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The Art of Decoupage

altAug. 5, 2011

In the previous column, we discussed ways to creatively‒and inexpensively‒use some of the amazing new wallpapers on the market. Among the tips? Use wallpaper to create artistic panels or to jazz up accessories. Or frame sections of a paper or coordinating pattern to create art.

Certainly of the more creative ways to introduce wallpaper into a room is through decoupage. An age-old technique that was especially popular in the 1960s and '70s, decoupage is making a comeback particularly in arts-and-crafts circles. But you don't have to be "artsy" to create a stunning decoupage effect.

Surface Prep Is Key

Aug. 3, 2011

Did you know the most important part of a painting project happens before you ever lay a brush or roller on the wall? Surface preparation is, by some estimations, as much as 90 percent of any successful painting project.

Different surface preparation is required for different projects—i.e., whether it’s interior or exterior, what type of surface it is, and whether the surface has been previously painted or is unpainted. For the repaint of an interior room, we suggest the following steps.

Capitalize on Latest Wallpaper Trends


July 30, 2011

In case you haven’t noticed, wallpaper is back in vogue in a big way! There are some amazing papers making a splash on the market right now, but what if you don’t have the extra dollars to plunge in?

You don’t have to wallpaper an entire room; just downsize your original plans. For example, you might wallpaper just one wall in the room and paint the other three walls in a coordinating color. Or you might try wallpapering above or below a chair rail. The chair rail doesn't have to be trimboard necessarily but can be a complementary wallpaper border.

Here are a few other ideas to help you capitalize on the latest wallpaper trends without breaking the bank. (Look for more ideas in next week's edition.)

Cheer Up Your Home This Winter

An infusion of color adds to your home during the cold winter months. Here are some suggestions for keeping your interior lively even when the outdoor weather is cold and gray.

Five Inexpensive Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

Freshen up your home in advance of holiday visitors coming to call. Here are five relatively easy and inexpensive tips for getting your home ready for family and friends.

Avoiding Costly Decorating Mistakes

In home decorating, every mistake costs dollars—and in some cases, big dollars. Here are a few suggestions on how to avoid mistakes and spend your money right the first time.

Deck Staining is Easy and Economical

altWith summer here, wooden decks are the focal point of socializing. Is your deck company-ready? If not, this is the time to do something about it.

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