Painting How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our painting step-by-step tips & 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.
Want a rough texture paint look on your wall? Slather on colors drawn from nature, then smooth out the edges—no brush, no roller, just special effects.
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.
Bring new life to metal by stripping old, stuck-on paint using one of these easy-to-follow methods.
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
Whether you’re shopping for an exterior acrylic latex paint or an oil-based paint, you can tell a good quality paint by its can if you know what to look for.
What stands between an old house and new paint? Ten tenacious coats of the old stuff. But you can get it off with these tools and techniques.
Learn how to pick a complementary color scheme for your next paint job.
Color trends may come and go, but some paint palettes just seem to have staying power. Consider the 10 historical color combinations showcased here for home interiors.
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique demonstrates the best way to paint furniture built out of MDF.
Our start to finish guide will help you decide how to remove paint from wood.
Colored glaze layered on in a random pattern with a sea sponge can do wonders for a flat wall.
Trying to paint edges neatly? Here’s how to cut in paint like a pro.
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.
The base of a bookcase is the perfect place for a pop of color or pattern
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.
Refinishing cabinets is an inexpensive way to give your kitchen a major makeover. We asked Nick Slavik, proprietor of Nick Slavik Painting & Restoration Company and frequent This Old House contributor, to take us through his best practices for kitchen cabinet refinishing, from prep to paint, so you can get a picture-perfect, professional finish too.
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique demonstrates how to strip paint off of old door hardware.
Create a bold accent wall with painter's tape and a menu of complementary colors
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner properly clean and paint her vinyl shutters
In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her mahogany deck.
Two nasty chemicals are gradually leaving store shelves. Here, a look at less hazardous ways to get rid of old paint
Painted in complementary hues, a staid bedroom door becomes a standout piece of decor
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique paints a bathroom using a mold-resistant paint, in this edition of DIY Smarts.