Benjamin Moore is my favorite brand of paint. I use their "Aura" line of paint whenever possible, because it usually covers in just one coat.
They just announced their 2018 color of the year, and wow! What a color!
It looks like they're moving on from the white-and-gray trend. This is called "Caliente" and it's an incredible scarlet hue.
A color like this can really make a room, but from the painter's perspective, crimson paint offers a few challenges. With that in mind, here are a few Tips for Painting with Red:
Painting with bold hues like Caliente can be a challenge. If you're nervous about doing it yourself, why not hire a professional interior painter like me? I'm good at it!
Upgrading your laundry room can make a big difference in the functionality of your home, while also making your day-to-day chores a lot easier. This project is a great example.
I recently had the pleasure of installing new cabinets, counters and a custom bench in this mudroom in Asheville. The room doubles both as a a laundry closet and an entrance from the outdoors.
As you can see in the "before" pictures, the space was large and pleasant, but there was no storage! (The cabinet in the first picture was put there by me.)
After consulting with the homeowner, I came up with a plan that combined pre-made cabinets and handmade built-in furniture to give a custom look while staying within her budget.
We used standard cupboards from Lowe's over the washing machine, but I put shelves in between and painted them to match the entrance door.
Take a closer look at the counter top. This is hardwood oak, but I was able to save the homeowner money by using plywood instead of solid boards. Since this was cabinet-grade plywood, the grain is still very beautiful, and it will last a long time.
We also used a standard cabinet for the broom closet. Since it was a little too low, I raised it up a few inches and manufactured a few pieces of trim to match the existing baseboard.
The homeowner chose hardware and hooks to match the existing hardware on the door. Then we added a few other small details, like a bench to sit and remove your boots, and extra hooks by the exterior door to hold more coats and hats.
It all came together beautifully, and this is a project that could make a big difference in helping this family stay organized, while adding serious resale value to the home.
If you've got a laundry room with no counter or storage, or a mudroom with no place to take off your boots and hang up your coat, give us a call. I'll be glad to bring your plans to life.
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