Whether you’re building a house or making table, these are some basic tips to keep in mind!

  1. Ensure your cuts are square, finished product will be level and not rock etc.
  2. Measure twice, cut once
  3. For best cuts, cut behind line not on the line
  4. Clean work area and free of clutter
  5. Sharp cutting tools, e.g. saw, chisel blade,
  6. Always pre-drill a pilot hole when driving screws
  7. Always wear safety gear


  1. Measure the area for backsplash
  2. Get your supplies – thinset, tiles, tools- V-notched trowel, safety equipment, tape, tape measure, newspaper/cardboard, Rubber grout float, Tile nippers, Caulking gun with tub-and-tile caulk, Bucket and sponge, Score-and-snap tile cutter
  3. Turn off power to circuit
  4. Remove switch plates and outlet covers
  5. Sand paper the wall with 80-grit sandpaper to roughen the painted surfaced then wipe with damp rag
  6. Dry-fit all the tiles to be sure you have all the pieces cut to the right size
  7. Allow mastic to dry overnight.


  1. Prepare the work area – If you’re painting indoors, remove furniture, fixtures, switch plates. And use tarpaulin on the floor. For outdoor painting projects, remove items and use tarpaulin to cover work area.
  2. Clean and repair surfaces – Paint doesn’t stick to dirt or damaged area so ensure areas are clean and repaired before starting. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe down your interior walls and Sure Coat to fill in cracks.
  3. Tape the edges - Use painter’s tape to protect windowsills, door hinges, ceiling perimeter and anything else that you don’t want to get paint on


Like most DIYers, you probably have a handful of half-empty, old paint cans stored in the garage or basement from previous paint projects. While storing unused, leftover paint is a great practice, at some point, you may need to dispose of leftover paint properly. Keep reading to find out how. Regulations on disposal of leftover paint vary by location. Some states and municipalities require leftover paint to be taken to an approved drop-off location, while others will allow latex or water-based paint to be solidified and thrown out with the household trash. However, some household waste haulers may not pick-up latex paint even if solidified. Always check with your local authorities and your local waste disposal service provider on rules and regulations applicable to your area.


Weather and sun can fade your plastic patio chairs' appearance over time, but that doesn't mean you have to throw them out and replace them. You can use spray paint to renew and brighten them up. This is a simple weekend project for anyone with any level of DIY experience. Just follow these steps to get the job done right.

Step 1: Clean the Chair
Wash plastic furniture thoroughly, using hot water, all-purpose cleaner and a sponge. If furniture has been outside for a long period of time or has stubborn stains from mold or mildew, use a cleaner with ammonia. Spray it down from all angles using a garden hose. Dry each plastic chair using a towel and then let each sit to air dry completely.


A paint's finish, or "sheen" refers to the surface texture the paint creates as well how much light bounces off of the painted surface - both of which can affect the way the eye perceives color.

So, in addition to paint color, the finish, as well as the surface, needs to be considered before painting. Some finishes work better than others on certain surfaces in specific colors and in particular light. Check out our recommended finish charts to help you choose which finish is right for the job.

Here is an overview of each type of finish and where each works the best.


A set of quality tools is one of the most important investments you'll make as you begin your painting projects. With superior True Value brushes, rollers and pads it's possible to reduce the amount of time and effort it takes to finish your painting project and guarantee great results.

  • Square or flat brushes are generally used for painting large areas in less time.
  • Angle or chiseled brushes are designed to use on jobs that require cutting- into corners, painting trim, molding, window frames and sills.


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