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Revisiting White Paint





Did you know Benjamin Moore has over 140 shades of white? Nothing is more classic than a white room and with big wide trims and good architectural details and there’s so much you can do using different shades of white to add texture.  In the design world, white interior paint has also been becoming all the rage and we’ve been noticing. After all the hard work trimming out the house, its always a pleasure to start painting inside. Our floors are covered so no worries there, I went back to the well for my old favorite interior trim color Snowbound by Sherwin Williams in a semi-gloss sheen. High-gloss is just too Brady Brunch in my opinion so I always use semi-gloss for trim inside. I sprayed all the interior doors, casings, closet shelving and baseboards with 2 coats after taping the glass up and switching out my chrome hinges with dummies. I keep a bucket of crappy hinges that I don’t mind painting and find it easier to switch them out instead of taping the new ones off. This way also my new chrome hinges stay as new. As you might notice I sprayed the semi-gloss right onto the drywall next to the doors and window trim with no cause for concern, my flat wall paint color will go right over that and you wont be able to see it. Also the hardwood floor refinishing will get any over-spray from the floors upstairs.

For the wall color I tried something new, it’s Cloud White by Benjamin Moore. I didn’t want to use the typical “flipper beige” and wanted to lean modern a bit without creating a full blown white box. I’ll run this color through the whole house to unify these big spaces and provide more flow. The first few pics downstairs you can see the color on the walls already, I’ve layered the space by stacking 3 whites together; Pure White in the ceiling tray, Cloud White on the walls and Snowbound on the trims. I thought that with the huge room size anything too pure white might look like a hospital so with the soft, cream hue that this wall color offers, it will go good with the hardwood floors and be very easy to live with. Cloud White seems to have a chameleon affect, in different rooms and at random times of the day, it picks up color around it, even sometimes almost looking a little pale yellow when the sun is coming in the front room. Since I used good PVA drywall primer I can get away with one coat on the wall paint. I’m rolling the walls carefully with a very small 1/4″ nap roller cover because I have a high-end smooth drywall texture. After all this work getting this hand-troweled luxury finish, the last thing I want to do is use a big nap and add stipple from the paint roller. The walls are looking amazing, probably the nicest finish I’ve ever done, I’m never going back to spray orange peel texture again. The staircase is almost all stripped down to the original wood now as well. Once I get done painting upstairs I’m ripping this paper off the floors and its on! That’s all I got for ya.

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  1. 7 Comment(s)

  2. By Alex on Sep 6, 2011 | Reply

    Have you considered adding wainscot paneling?

  3. By Tom on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Alex, great idea. Funny, I’ve never used it but was considering it on this house for the bathrooms but It’ll have to wait for the next historic project, trying to get this thing put back together now. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  4. By Wes on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    This house is really coming together. Can’t wait for it to be done and on the market so I can come take a look. Definitely something I’d be interested in buying if the price is right.

  5. By Bilgefisher on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply


    I can’t wait to see the contrast between the floors and walls. The unfinished stairs hint that it will be stunning. I kinda wish I could see the wall finish in person. Pictures and video would never do it justice.

    Thanks for the great tip on the hinges. We had old painted hinges on each door with our own rehab, I think we’ll keep those for future work.


  6. By Tom on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    woohoo Jason, I know, I was in lazy mode trying to use my blackberry so I didn’t really document the drywall guys very good. Next house for sure, these guys are amazing and gave me a great finish. Maybe its a California thing but all the high end homes are hand troweled virtually smooth here. Sometimes you see whats called a 90/10 where 90 percent of the wall is smooth and 10 percent are lower intentional “void marks.” My job is about a 98/2.

    Everything is painted inside now, I’m dying to pull up the paper to see the contrast too. I’ve got some new pics but I’m saving the long shots for a grand finale ; )

  7. By Will on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    Tom you mentioned that you used a good pva drywall primer. I have had issues with different drywall primers. What kind did you use?

  8. By Tom on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    I used Glidden from Home Depot. It was cheap and worked well. I sprayed the whole house with it after drywall texture was done.

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