Interior House Painting Walk through Sept 2012

October 1, 2012


Andy Sewrey: We’re here in Seattle, on Phase 2 of a project that we started, well really last fall. This is a historic home in Seattle, it’s a Norvell house, you should be able to find that on Wikipedia if you want to take a look at it. We did this exterior paint job last fall, and now we’re here with one of our building partners in Seattle, JAS Design Build, doing an int – they’re doing an interior remodel, and we’re doing the painting on it. So, we’ve just gotten started with the prep phase and some priming. We’ll go inside and kinda take a look at how things are going and talk about the project a little bit. So you can see they’re not doing –


Andy: they’re not doing a lot of modernization, I suppose, or updating with this. They’re trying to tie in existing features with new. And there’s examples of it all over the place, if we were to come over here, in the formal dining room –

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John Shearer: Here we are Phase 2. Exterior, finished. Swiss chalet, dragon style. I think two really cool things on this project are, number 1: This existing detail in this archway, is going to be recreated right here.

Andy: Y’know we’ve got – this is a great example, where if you look at the kinda untraditional bay window detail, that’s original to the house, and what they’ve done for their built-in here – y’know, they’re tying design details old and new so that everything that they do is updated and works well in today’s world but still doesn’t look like they tried to stuff a real contemporary feel into an old house.

We’ve got the kitchen here, this is the major part of the remodel, but again, you walk in and really feel like this has been here forever.


John: So usually you only see the cabinet packages afterwards, the nice afters, but this time, we’re going to show you the magic throughout the whole entire process. This is Colin. How’s it going?

Colin: Excellent.

John: He’s measuring and using smooth-making machines right now to make this smooth. Because it’s gotta be smooth and square in order to paint it. Well actually it doesn’t need to be, but –  in order to be JAS quality it needs to be.


Colin: That’s right.

John:  Kim Clements and Aaron are working on the design, and Katelyn is gonna be picking the colors (6 Farrow & Ball paint colors will be used). And it’ll be fun to see how this thing turns out. I think the interior’s going to be turned over to us probably in about six weeks or so – maybe – and we’ll give you an update then. Thanks.


Andy: Then we can go down to the basement; we’ll actually see the cabinet production for a lot of the pieces that are existing here. So when we do cabinet work, we usually do a full disassembly for our drawer faces and doors. You can see here there’s over a hundred pieces for this – for this particular project. We’ll set up a spray booth in an alternate room, which we have around the corner to our right. We’ll spray the pieces in a zone similar to this here. And then move them back out and rack them to dry. Good morning, Angel.

Angel: Good morning.

Andy: How are you?

Angel: Good.

Andy: Good. So they’ve already primed all this stuff, now they’re doing their touch fill and just looking for minor imperfections, and caulking, whatnot.  From there we’ll start shooting enamel. And this is a sprayed and backbrushed finish, so it’ll effectively look like it was painted by hand and still give us a good production rate on the work.

So we can head back up, take another look a little bit at the main floor. This is just a little mudroom, although they did a nice like tall wainscot beanboard detail. This is all going to be a pretty warm white trim, but one thing that I like about this is there’s gonna be a really beautiful clear finish on fir with the bench here, and then this particular face here is gonna be a really strong mustard yellow, it’s just going to be a really striking detail, and I’m kinda looking forward to doing that for them.

John: Is that a pocket door right there?

Andy: This is a pocket door right here. Again, with multi-paneled, kinda traditional-looking door, but y’know these save space obviously and it’s kind of a design element of the house. We’ll go look at the pocket doors in the dining room. Which are huge, they just don’t make em like that anymore. …see in new construction anymore, which is a big set of French pocket doors to completely hold off the dining room space. We see these a lot in Seattle.

Handrail, original stair system, they’re not touching this. In pretty heavy, some of these hand turned details are pretty cool. We’ll be prepping em up to a level so we can kinda blend the old with the new again. So we’re not trying to necessarily restore this so much as do a good solid prep job, and then the brushstroke and the new stuff will help balance the look out.

Two bedrooms here to our right. Again if we walk in the first bedroom, to our right you’ve got another example of an old existing built-in. This is all a repaint situation in here except for one door, that will be new. And I believe the next door room will be wallpapered. This one will be a full paint out.

This room, again we’ve got existing built-ins to deal with, and this room is going to be full wallpapered so they’ve skimmed the walls out smooth. We’ll be using a special primer, for wallpaper, it’s actually an oil-based primer, and then someone else will handle the wallpaper application.

Got a new bathroom here. Again this is an update, and if we take a look in here you’ll see traditional designs with new cabinetry. It just blends with the house well. And then we move on to the master bedroom. Which, the – the main change we did here is that they actually asked us to prime and paint the existing fireplace, which is in the opposite end of the room. It was originally kinda beat up, stained oak, and they just really thought it was kind of a distraction to the room and they wanted to tie it in. So, on this guy it’s just got the first primer coat on it, we’ll go through and do some pretty extensive fill and caulking to make this really kind of a tight unit.



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