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The Poco Inn in Port Coquitlam Gets a Facelift and Warline Becomes Deck Experts

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

Today some of the crew of Warline Painting spent the day taking part in Benjamin Moore's Certified Contractor Training Program to become Certified Stain Contractors. It was a day well spent and over the next few months we will be sharing much of what we learned at this course. But since I am obsessed with colour - the new face of the Poco Inn & Suites, where our course was held, didn't go unnoticed by me. So much so that I thought I should share.

It's been some time since I've been by the Poco Inn on Lougheed Highway in Port Coquitlam, so I was pretty surprised by its facelift. Talk about bringing it back to life. Let's just say the old Poco Inn was just that - old. The original building was brick with dark metal windows.

This is the only photo of the hotel I could find prior to its exterior facelift. It's a very flattering photo of a not so flattering building.

A combination of cedar, ledge stone, sheet metal panelling, slate tile and paint were used to reface this building. I like the use of a dark charcoal grey, which I am pretty sure is Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal (HC-166) with an orange cedar trim.

New sheet metal facing and Cedar trim columns update this Inn to give it a modern industrial feel.

The stained cedar compliments the orange/red brick underneath. The dark charcoal metal ties in the new ledgestone and I am guessing the window trim also got a repaint.

The brick is still there but it now has a an orange cedar trim detail and lots of ledgestone (not my personal favourite but very popular right now).

We walked back to our truck and I was complimenting the renovation. Then in an instant my comments went from wow to yow. 

As we got closer to the building the subpar workmanship of the painting of this building became glaringly evident. Huge paint sag marks all over the metal siding and a ridiculous amount of overspray all over the brick were everywhere. What a shame that such a great makeover could be so poorly executed by the commercial painters that were hired to do the job.

Where do I start? The hideous paint sags, the overspray all over the brick (just try cleaning that) or the air conditioner that was kind of painted?

All in all the exterior facelift of the Poco Inn looks good. They are working on the lobby now and judging from the artist renditions on their website, it should be just as much of an impressive makeover. But I really hope they hire better painters for the inside.

Posted by: viewer
I am not related to paint or construcution industry. It appears to the untrained eye that the Poco Inn was offered a very good deal (extremely inexpensive deal) on the orange paint, thus Poco Inn saved a great deal of money. I feel the orange is unappealing and fail to understand the message Poco Inn is attempting to send to attract potential customers.


Thanks for commenting viewer. I think the orange cedar was very much part of the design concept for the Poco Inn. They have taken a very dated building and given it a West Coast/Whistler Chalet look which I quite like. When you consider the style of homes being built up behind it on Burke Mountain, I think the new face fits of the Poco Inn fits right in the neighbourhood.

Posted by: Michelle Farrance
Wow - look at those bricks. I remember how careful your team was when they did our house. When they painted the brick on the chimney - everything else was covered so they wouldn't get any spray on the wrong item. Too bad that looks like a mediocre job they did. Kind of muddles the whole thing for me.


Thanks Jen. I can't even imagine how they would clean those bricks. What a nightmare.

Posted by: Kristie@thedecorologist
No doubt, they should hire your company!!! Warline is the best :)


Thanks Kristie. We are pretty impressed with The Decorologist. I sent a customer to your site yesterday to help decide if they wanted to paint a room Wythe Blue. :)

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