Lesson #1: Wring drama from an over-looked spot (Bjorn Wallander)

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Lisa Teague set the palette for her whole house by brushing a spectrum of shades on the risers of her staircase—the first thing people see when they walk in the door. "I wanted to make a statement, but a subtle one," she explains.

For her stairs, Teague mixed glaze into the paint to achieve this lightly weathered effect.

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