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Picture Hanging 101: A Beginner’s Guide

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Hanging a picture is about as basic DIY as you can get. Even so, it can be a frustrating experience if you’re not following some basic steps. To keep your walls full of level, beautifully coordinated pictures and photos, keep these 4 things in mind when hanging pictures on your walls: Don’t Just Eyeball It Hanging a picture on the wall using just your eyes is never a good idea. Sure, you can decide at what height to hang it by looking, but don’t just estimate a spot and start hammering. Either create a template of the item you want…

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5 Tips for Creating a Custom Picture Wall

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Picture walls are a great way to incorporate the people and things you love into your home’s design. Creating a wall dedicated to photos, art, and other collectibles may feel a little overwhelming, but if you follow some simple guidelines and let your creativity flow, you will be amazed at the finished product! Choose Your Theme Do you want all of the pictures to be of your family? Should they be all black and white? Will it be a mix of photos, paintings, and other objects to add interest? Your theme is the base of the next design decisions you’ll…

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4 Key Steps for Painting Your Front Door

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Updating your home’s look doesn’t need to be expensive and time-consuming. Something as simple as painting your front door may be just the touch of color and bit of change your home’s exterior is begging for! If you’re looking for a weekend project that will make a big impact on your home, painting your front door is the way to go. Follow just a few simple steps and your house will be looking updated with just a little time and effort on your end. Pick a Paint Let’s start with the most important step: the color! To gather ideas, do…

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5 Things You MUST Know When Painting Your House to Sell

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Preparing your house to sell is full of must-dos: You must fix those broken handrails. You must have great curb appeal. You must replace those broken shingles. This list of must-dos often includes giving your home a fresh coat of paint to make it more appealing, but how do you know what colors will sell and which will send buyers running? Here are 5 things you MUST know when painting your house to sell:   Don’t Go Monochromatic on the Exterior While one color may be recommended for interior painting, the large areas and varied sections of your home’s exterior…

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Want Dark Walls? 5 Ways to Make Them Work in Your Home

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Are you ready to change up the interior of your house? Painting your home is a fun way to show your creativity, but some people are hesitant to dive into “risky” wall colors, especially dark ones. Why are dark colors so intimidating when it comes to home painting? Strategically using dark colors can create drama and impact in your space without making it feel closed in. Here are 5 examples of how choosing a dark interior can give your home all the drama you want without the claustrophobic feel: Apartment Therapy This interior is a perfect example of how starting…

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3 Key Steps to Choosing a Home Color Palette

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Painting your home is a daunting task. You know you want something different, but what? Choosing the right color palette makes the process much more manageable. Once you have a palette selected, you can easily create different moods in rooms and create a space you’ll be proud to call your home. Pick a Starter Color So where do you start? There are a few options: Choose your favorite color Choose a color you’re “stuck” with Choose a color from a piece of artwork or a vibrant rug you love If you love a certain shade of red, run with it!…

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Interior Paint Colors

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Are you ready to give your home a face-lift with interior painting? While painting is one of the easiest, least expensive DIY home renovation solutions, it is also one of the easiest to mess up. Here are 4 mistakes to avoid when choosing paint colors for your interior painting project: Picking Paint Color First When homeowners decide to do some interior painting, the first instinct often is to jump right to picking out paint colors. But getting ahead of yourself by not taking the time to think about what the room will look like as a whole once the repaint…

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How do I know which project to schedule first in my kitchen remodel?

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With the abundance of cabinet projects we have been doing lately, we get asked this question daily. Everyone wants to know the best order to have their kitchen remodel done. To be honest, there is no right answer, but Armor Tough Coatings will definitely help you through it all! We recommend that you schedule the jobs, as the contractor(s) become available. We can not speak for other contractors but for us, we are normally scheduled out 1-2 months. Just because a contractor you want to work with is booked, doesn’t mean everything else should be put on hold. Armor Tough…

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Looking Ahead: Predictions for 2018 Painting Trends

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As we usher in the new year and set our resolutions and goals, it’s also a good time to start thinking about upgrading our 2018 home design. While home renovation is not always an option for every homeowner, home painting is certainly a much more economically-friendly solution that will give your home the facelift it so desperately needs. Read on to learn which paint trends are in for 2018. Mixing Warm & Cool Colors Long gone are the days of fully dark interiors! This year, you’re going to find homeowners undertaking full interior painting makeovers in an effort to brighten…

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3 Ways Walls Make Your Home Look Dated

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Home design seems to be all the rage nowadays, with HGTV home improvement shows and Pinterest boards galore inspiring many of the ideas shared. Homeowners and renters alike are scrambling to make their homes feel like the cover of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. However, many of us are struggling to keep our homes planted in the now. The first step to any home remodel is recognizing what needs to go, especially dated designs. Here are 3 ways your walls might make your home look outdated: Wallpaper There’s nothing that says outdated more than Victorian wallpaper. Tear it down! Those…

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