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Interior Finishes

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    Durable Wood-Floor Finishes

     
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    Creating High-End Interiors With MDF

    Though it costs less than wood, MDF is arguably a better material for a paint-grade job. Here are some design and installation tips.

     
  • Q&A: Clapboard Paint Problems

    Q: The red cedar clapboard siding on a house in the Boston area was not backprimed and has typical moisture-related paint failure. It has been painted five times in 25 years. The house has no interior vapor barrier. I am considering removing the siding and installing new backprimed clapboards over...

     
  • Q&A: Stripping Interior Paint From Carved Moldings

    Q: I need to remove several layers of interior paint from elaborate egg-and-dart moldings in a historic house. What is the most efficient way to proceed?

     
  • Q&A: Painting Interior Bricks

    Q: I need to paint an interior brick wall in a bedroom, and I’m not sure what type of paint to use. Because the brick wall includes the back of a fireplace, I’m worried that the heat from the fireplace might affect the selection or durability of the paint

     
  • Inside Interior Doors

    New engineered-lumber cores have cut the cost and improved the stability of raised-panel doors. Here’s an overview.

     
  • Clear Finishes for Interior Woodwork

    A trio of professional painters tell how to match a clear finish to the job and provide tips for blemish-free application.

     
  • Installing Laminate Floors

    Plastic laminate, with its choices of colors and patterns, has moved from countertops to floors. We follow a professional flooring contractor as he shows how to lay a flat, durable finish floor with this versatile material.

     
  • Prep Work for Clear Finishes

    Clear finishes magnify any imperfections in the wood underneath. For a top-notch job, knowing how to sand, stain, and fill the raw wood is more than half the battle.

     
  • Brushing Up on Water-Based Paints

    Federal regulation of VOCs has made the change to latex finishes inevitable. A painting contractor explains how to get the same quality and performance from water-based paints that you were accustomed to with oil-based products.