cabinet painting projects.


How to Spray Paint Cabinet Doors With an Airless Sprayer

Using an airless sprayer to paint your cabinets is actually easy once you understand how to do it. This article shows you exactly how to prep and paint your cabinets with an airless sprayer.


Should I Get Gutter Guards Installed?

Gutter guards are supposed to make your gutters worry free, and there is lots of advertising pushing the product. But is it really worth spending the money on this home improvement?


How to Remove and Cover Heavy Wall Texture

Older homes often come with heavy wall texture that is not only unattractive, but can make your home look dated. With some time and effort, you can cover it up in a weekend.


How to Clear a Clog in Your Home's Gutter Downspout

Clogs in your home's downspouts can be a serious problem. Water accumulating around your house will cause damage and attract pests. If your gutters are overflowing, clear the clog yourself and avoid a costly bill.


How to Install Your Own Toilet

Eventually, your commode will crap out. Or perhaps you want a new look for your bathroom. In either case, having a plumber install a new toilet can cost a bundle. Save that cash for something you really need because installing your own toilet is a simple DIY project.


How to Check If You Have a Leaky Roof

So you suspect you might have a leaking roof . . . but are you sure? How do you tell?


Dimplex DLGM29 Opti-Myst Open Hearth Fireplace Insert Review

I will share my personal review of the Dimplex DLGM29 Opti-Myst electric fireplace insert, as well as simple assembly instructions.


Recycling Salvaged Decking and Offcuts

Salvaging and recycling decking, and decking offcuts, into a range of DIY projects around the garden, including making a folding garden BBQ table, wooden seating, compost and recycle bins and a decking step.


Do You Need to Update Your Electrical Panel?

Replacing your electrical panel can be costly. Do you really need to replace it?


What's the Best Way to Paint Kitchen Cabinets?: Pro Tips

The best way to paint cabinets is to use a system that saves time and provides a professional finish. Cabinet painting is not a weekend project in most cases. Check out my tips and considerations to make your project easier.


Tips for Painting a Porch Floor

Painting a porch floor is easy, but don't do it the wrong way. Check out my tips on prepping and painting a wooden porch floor.


Resizing Built-in Bathroom Cupboards

Modifications made to our built-in airing cupboard and wardrobe in our bathroom by repositioning the dividing panel between the two cupboards, specifically to make the wardrobe wider by narrowing the width of the airing cupboard.


How to Attach a Cover to a Recessed Light Switch or Electrical Outlet

Finished a home improvement project only to find out that the light switch or electrical outlet covers don't mate up because the switch or outlet is too far recessed into the wall? There is a simple and easy with to ensure that your switch or outlet extends exactly how you need it, every time.


How to Control Overspray When Spray Painting Outdoors

Paint overspray is something you always want to take into consideration when spray painting outdoors. Follow my tips to ensure your exterior spray painting project goes smoothly without property damage.


Tips for Painting a Bathroom Like a Pro

Although most bathrooms are small in size, they're usually more challenging to paint than a wide open room. Check out my tips on painting a bathroom, including steps on surface prep and the best paint options.


5 Expert Tips to Make a DIY Interior Paint Job Look Professional

If you're getting ready to take on a DIY interior paint project, you want it to look great, as if a professional painted your rooms. These 5 expert tips help you achieve that professional look, even if you are doing the painting.


How to Easily Renew Window Screen Frames and Sills

Cleaning your window frame and sill requires nothing more than some steel wool, acetone, and a little elbow grease!


How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

If you want to know how to remove a popcorn ceiling, check out my tips on removing the texture and skim coating the ceiling after.


My Review of Sherwin Williams Super Paint (Interior and Exterior)

Is Sherwin Williams Super Paint really super? In this full review, I cover both the interior and exterior versions of this popular paint.


What's the Best Primer to Cover Dark Paint? My Top Picks

The best primer for covering dark paint colors is one that's thicker to help block the color underneath. Check out my top picks for primer I use when painting light colors over dark walls.


My Review of Behr Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel (Urethane)

I used Behr alkyd semi-gloss enamel to paint doors and trim on a recent project. Read my full review to find out if Behr semi-gloss enamel is worth using for your painting project.


My Review of Benjamin Moore Regal Select Interior Paint

Is Benjamin Moore Regal Select good paint? I used this popular paint for a recent interior painting project. Check out my full review to find out if Regal Select is worth using in your home.


12 Essential Tools That Every Homeowner Should Have

Being a homeowner usually means doing some basic maintenance and dealing with some minor emergencies, this article lists 12 tools that I consider to be vital for any homeowner to have.


How to Use a Tape Measure

Here are several ways to use your tape measure for more efficiency, including what the black diamonds are, not guessing in a corner, and more tips to help you be more accurate.


Five Tips for Using Spray Foam Sealant

A can of spray foam sealant can keep your home air tight and energy efficient. It can also be a a hassle to use. Here are some tips to make your foam sealant project go smoothly.


How to Replace the Solenoid on Your Whole House Humidifier

No water flowing to your whole house humidifier? Good chance it is the water supply solenoid. If yours isn't working, it is a simple DIY project that even a novice can tackle.


Tips for Painting Cherry Cabinets White

Painting cherry cabinets white is a great way to completely transform your kitchen overspending on brand new cabinets. With the right prep and materials, cherry is easy to paint. Learn how to do it the right way with my tips.


Graco Airless Paint Sprayer Troubleshooting: How to Fix Common Problems

If your Graco airless paint sprayer spits or dribbles paint, if it won't prime or pressurize, or if it leaks, you will find a solution here.


Tips for Painting a High 2-Story Foyer Without Scaffolding

Painting a foyer with high walls might look difficult, but it's actually easy when done right, and you don't need scaffolding to do it. Learn how to paint your foyer easily without having to rent scaffolding.


Tips for Skim Coating Walls Before Painting

Skim coating walls is the best way to restore damaged drywall or remove a textured finish. Skim coating is easy and makes damaged walls look brand new again when done right.


A Simple Guide for Your Domestic Drainage

A consideration of drainage and its purpose and effects can be likened to the purpose of a building: to prevent the harsh effects of weather and keep the inside ambient and dry. This article will take a look at possible problem areas for drainage in and around your home.


How to Paint Cedar Siding: Tips for Painting and Staining

Painting cedar siding helps preserve the wood to prevent problems. Check out my tips on how to paint cedar siding and if you should consider using stain instead.