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The exterior paint got finished last weekend, here are some pics that show how it came out. Its vivid and bold, definitely not predictable colors from the Craftsman era but leaning more modern. The bronze aluminum windows also really give it a sort of commercial modern look and contrast well with the light trim. The stained overhangs and individually painted rafter tails are really a surprise detail not to be overlooked.

On the front porch, I went with a bronze standing seam metal roof, it ties into the  windows and the main roof color. I feel that I got a really good deal at 700 bucks and my sub contractor hand made it on site. The cedar porch posts and beam were also stained to match the eaves. The visible T&G under the porch is also stained to match the eaves, I’ll show this detail later with a better pic.

While the house was getting painted outside, I was inside trimming it out. I went with the Craftsman style 3-panel doors this time. Its the first time I’ve used them and they are pretty swell, especially the 8 foot high ones and the parlor doors on the bedroom closets. Even the water closet pocket doors are the same style. I used 8″ baseboards and 4″ door casings. There are only 2 bedrooms that will get carpet, you can see I left the baseboards up 1/2″ off the floor in those rooms.

Here is the order I do interiors in: 1. Hang Drywall 2. Install Hardwood floors 3. Trim out 4. Spray Ceilings 5. Spray trims 6. Paint walls 7. Tile 8. Install Millworks 9. Refinish Hardwoods 10. Carpet.  When painting ceilings and walls I love coming with a roller behind the sprayer, your coat comes out way nicer and the roller pushed the paint into the new drywall. I also use PVA drywall primer on the new drywall. Everything always gets 2 coats as well. There are other methods that work too, I’ve seen guys actually put the wall color on before trimming out the house and hanging doors. Then they come back and just paint the trim. For me I think it causes too much touch up later and the dust inside the house when you are cutting all the MDF trim gets everywhere.

You can see the guys spraying the ceiling and back rolling while still wet. I’m trying a lot of new things on this project with the interior paint colors and finishes and reversing lights and darks in a way most people don’t see. Its always more work to try new ideas but challenging and rewarding to keep progressing.

I am doing a fully custom millworks package (cabinets) for the whole house. Its on order and getting built, should arrive around the end of this month. After the interior paint we will move into the tile jobs inside and the concrete driveway, small retaining wall and flatwork outside.

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  1. 14 Comment(s)

  2. By Travis on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Looks great Tom!

  3. By Danny Johnson on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply


    Was the front door already painted? Not sure if it was the picture but I would think a darker door would really stand out. (though I’m usually not someone to take design ideas from :))

    I really like the the look looking up at the soffits.

  4. By Tom on Nov 10, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Danny, front door is still unfinished. I have to stain it and put on the decorative craftsman mantel. I was going to stain it at the end so it looks fresh.

  5. By Curtis Gabhart on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    nice Tom,

    Thanks for all the great ideas I can copy… baaaahaaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaa….

    Can’t wait to tour it again.

  6. By Curtis Gabhart on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    BTW what sheen paint do you use on the exterior?

  7. By Tom on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Most painters use up flat on wood siding but I always use Satin. It gives the color a little more punch and to me makes the details stand out. I stay with satin on the window trim too, whole house satin. 2 coats on everything.

  8. By Hunter on Nov 15, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Tom,

    Im so thankful for you detailing the whole process of new construction. I would love to get into that someday and I look forward to coming back to the posts on this project for advice.



  9. By Tom on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Hunter, Glad you enjoy. I checked out your blog and your projects are very nice. Great to see rehabbers with some style. Have fun!

  10. By Jared on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t forget to spray the popcorn up! (not)

  11. By Tom on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    @Jared Darn it, I knew I forgot something!

  12. By jump on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nice work! Curious on what you paint/sheen you use on the ceiling and trim. I recently used Kilz 2 ceiling and then a semi-gloss on the trim. What type of material do you use when covering the floors?

  13. By Tom on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Jump. I always use flat on the ceilings. Everything inside is Behr.

    Walls are eggshell, trims are always semi gloss for my taste.

  14. By Thomas J. Hill on Mar 25, 2013 | Reply

    I like the black trim at the edges of the exterior windows. It makes a nice contrast with the color choices.

    I have a question about your order of business on the inside projects. You said you: “2. Install Hardwood floors 3. Trim out 4. Spray Ceilings 5. Spray trims 6. Paint walls 7. Tile 8. Install Millworks” Why would you want to have expensive flooring down before you spray ceilings, trims and do the painting? It seems to me that would create lots of extra work on clean up before you could do the floor refinishing.

    That seems inefficient and to be working at cross purposes i.e. from the top of the room down, to keep the mess and cleanup down to a minimum. Trim can be measured, cut and sprayed in a separate area or outside, and then installed and touched up after the flooring is installed. Painting anything, in my opinion, should be done as far away from expensive things as possible!

  15. By Tom on Mar 25, 2013 | Reply

    Because the flooring is installed raw, or “unfinished”, you can overspray the wood and the first pass of the floor sander takes anything off. To refinish hardwood floors you start with a 36 grit and work up. We still cover them but its not critical. I never liked to pre-paint trims, everything comes out better if its installed, caulked and holes filled in place, and then all trims sprayed in place. This way you don’t get any brush marks. The last thing you do is refinish the hardwood floors and install base shoe moulding if applicable. I bet you were thinking I was using prefinished flooring.

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