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Going the DIY route with home painting, whether interior or exterior, requires a great deal of research. Before you start, you should know the many steps involved in paint selection, prep work and application to get the best results. It's not a figure it out as you go kind of project. With that in mind, check out the following roundup of recent articles about painting and staining.

Deck Stain: How Often Should I Stain to Properly Maintain My Deck?

Inspect your deck once a year. If you live in an area of the country with wet winter weather, do it in the spring before opening the area for the warm weather seasons. Move everything off the deck, then sweep it clean of all debris, inspect the wood, clean appropriately, and inspect the wear of the deck stain before determining if it needs to be reapplied. Read Deck Stain.

Interior Paint Tips: Paint Color Selection, Prep and Painting

A variety of paint selection tools exist to help you make a decision. Sherwin-Williams, Behr and Benjamin Moore all have apps for your smart phone and online paint visualizers that allow you to see exactly how a particular paint color will look on your home. This article also outlines the necessary prep work, including tools and supplies needed, and offers tips on proper application. Read Interior Paint Tips.

Home Painting Ideas | Crown Molding, Doors and Accent Walls

Gone are the days of simply painting walls one color and the ceiling another. Many homeowners are mixing things up by creating an accent walls with a bold color or even doors in a contrasting hue. You can also do different colors on architectural features such as crown molding and built-in bookcases. Learn more in Home Painting Ideas .

Exterior Painting: Do I Have the Tools and Skill to Do-it-Myself?

Homeowners who take the DIY route when painting the exterior of their home are a brave bunch. The job requires not only specific tools and supplies, but also a fair amount of skill to get the best results. For some, depending on the person and the size and detail of the home, it may be a better idea to hire a professional. This article tells you what you need to know before making a decision: Exterior Painting Tips.

Mr. Handyman Committed to Meeting New EPA Lead Certifications for Paint Contractors

Homes built before 1978 may contain lead paint on the interior and exterior. The dust from the paint can create a hazardous situation for pregnant women and small children, and it only takes a little bit to cause serious health problems. Because of this, the Environmental Protection Agency now requires all contractors to be trained and certified by the agency to do this work. Many Mr. Handyman have this certification and can do this type of work for you. Learn more in Mr. Handyman Committed to Meeting New EPA Lead Certifications.

Deck Stain: How Often Should I Stain to Properly Maintain my Deck?

Is staining your deck the next project on your to-do list? Or do you even know if you deck is due for a refresh? Staining wood requires much of the same prep work - and then some - as exterior painting and the similar decisions in terms of products to consider for the job. Educate yourself with Deck Stain .

Painting Tips: Acceptable Painting Conditions

If you do decide you do have the tools, supplies and skill, this article tells you the best conditions for painting. Temperature and humidity can both affect the results. Painting when it's too cold or hot, or painting with wet weather in the forecast is not recommended. For specific conditions to avoid, check out Painting Tips .

View our guide to home painting , for more painting tips on Interior, Exterior, Decks and Fences

The Mr. Handyman blog regularly posts helpful articles about painting and other DIY tasks around the home. If you don't see a topic you need to know about above, use the handy search to find the information. Of course, if you ever want to outsource work around the house, your professional handyman will be more than happy to take over your to-do list and free up your weekends.