Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

How to Cover Over a Water Stain on a Ceiling

Water stains on a ceiling are usually caused by roof or plumbing leaks. Watch this video to find out how to cover over a water stain on your ceiling so it doesn't come back.
Paint Primer in home center.

Homeowner’s Guide to Paint Primer

Primers are specially formulated paint products that are used to prepare surfaces for the finish coat of paint. Their most important job is to adhere to the substrate while creating a uniform surface that is ready to receive paint. When properly applied, primers can make your paint job last longer and look better.
How to tint your own primer paint

How to Tint Paint Primer Yourself

When painting, it’s a good idea to tint the primer the color of the finished paint to reduce the number of coats needed. While a paint store can add colorant to the primer, you can also tint the primer yourself by adding some of the colored paint to it. Make sure the primer and paint are compatible before mixing the two together.

How to Paint Both Sides of a Door on Sawhorses

Watch this video for a simple tip on how to paint both sides of a door while it's laying on sawhorses.
Using foam backer rod to fill a wide crack before caulking.

How to Caulk Wide Cracks

While caulk alone can be applied to narrow cracks, gaps wider than 1/4” should be filled with foam backer rod first. Watch this video to find out how.
kitchen cabinets

Solving Polyurethane Finishing Problems

Thomas asks, "I put polyurethane on cabinets after I stained them. Now a week later, I find oil on the surface of the cabinets, and when I try to clean it, it leaves dull spots."

Polyurethane finishes should dry hard in a matter of hours and not bleed oil as yours is doing. Read to find out why.
Knotty pine wood paneling.

How to Paint Knotty Pine

Judy asks, "Is there a product that will cover the knot holes in knotty pine?"

Knots can pose a problem when painting, since the resin tends to bleed through the finished surface. To prevent this, spot prime any knots first with an oil-based or pigmented shellac primer designed to block stains. Read on for more.
Rubbing a cotton swab on peeling paint on a windowsill.

How to Determine if Your House Has Lead Paint

Lead paint can pose a serious health risk in older homes if disturbed. Watch this video for tips on how to tell if your house contains lead paint and what to do about it if it does.
Painted wall paneling

How to Paint or Resurface Wall Paneling

Refinishing, resurfacing, or removing wood wall paneling can be a bit tricky, but it makes a good DIY project if you know how. Read on for some tips and suggestions on how to update the dated, old paneling in your home.