By Heidi Nyline
The first day I walked into this beautifully remodelled craftsman style house in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver, I knew instantly it was going to be a big opportunity for Warline to showcase what our crew could do and the power of paint.
The homeowners, Kelly and her husband Dave bought the house 10 years earlier. It had been completely renovated by the previous owner who invested a significant amount of time and money in restoring this house to its original condition.
It was beautiful but it had one very distinct characteristic. All the of the wood, (I mean ALL of the wood) including the floors and the cabinets were stained red. In a craftsman style house that was a lot of red.
Kelly said when they bought the house she told her husband the red was fine but eventually it would have to go. I totally got that. It's not that red stained wood was bad but it would forever dictate wall colours, furniture and the colour palette of the home.
After the floors were replaced, it was our turn to work our magic. I had our fantastic photographer, Ina VanTonder come in at the early stages and photograph the house so that our before photos would capture just how dramatic this transformation was.
The job involved hundreds of hours of sanding, prep and priming and our Festool dust extractors played a major role for our crew. The trim was primed and painted using Benjamin Moore Advance in a pearl finish. The colour throughout was CC-40 Cloud White.
Once the trim was sprayed and the ceilings were painted this house looked like a new home. We painted the walls in Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81 using Regal Select.
The house was light and bright and the perfect setting for us to film our first corporate video. I think the house is as much of a star in the video as our crew was.
When it was all done, Ina came back reshot the house. The result is a stunning before and after gallery of what paint can do for a home and how painting wood can be the right decision. If you ever have an argument about whether or not its okay to paint wood, just show these before and after pictures.