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Find everything you need to know on painting, staining, our trusted products and the industry's best practices all right here in our painting ideas and wood staining advice articles. We rely on our history of customer feedback and professional insight to deliver helpful and simple painting advice for all experience levels.

How To Pick The Perfect Home Paint Color Scheme

How To Pick The Perfect Home Paint Color Scheme

Your home is a reflection of you, so think carefully about the color that best expresses your personality. 

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Ask Our Experts

Ask Our Experts

If you're looking for a second (or third) opinion, rely on our expert advice that has been proven to work. 

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How To Stain Your Wood Deck In 4 Easy Steps

How To Stain Your Wood Deck In 4 Easy Steps

Want to learn how to stain wood? Follow these simple steps to learn how to stain your deck and your project will be stained in no time.  Choose all climate stain protection with a durable finish. Get started today!

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Affordably Clean Your Wood Deck For Brilliant Staining Results

Affordably Clean Your Wood Deck For Brilliant Staining Results

A thorough cleaning is the critical first step in a deck staining process. Use our unique product to ensure staining success. 

How To Clean Your Deck
Four Easy Ways To Select The Right Dining Room Color Palette

Four Easy Ways To Select The Right Dining Room Color Palette

Make your dining room reflect the people, the conversations and the occasions celebrated inside it. Start by selecting the right colors to create the right mood. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions bring together many of the common problems faced by the DIY community. 

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Get Inspired By Color!

Get Inspired By Color!

Use our inspiration galleries and popular color articles to find ideas for your own projects. 

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How Do I Stain My Wooden Porch Or Deck?

How Do I Stain My Wooden Porch Or Deck?

Your porch and deck are extensions of your indoor living spaces, so make them as enjoyable as possible with a new look!

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How Do You Paint Shutters & Wooden Trim?

How Do You Paint Shutters & Wooden Trim?

Painting your shutters and trim is a great way to give your home a bold update.

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Olympic® Paints & Stains 2017 Ratings & Reviews

Olympic® Paints & Stains 2017 Ratings & Reviews

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Olympic® Paints & Stains 2017 Ratings & Reviews

Olympic® Paints & Stains 2017 Ratings & Reviews

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Front Door Paint Colors

Beautiful Front Door Paint Colors

Doors are the gateways of your home. Whether inside or out, each door is an opportunity to turn heads, welcome friends, or tie together an entire paint color palette by using a front door paint color that pops.

Front Door Colors You Will Love!
Paint Calculator

Paint Calculator

Determine the right amount of paint needed for your project and avoid underestimating by using our easy paint calculator.

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Exterior Paint Colors

Exterior Paint Colors You Will Love

Looking for ideas to spruce up your home’s public persona? Take a look at these lovely exterior paint colors.

Exterior Paint Colors
How To Give Your Front Door A Makeover In Four Steps

How To Give Your Front Door A Makeover In Four Steps

Give visitors to your home a great first impression by creating a beautiful and welcoming entryway. Use these front door painting tips to give your home great curb appeal.

How To Paint A Front Door - Painting Advice
DIY: How to Paint Your Ceiling

DIY: How to Paint Your Ceiling

Painting your ceiling shouldn’t be over your head. From preparation and paint to tools and technique, follow our simple steps to finish your fifth wall and start enjoying every dimension of your unique space.

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How To Paint A Garage Door

How To Paint A Garage Door

Your garage can be an area of function and beauty that enhances your home's appearance.

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Luscious Red Paint Colors

Luscious Red Paint Colors

Nothing inspires passion and excitement like the color red. This gallery of luscious red paint colors may just have you seeing red in your next DIY project. 

Red Paint Colors You Will Love!
How To Paint A Room: Save Money On Your Project!

How To Paint A Room: Save Money On Your Project!

A great room paint job doesn't necessarily have to cost you a great amount of money. We'll show you how to paint on a budget. 

How To Paint A Room: Save Money On Your Project!
How To Paint A Room: What Paint Should I Choose?

How To Paint A Room: What Paint Should I Choose?

Use our guide to take the guesswork out of choosing the right house paint and make the right choice for your room painting project!

How To Paint A Room: What Paint To Use?
How To Paint A Wooden Chair - Furniture Painting Guide

How To Paint A Wooden Chair - Furniture Painting Guide

Don't replace your old wood chairs or wooden cabinets, refinish them! Learn how to do it with a dramatically beautiful shade of black. 

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How To Paint Your Front Door In 6 Easy Steps

How To Paint Your Front Door In 6 Easy Steps

Use these quick steps to give your entrance a fresh look. 

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How To Paint: When To Paint Or Stain?

How To Paint: When To Paint Or Stain?

Should you paint or should you stain? Consult our helpful guide to determine what's right for you.

How To Paint: When To Paint Or Stain?
Learn About Olympic® Paints and Stains In This Video

Learn About Olympic® Paints and Stains In This Video

Olympic® Paints and Stains has been a trusted name in durability and innovation since 1938. Learn all about us in this video. 

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My Account with Olympic® Paints and Stains

My Account with Olympic® Paints and Stains

Make an account with Olympic Paints and Stains to enjoy all of our best tools and features in one place.

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Painting Advice: I need help with living room colors!

Painting Advice: I need help with living room colors!

Colors are a representation of something greater than just a visual hue. When choosing colors, think about how they make you feel. 

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Olympic® SUMMIT™ Advanced Stain + Sealant in One

Olympic® SUMMIT Advanced Stain + Sealant in One

Olympic SUMMIT is formulated to protect and enhance the natural look of wood with exceptional richness and depth of colour.

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Painting Advice: Should I paint with a brush or a roller?

Painting Advice: Should I paint with a brush or a roller?

It may sound obvious, but different tools perform different jobs. We'll help you choose the right tools for your project.

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Painting Advice: What Paint Should I Use In My Kitchen?

Painting Advice: What Paint Should I Use In My Kitchen?

Few rooms serve as many purposes as the kitchen, so think about flexibility, durability and great looks when choosing paint for yours. 

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Lowe's® Paint Pledge

Lowe's® Paint Pledge

Olympic® Paints is proud to partner in the new Paint Pledge at Lowe's®.

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Painting Ideas: How To Paint A Front Door

Painting Ideas: How To Paint A Front Door

The front door is one of the easiest parts of your home to update and a great way to add curb appeal and personality.

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RESCUE IT® MAX Video Tutorials

RESCUE IT® MAX Video Tutorials

See how RESCUE IT® MAX can refinish your worn concrete or wood. 

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2017 Home Decorating Ideas

2017 Home Decorating Ideas

This year, throw away the obligatory soul searching for big resolutions and try tackling a few small home projects to set the tone for 2017. Here are five ideas that require little time and financial investment and, unlike your resolutions, will be around all year. 

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The 3 Most Common Paint Questions - Answered!

The 3 Most Common Paint Questions - Answered!

Painting a room or project may have thousands of color options, but the steps remain mostly consistent. We answer 3 common questions around these steps!

Your Paint Questions - Answered!
The Best Exterior Paint Color Schemes

The Best Exterior Paint Color Schemes

Create a harmonious and beautiful exterior color palette that will make your house the envy of the block.

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The One Quick Trick To Finding Out If Your Deck Needs To Be Stained!

The One Quick Trick To Finding Out If Your Deck Needs To Be Stained!

Take the guesswork out of staining. This quick test will tell you if your deck is in need of a good staining. 

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The One Simple Way To Prep For Any Paint Project!

The One Simple Way To Prep For Any Paint Project!

Every paint project begins before it actually begins. Use this guide to make sure your painting project is headed in the right direction. 

Prep For Painting
Video: Should I Clean My Wood Before I Stain?

Video: Should I Clean My Wood Before I Stain?

Watch this video to learn how to properly clean your wood before applying a layer of stain. 

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Video: Why Apply A Wood Stain Or Sealant?

Video: Why Apply A Wood Stain Or Sealant?

A little stain can go a long way towards protecting your valuable deck, furntiture or building. We show you why in this video. 

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Video: Why Thinking Beyond White is a Bright Idea

Video: Why Thinking Beyond White is a Bright Idea

You may think you want plain white, but consider warming your room up with a slightly more colorful choice. 

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Weather-Ready™ Technology Helps You Stain

Weather-Ready Technology Helps You Stain

Weather-Ready™ Application helps you stain in a greater range of temperatures and weather conditions

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Stop Making This Painting Mistake Now!

Stop Making This Painting Mistake Now!

Don't make this common mistake when you start painting. The lesson works on any project though, not just paint. 

Painting Mistakes Everyone Makes
4 Weekend-Sized Paint Projects To Increase Home Value

4 Weekend-Sized Paint Projects To Increase Home Value

You only need two days to complete these easy home projects.

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Use RESCUE IT!® In 1-2-3 Steps!

Use RESCUE IT!® In 1-2-3 Steps!

Use our powerful RESCUE IT!® process to refinish your deck or exterior wooden project. We detail three steps that will ensure your project's success.  

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Staining Tip: How Do I Choose A Stain Opacity?

Staining Tip: How Do I Choose A Stain Opacity?

Different stain finishes have a great deal of nuance to their finished looks. We'll help you choose the right one for you!

Wood Stain Tip
2 Quick Ways To End The Pain Of Peeling Paint!

2 Quick Ways To End The Pain Of Peeling Paint!

Don't get mad, get paint! You can quickly fix your peeling paint problems by following these steps. 

Stop Your Paint From Peeling!
How Do I Paint Over Painted Walls?

How Do I Paint Over Painted Walls?

Before you go throwing paint over those old colors or peeling paints, make sure you know how to best apply the new coat. 

Repaint Your Walls With Ease!
Stain Your Way: Weather-Ready™ Technology

Stain Your Way: Weather-Ready Technology

Staining a deck can be a daunting project, dependent on everything from the season to your busy schedule. If you’re planning to refinish your deck, consider our Weather-Ready technology to help get the job done on your own time.
 

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Color Guide: Painting the Entryway

Color Guide: Painting the Entryway

Is your entryway due for a color refresh? Choosing a color family for your unique trim, detailing, and front door can be daunting. Boost your curb appeal and maximize your home’s assets with our expert insights.
 

Entryway Colors
How To Stain Wood - 5 Steps To Take The Pain Out Of Stain

How To Stain Wood - 5 Steps To Take The Pain Out Of Stain

Staining has a bad reputation, but that doesn't mean your experience has to live up to its name! We can show you how to stain wood in 5 easy steps!

How To Stain Wood - 5 Steps To Take The Pain Out
3 Easy Steps to Prep Your Deck for Winter

3 Easy Steps to Prep Your Deck for Winter

Follow our guide to safeguard your recently-stained deck for winter. 

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How To Paint A Room - The DIY Guide!

How To Paint A Room - The DIY Guide!

Want to learn how to paint a room? Pay attention to the very beginning of your project. It has the greatest impact on your overall success. 

DIY Project Advice!
One Easy Way To Kid-Proof Your Walls!

One Easy Way To Kid-Proof Your Walls!

Bumps, scratches and spills… your kids are probably familiar with these terms. Your paint doesn't need to reflect their fun though. 

Kid-Proof Your Walls!
Complete Your Paint Project With Our Helpful Video Guides

Complete Your Paint Project With Our Helpful Video Guides

Learn how to choose and apply fresh paint with the help of videos

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This Old House: The Farmhouse at Emerson Green

This Old House: The Farmhouse at Emerson Green

We teamed up with This Old House to design some truly inspired rooms for their 1,900 square-foot Idea House at Emerson Green. 

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Popular Stain Colors by Region

Popular Stain Colors by Region

This land was made for every stain! From easy, breezy, beachy hues to hot and arid desert tones, each region favors a unique family of exterior stain colors. Learn what’s trending in your neck of the woods and beyond.

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The Last Staining Guide You'll Ever Need

The Last Staining Guide You'll Ever Need

Learn how to properly pick and apply stain to your wood surface

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How to Start Your Next Staining Project

How to Start Your Next Staining Project

Staining demands the right preparation for a proper finish

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Popular Exterior Paint Colors by Region

Popular Exterior Paint Colors by Region

Curious about how your environment might inform your design choices? Exterior home color palettes across the nation draw inspiration from seven diverse U.S. regions—each brilliant and unique in its ecosystems, atmosphere, and landscape. 

Find Your Region
Painting Kitchen Cabinets - A Kitchen Colors Guide

Painting Kitchen Cabinets - A Kitchen Colors Guide

Life happens in the kitchen. Transform your high-traffic space from standard to exceptional with a simple splash of color.

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The Hottest Stain Trend in 4 Colors

The Hottest Stain Trend in 4 Colors

Gray stain colors have emerged over the last few years as beautiful foundations for fresh, modern designs. Here are four you'll absolutely love. 

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Announcing our 2017 Color of the Year!

Announcing our 2017 Color of the Year!

To help consumers turn any room into a space for escaping the distractions of the outside world and finding satisfaction in solace, we’ve named soft violet Cloudberry (OL677.3) our 2017 Color of the Year!

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4 Timeless Wood Stain Colors for any Project

4 Timeless Wood Stain Colors for any Project

Whether you’re starting your own stain project or simply browsing for design inspiration, you can never go wrong with classic stain colors. These four browns are sure to jump-start your creative process.

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La technologie Weather-Readyᴹᴰ vous aide à teindre

La technologie Weather-Readyᴹᴰ vous aide à teindre

Teignez sans problèmes et plus rapidement votre surface extérieure en bois dans des conditions humides ou lors de journées chaudes ou froides.

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What Colors To Paint The Outside Of Your House

What Colors To Paint The Outside Of Your House

Making the right exterior paint color choices will deliver a great look you will enjoy.

Find The Perfect Color
When Should I Paint Or Stain?

When Should I Paint Or Stain?

Choosing the right stain or paint – or both – can go a long way toward completing a memorable design.

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4 Wood Stain Colors You Never Knew Existed

4 Wood Stain Colors You Never Knew Existed

Recent design trends have come to showcase plenty of our more colorful wood stains. Once you see these four quintessentially quirky stain colors, you’ll never think of stain the same way again. 

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Bedroom Colors - Great Bedroom Paint Color Palettes

4 Bedroom Color Palettes You Will Love!

Your bedroom is often the one space you go to at the end of a long day to ultimately rest and let your body reenergize. Your bedroom color helps set the mood and subconsciously soothes your mind into a state of restfulness.

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From Muddy To Magnificent

From Muddy To Magnificent

Breathing new life into this highly practical space is as easy as choosing a durable, easy-to-clean paint in the colors that fit your personal style.

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Transform Your Home’s Hardest-Working Spaces With Paint

Transform Your Home’s Hardest-Working Spaces With Paint

Imagine these spaces with a fresh coat of beautiful color that can withstand the coat throwing, door slamming, and mud tracking of your busy life. 

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Paint The Laundry Room Luxurious

Paint The Laundry Room Luxurious

The laundry room stopped being strictly utilitarian when washers and dryers started coming in designer colors. So stop thinking of this as “the room where the dirty work happens” and imagine a space as beautiful and pristine as the clothes that come out of it. 

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Welcome Home Some WOW!

Welcome Home Some WOW!

A fresh coat of paint can transform your entryway and keep this vital, hardworking space looking clean and welcoming. Try these color ideas for a fresh look.

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What Color Should I Stain My Deck?

What Color Should I Stain My Deck?

What Color Should I Stain My Deck? It's easy to find the best deck stain colors - when considering wood stain colors for your deck, consider what color will best enhance the wood’s finish.

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Dining Room Ideas

Dining Room Ideas

Looking for a dining room color scheme that will stay stylish for years to come? Trying to find the right dining room colors to give your home a sense of luxury or help the family connect over a shared meal? You're in the right place! Check out our dining room idea articles below!

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Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays

5 Quick Holiday Decorating Tips

Is there anything better than the holiday season? Use these stress-free holiday decorating tips to have a great holiday experience this year.

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Bedroom Ideas

Bedroom Ideas

Getting bedroom ideas doesn't have to be hard. We have lots of great information on how to choose a bedroom color and what paint colors for bedrooms would work best in your home. Get inspired with the following bedroom ideas articles below!

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Nursery Ideas

Nursery Ideas

Do you have a baby on the way or are you trying to refresh your child's bedroom? With our nursery idea articles we will suggest the right paint color schemes for your nursery and help your little one feel right at home while you are satisfied with your renewed room! Read our nursery idea articles below and get your project moving!

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Kitchen Ideas

Kitchen Ideas

Take your kitchen to the next level using our kitchen ideas advice and inspirational kitchen colors content! Do you want a space where everyone can gather and gab while you cook a great meal or a kitchen color scheme with a more modern feel? We've got the right kitchen ideas to help make your project real!

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Living Room Ideas

Living Room Ideas

Looking to revamp your living room? Want great living room ideas but don't know who to come to? We have great living room idea articles to help you with your next project! Check out the articles below for incredible living room inspiration.

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Bathroom Ideas

Bathroom Ideas

Getting inspired with bathroom ideas doesn't have to be hard. We have absolutely wonderful bathroom color content to help you find a sense of tranquil bathroom inspiration and prep for your painting project! Check out the bathroom ideas articles below for the painting inspiration you need now!

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Painting Ideas And Painting Advice From Olympic!

Painting Ideas And Painting Advice From Olympic!

Olympic has tons of painting advice and tips on creating a great color scheme for your home!

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Interior Design

Interior Design

Find great articles about interior home design and decorating tips from Olympic.Com! Whether you need information about what color to paint your rustic modern farmhouse or if you have questions like "What is shiplap?" we will help you get inspired with these great interior design and decorating ideas!
 

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Watch Project Videos

Watch Project Videos

Take the guesswork out of starting, doing and completing your project by watching our helpful videos.

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Deck Ideas

Deck Ideas

When it comes to deck ideas Olympic has plenty of wood stain color inspiration to guide you in your next deck staining project.

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Exterior Ideas

Exterior Ideas

See great articles about painting the exterior of your home with these Exterior Painting Ideas articles from Olympic.

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