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Large Paint Swatches, a Big Help from Benjamin Moore

[This post is part of my How to Paint Moldings series.] Step 1: Large Paint Swatch These large paint swatches from Benjamin Moore Paint really helped me narrow down my paint choices. Not that I mind painting lots of test…

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Quick Tip: The Unifying Coat of Primer

The Importance of Priming Even Pre-Primed Moldings [This is part of my How to Paint Moldings series.] Even if all of the flat-stock and moldings you installed come from the factory coated in primer, you still need to apply a final,…

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Quick Tip: Moving a Light Switch Away from Door Trim

[This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.] Step 1: Move the Electrical Box for c. $75.00 Nearly all light switches are positioned too close to the side of a door frame to allow me to install wide…

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Quick Tip: The Two Most Important Molding Installation Tips I Have

[This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.] My Dubious Qualifications Prior to teaching myself how to install molding buildups, my woodworking experience included the following two projects: The Fort  Building a wobbly tree house out of scrap…

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Quick Tip: Vacuum Sanding Dust Right Away

Or Else! [This is part of our How to Paint Moldings series.] I learned this quick tip the hard way.

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Quick Tip: Scale Sculpting

How to Shape Spackling in Difficult Molding Corners [This is part of our How to Paint Moldings series.] The eye is naturally drawn to the intersections of moldings in corners, and so doing a really good job prepping them is…

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Quick Tip: Blending Molding Scarf & Butt Joints Perfectly

Using a Primer Shadow as Your Blending Gauge [This is part of our How to Install Moldings series.] When two pieces of molding don’t quite lay flush with each other, you’ll have to do some blending. This post shows you…

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Quick Tip: Keeping Track of Good & Bad Layout Lines

[This is part of our How to Install Moldings series.] The Problem I like to draw layout lines all over my walls before I ever install moldings.  Doing this helps me visualize the moldings I think I want before I…