Final Finishing Details on a Contemporary Remodel

Fine Homebuilding® uses Benjamin Moore paint and stain to revitalize a traditional Connecticut home.

The Fine Homebuilding Connecticut project transformed a traditional New England-style home into a contemporary house, thanks to Benjamin Moore’s paints and stains.

When you’re working on any remodel, let alone a complete transformation, attention to detail ultimately determines the finished product’s success.

This is especially true when it comes to the remodel of a traditional New England-style house in Connecticut. The team at Fine Homebuilding® transformed one such house into a sleek, contemporary home.

With the help of Benjamin Moore products, the Fine Homebuilding team brought this older home into a brand-new era, updating both the interior and exterior.

This video takes a look at how the details, including the right paint and stain, elevate this traditional home remodel to new heights.

Start with a Quality Primer

Successful paint projects—interior or exterior—start with a premium quality primer.

To transform the home’s interior walls and ceilings, the Fine Homebuilding team chose Ultra Spec® 500 primer. This primer is low VOC, fast-drying, and provides a uniform base for a smooth top coat.

For Top Coats, Play Around with Color and Sheen

On any remodel, top coats infuse color and sheen into a newly transformed space. For most of the home, the team chose Regal® Select Interior Paint in Chantilly Lace OC-65, an off-white shade with cool undertones that brighten each room. This color also allows for the space to be flexible on design opportunities.

As for finish, the team selected eggshell for the walls, and a satin sheen for the trim, doors and cabinets to add a sleek contrast throughout the interior.

In a refreshing twist, the billiards and theater room bucked the off-white trend, with the homeowners opting for a deep, luxurious color, Kendall Charcoal HC-166. They went with a flat sheen on the walls and ceiling to reduce any reflective light, and switched to an eggshell sheen for the doors.

Regal Select offers excellent coverage and color retention, and ensures a durable, easy-to-clean coated surface.

Go for Durability with a Premium Exterior Paint

After deliberating over eight off-white color samples for the home’s exterior, the homeowners chose Regal® Select MoorGard®, a premium exterior paint with a modern low lustre finish in Glacier White OC-37. With its superior adhesion and fade resistance, this coating will keep the home looking freshly painted for years to come.

Choose a Stain with Color Retention that Lets the Wood Shine Through

It wasn’t just paint the homeowners needed for the exterior. They also had to choose various wood stain colors. For the garage doors and the posts and beams on the porch, the homeowners wanted a stain that would offer protection from the elements, while allowing the grain and texture of the wood to come through.

For the garage doors, they chose ARBORCOAT® Exterior Stain in translucent Cedar ES-40, and went with semi-transparent Cordovan Brown ES-62 for the posts and beams. ARBORCOAT solid stain is available in thousands of colors. This stain also comes in a variety of opacities, including transparent, semi-transparent, and solid, and provides UV protection, in addition to its mildew resistant and water repellent properties.

About the Video Series
Benjamin Moore teamed up with Fine Homebuilding for a video series exploring how real-life painting contractors achieve success. Watch more videos here.

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