Painting How To & DIY

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S22 E14: Mauro Henrique paints a wood paneled home office

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How to Paint Pine Paneling

A homeowner recently updated their home office by painting the ceilings and installing crown molding. However, the rest of the office is feeling quite outdated, with pine paneling covering more than halfway up all of the walls. When she decided it was time to cover that paneling, she called the Ask This Old House team for help, and paint expert Mauro Henrique answered the call.
Painting trim of a window

How To Paint Trim

A renewed look for your baseboards, crown molding, and casing might be all you need to breathe new life into a tired room. Check out this guide on how to paint trim.
S22 E11: Mauro Henrique paints graffiti-covered garage walls

How to Paint Over Spray Paint Graffiti

Paint expert Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner cover her son’s old graffiti artwork on her garage walls.
S22 E9; Mauro Henrique paints a front door

How to Paint a Front Door

Paint expert Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner get their front door to pop with a little repair and a fresh coat of paint.
S22 E6: Mauro Henrique whitewashes an outdoor bench

How to Whitewash an Outdoor Bench

Painting contractor Mauro Henrique shows host Kevin O’Connor how to give an antique outdoor bench a new life by giving it a whitewash finish.
Finished Product, White wood trim brightens the fireplace, which is accented by a rustic mantelshelf; a black-painted firebox adds depth.

A Budget-Friendly Fireplace Refresh

A blah brick hearth gets a cheery cottage-style refresher with some clever DIY woodwork and a high-contrast paint job
S21 E16, Mauro Henrique paints a concrete foundation

How to Paint a Concrete Foundation

Painting expert Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner refresh and protect their foundation with a new coat of paint meant for masonry surfaces.

How to Remove Different Types of Wallpaper

Paint expert Mauro Henrique shows host Kevin O’Connor some methods for removing different types of wallpaper, and Kevin’s shocked at the results.

Interior Painting Tips: Best Practices from an Expert

This Old House painting expert Mauro Henrique shares his best practices for achieving a flawless finish.

How to Paint Tile

Paint expert Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner avoid a costly and drawn-out project by painting his avocado green tiles with an epoxy paint.

How to Texture a Ceiling

If you’re tired of the same old flat surface or dealing with a ceiling full of imperfections, repairs, or uneven surfaces, a textured ceiling may be the way to go. Texture can add character and depth to the room, making it an excellent final touch on a renovation project.

How to Paint a Straight Edge Without Tape

Paint expert Mauro Henrique shows host Kevin O’Connor how he paints a straight edge when tape just isn’t an option.

​​How to Stain Pressure-Treated Wood

Restore your weathered deck, picnic table, or fence to its original glory and protect it from the elements with a beautiful stain finish.

How to Spray Paint Like a Pro

This Old House painter Mauro Henrique has finished a deck with spray paint. What do you need to know about choosing and using spray paint?

How to Paint Upholstery

Are you looking to paint fabric furniture? Transform a faded, stained, or simply outdated piece of padded furniture with the right products and the easy technique detailed here.

How To Stain Brick

Brick is incredibly durable and can last a very long time, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the same old look for eternity. You can stain your brick surfaces for a new, fresh look, and we’ll show you how.

How to Paint Wood Paneling

Painting expert Mauro Henrique shows host Kevin O’Connor a universal approach to painting wood paneling.

How To Paint Laminate Countertops

Skip the kitchen design center and head to the paint department for a totally new look for your laminate countertops.

17 Beautiful Painted Furniture Ideas

From subtle to bold to instant "vintage," for pieces big and small, there’s a paint project here to perk things up all over the house.

How to Re-Paint an Old Radiator Cover

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique demonstrates how to safely repaint a radiator cover that tested positive for lead paint.

How to Paint Baseboards 

A simple paint job is a relatively painless way to freshen up your baseboards and improve the overall look of the room. Read this guide to learn how to easily paint the baseboards in your home.

How To Remove Paint From Metal

Bring new life to metal by stripping old, stuck-on paint using one of these easy-to-follow methods.

Read This Before You Pick a Paint Color

Whether you’re looking for a soothing hue for your living space or want some drama in your dining room, don’t pick up a paintbrush until you’ve read our expert advice

How to Stain Wood

Adding a wood stain can give your project the warm finish you’re looking for. However, it’s important to follow the right steps for applying stain to unfinished wood. Watch this video and follow the guide to learn about the best wood-staining technique.

How to Spray Paint Wood Furniture

Do you have some worn wood furniture in need of a makeover? You can easily update pieces of furniture inexpensively with spray paint. Read this guide to learn how to spray paint wood the expert way.

How to Paint Over Wallpaper

Do you want to change the look and feel of your room with paint, but are faced with the challenge of wallpaper? You don’t always need to remove wallpaper first. Read this guide to learn when and how to paint over wallpaper.

DIY Fireplace Makeover

Refresh a brick fireplace with a crisp white coat of paint.

DIY Entryway Gallery Wall

Accent your entryway with a stylish gallery wall featuring an easy molding frame

How to Paint a Geometric Accent Wall

This Old House DIY Expert & House One editor Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to prep and paint an accent wall with three colors arranged in a geometric pattern.

How to Stain an Adirondack Chair

How to properly stain an Adirondack chair with This Old House DIY Expert & House One Editor Jenn Largesse.

How to Paint a Dark Accent Wall

Create a dramatic accent wall with a deep color.

How to Roll on a Painted Pattern

The base of a bookcase is the perfect place for a pop of color or pattern

How to Paint Your Front Door | This Old House: Live

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique demonstrates how to paint a front door with oil-based, high gloss paint. This is part of This Old House: Live—an initiative providing daily programming and opportunities to connect with our experts during these challenging times.