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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


Tips for Repainting Kitchen Cabinets

If you're unhappy with the color and condition of your painted cabinets, this article provides tips on how to repaint them successfully.


What's the Best Paint Sprayer for Cabinets?

In this article, I go over what to look for when choosing a sprayer and the one I use for all of my cabinet painting projects.


What's the Best Way to Paint a Room?: Pro Painter Tips

In this article, I share tips and my painting process for the best way to paint a room in less time.


What's the Best Paint for Interior Walls? My Top Picks

In this article, I go over my top paint picks for interior walls. These are some of the best interior paints I use for my painting projects.


Tips for Painting Kitchen Cabinets Black

Learn how to paint your kitchen cabinets black. This article features pictures of oak cabinets I spray-painted black.


Tips for Priming Wood With Oil-Based Primer

Learn how to properly apply oil-based primer on wood for a smooth and professional finish.


Tips for Painting Wooden Shutters

Check out my tips on painting wooden shutters after removing them.


My Review of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (SW-7015)

I use Sherwin Williams Repose Gray a lot for my painting projects. Learn more about how the color looks on walls and where to use it in your home.


Airless Paint Sprayer vs. HVLP: Which One's Better?

Learn the differences between an airless paint sprayer and an HVLP sprayer, so you can decide which one's better for your painting project.


Tips for Applying Red Interior Paint Successfully

Learn how to apply red paint on walls like a professional.


My Review of Sher-Wood Hi-Bild Precat Lacquer for Cabinets

Check out my review of Sher-Wood Hi-Bild Precat lacquer and Primer Surfacer after spraying a set of cabinets with both products.


Tips for Painting New Drywall Like a Pro

Learn how to paint over new drywall the right way.


Tips for Spray Painting Bookshelves

Want your bookshelf to have a smooth factory-like finish? Here are the best sprayers and paint to get the results you want, along with some tips on how to prep your bookshelf and apply primer and paint.


Tips for Painting a Staircase Black and White

Check out my tips for painting a staircase black and white, using a sprayer for the spindles and a brush for the railings.


My Review of the Graco 9.5 HVLP Pro Comp Sprayer

I bought the Graco 9.5 HVLP sprayer and used it for two painting projects. Check out my review to find out if this sprayer is worth it, or not.


My Review of Sherwin Williams Pro Industrial Water-Based Alkyd Urethane Enamel

I used Pro Industrial water-based alkyd urethane enamel from Sherwin Williams for two painting projects. Check out my full review to see if you should use this product for your project.


Tips for Painting Cabinets With Lacquer

White paint is popular for cabinet painting, but have you considered using white lacquer instead? Here are my pro tips for painting cabinets with lacquer.


Pro Tips for Prepping and Painting Kitchen Walls

Check out my tips for prepping and painting kitchen walls.


Tips for Painting Oak Trim White

Check out my tips and product recommendations for painting your outdated oak trim white like a professional.


Tips for Painting a Front Door

Improve your home's curb appeal simply by painting your front door a new color. Check out my tips on painting a front door like a pro.