Period Paints & Finishes


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Explore these articles to learn more about finding, caring for and choosing the perfect paint and finish for your old or period-style house.

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How To Restore Painted Wood Floors

Does your old house restoration project include sprucing up painted wood floors? A few days' work and a little know-how can leave wide boards beautiful for decades.

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Exterior Paint Color Schemes

Help for one of the biggest decisions homeowners have to make: choosing paint colors for the outside of your house.

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Exterior Paint Color

Creating a paint-color scheme, and the importance of placement.

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Guide to Period-Appropriate Historic Paints

From historic color palettes to old-fashioned paint formulas, find the right fit for your house's walls with this source list.

California's Bidwell Mansion is clad in tinted plaster, a finished appearance that can be combined with repairs.

Skim Coating in Color

Plaster walls are like a thin skin applied over wood or steel lathe, so is it any wonder they yield as buildings settle or traffic vibrations wiggle them loose? While plaster is a remarkably resilient material, it’s inevitable that it will gain a few cracks over time.

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A Fix for Foul-smelling Paint

The case of the foul-smelling can of paint, and a fix.

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Expert Advice: Wallpaper & Paint

Experts lend advice on getting patterned wallpapers and trim colors to coexist for maximum effect.

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The Changing Landscape for Household Paint

New regulations will affect what types of household paints you can buy.


Guide to Period Paints

From historic color palettes to old-fashioned paint formulas, find the right fit for your house's walls with this source list for period paints.

Paint (latex deck enamel) is used on floorboards of porch and pavilion at the Ticineto-Chase house. (Photo: Steve Gross & Susan Daley)

Deck Paint versus Stain

Finish options for porch flooring.

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Easy Fixes for Curb Appeal

So-called curb appeal is a common concern among real-estate agents—but it also matters to those of us staying put. Here are some low- to medium-cost improvements that’ll brighten the neighborhood.

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Mapping a Craftsman Palette

Interior colors are softened yet bold in this 1916 Arts & Crafts home, complementing dark chestnut woodwork in the restful interior.

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A DIY Floor in Wood Paint

Although there was some labor involved, this solution to a problem floor was inexpensive and remarkably effective.

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Sears Harmony House Co-ordinated Colors / 1959

See how colors came together in Sears Harmony homes.


Work Wonder with the Color in Your Home: 1940

A graceful foyer has the hallmarks of Colonial Revival style.

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Window Sash Painting Tips

Understanding correct color placement—and the trouble with replacement windows.


Time to Paint

Help for one of the biggest decisions homeowners have to make: choosing paint colors for the outside of your house.

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Painting Double-Hung Sash

Carelessly painted windows are frequently stuck forever and one regrettable reason homeowners purchase replacements. Neither the prep nor the painting is complicated, however.

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Brushing Up On Paint

When it comes to painting, it's all about the prep work.

Radiators painted in elaborate color schemes became popular around 1900. This example, featuring colors to match the wallpaper and hand-detailed vines, was features in an American Radiator Company souvenir book from 1905.

How To Decoratively Paint a Radiator

Two techniques, borrowed from the past, transform radiators into artwork.

This new breed of paint strippers gets the job done, but it may take a little longer.

Tested: Safer Paint Strippers

They're better for the environment, but how are they at removing paint? We put the newest breed of strippers to the test.

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How To Choose Paint Colors for Victorian Houses

Looking for a color scheme for your Victorian? We show you how to put one together.

Typical for a caustic stripper, the lye solution softens a century of paint into sludge that lifts easily with scraping, but leaves the iron unaffected.

Strip Paint Off a Radiator in 4 Steps

Return a radiator's ornamental iron to its original appearance by soaking off the paint down to bare metal.

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Choosing Victorian Paint Colors

Author Brian Coleman gives us the inside scoop on how he selected the Victorian house paint colors for his fanciful Queen Anne.

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Expert Advice: Low VOC Paint

What is it that makes one kind of paint environmentally friendly? And how do the new standards affect performance? We explore low VOC paint and more.

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