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How To Disguise Imperfect Carpentry With Paint Finish


L// crown molding spliced together (not very successfully – my first attempt); patched with wood filler and sanded.
R// the same crown molding caulked and painted with matte finish paint.

Gloss or semi-gloss, typically used on trim, reflects the light and will draw the eye to filled nail holes or overlapping trim. Matte or eggshell, on the other hand, have a more subtle sheen and absorb the light rather than reflect it. Read more about different lusters of paint here.

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Jane Bernard

Thursday 15th of May 2014

Wow, I love the map! What a great repurposing idea. And we all have armoires still hanging around the house right?

Vel Criste

Wednesday 14th of May 2014

Love your QTT's Lisa! Another great tip!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door

Wednesday 14th of May 2014

This is a huge help. Thanks for the tip!

pam {simple details}

Tuesday 13th of May 2014

I love QTT, I'd forgotten and popped right over as soon as I saw it! I could definitely use this tip, I always think the miter box is the answer, but still have issues! :)


Tuesday 13th of May 2014

This is a good tip! Maybe I should do this in my foyer. The people before us used gobs of caulk to fix sagging wood instead of nailing it back into proper position. It's a hot mess!