Fresh Transformation: Design by Mercedes

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Mercedes  Robinson, owner of Design by Mercedes, is a long time customer of Columbia Paint & Wallcover and a talented designer that we love working with. She recently gave this 1950s ranch home in the Riverside neighborhood a fresh look.

Dated but well made solid wood cabinets and paneling don’t necessarily need to be torn out of your home to get that bright farmhouse look you are dreaming of. A fresh coat of paint can be the most transformative and least expensive home renovation you can do. We recommend prepping your surfaces well to get that professional look you want.

Begin by cleaning the paneling with Dirtex or TSP first, then rinse with clean water. If it’s possible that the cabinets have been cleaned with Murphy’s Oil Soap or a similar product, it helps to wipe the surface down with denatured alcohol or a de-glosser like Wilbond. Lightly scuff / sand with a 220 grit sanding sponge or sandpaper. This gives you extra insurance against the paint chipping or peeling. Prime with a quality bonding primer such as Stix. If the cabinets are extra greasy or dirty, go with an oil base primer. They’re a little more forgiving if you’re unable to completely remove all grease or residue. We can tint the primer towards the finish coat color. Topcoat with the paint of your choice and you’re done.

These are some of our favorite shades for a look like this one by Mercedes:

OC-117 Simply White in Rust Scat Semi Gloss: paneling walls, paneling ceiling, trim, doors, and cabinets

OC-117 Simply White in Ultra Spec Flat: ceilings in all rooms except kitchen

AF-680 Wish in Ultra Spec Eggshell: walls

669 Oceanic Tea Rust Scat Semi Glossl: front door

CW-620 Finley Blue Rust Scat Semi Gloss: sliding barn door

The Affinity® Collection’s 144 paint colors are expertly curated to mix and match seamlessly, removing guesswork-and promising a beautiful outcome:  https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/affinity-collection

REFERENCE MATERIAL:

“What do you think stands out on this project?”

This project is a good example of how big of a difference paint can make in the overall appearance. By painting this stained wood paneling, it really updated the home and helped the space feel larger. Paint is usually one of the cheapest expenses on a home project, but can make the biggest impact.   

“What tips do you have for prepping all this paneling and the old cabinets?”

We recommend cleaning the paneling with dirtex or tsp first, then rinse with clean water. If it’s possible that the cabinets have been cleaned with Murphy’s Oil Soap or a similar product, it helps to wipe the surface down with denatured alcohol or a deglosser like Wilbond. Lightly scuff sand with a 220 grit sanding sponge or sandpaper. This gives you extra insurance against the paint chipping or peeling. Prime with a quality bonding primer such as Stix (http://www.insl-x.com/product-detail/inslx-products/stix-waterborne-bonding-primer). If the cabinets are extra greasy or grimey, go with an oil base primer. They’re a little more forgiving if you’re unable to completely remove all grease or residue. We can tint the primer towards the finish coat color. Topcoat with the paint of your choice.

Project Colors:

OC-117 Simply White in Rust Scat Semi Gloss for paneling walls, paneling ceiling, trim, doors, and cabinets.

OC-117 Simply White in Ultra Spec Flat for ceilings in all rooms except kitchen.

AF-680 Wish for walls in Ultra Spec Eggshell. She actually used SW7022 Alpaca, but AF-680 Wish is a near perfect match. It also comes from the Benjamin Moore Affinity color collection that you might be able to talk about.  https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/affinity-collection

 door color is similar to 669 Oceanic Teal. The barn door that hides the washer and dryer is pretty close too, which is in the Colonial Williamsburg Collection.

For the porch she used Benjamin Moore’s Latex Floor & Patio Low Sheen paint. The color is SW2850 Chelsea Gray which is really close to AF-690 Metropolitan.