Interior Painting

Howie finished taping and sanding the drywall on the second floor on Sunday, so while we’re waiting for the first floor to be insulated and sheet rocked, we’ve started priming and painting upstairs.

We’re using Benjamin Moore’s zero-VOC Natura line. I read a few reviews on other brands that complained about needing 3-4 coats to achieve the desired color, and only saw good reviews for Natura’s coverage. We’re using some pretty saturated colors upstairs, so coverage was key and so far the it’s been wonderful to work with. It’s a little pricey at about $50/gallon, but not only does it cover well, it also goes on smoothly, dries in 1-2 hours, and it’s odorless. In fact, it’s so odorless that I could smell our dog over any paint smell when she came into the room. Time to give Bernie a bath!

I’m debating using some sort of geometric allover stencil on an accent wall in the master bedroom to break up the orange a bit. Any thoughts?

In other upstairs news: The tub was installed yesterday and looks great in the marble surround! All of our bathroom tile has now arrived, so as soon as Larry finishes installing the Schluter membrane in the shower we can tackle bath tiling next.

Bathroom color & tile: Walls are B.M. Natura Goldfield, shower walls and tub apron are tiled with Ann Sacks Lucian field tile in Oxygen, Carrara marble tub surround and vanity top, and 12"x24" Anthracite floor tile with matching pebbles on the shower floor.

While there’s nothing particularily “green” about the tile choices, we are using a no-VOC stone and grout sealer.

4 Responses to “Interior Painting”


  1. 1 melanie 27-October-2011 at 8:21 pm

    hi, i stumbled upon your blog while researching tile options. i like your combo — the glass, marble and anthracite — a lot. would you mind sharing your source for the anthracite and anthracite rocks?
    thanks,
    melanie

  2. 2 uphilljill 28-October-2011 at 10:14 pm

    The floor tile is manufactured by Anatolia Tile, the style is called Sassi, and the color is Anthracite. It also comes in white, black, and mocha. It was available in 3 of the 4 local tile stores I visited, so you may be able to find it in your area. You can also google it to find it online.

    The tile salesperson never gave me the brand name for the pebbles, but it looks nearly identical to a pebble mosaic I found online by StrataStone. Unfortunately, I have no way to tell for sure if this is the same brand.

    Good luck with your project and let us know how it turns out!

  3. 3 Marjorie 1-November-2011 at 9:19 am

    Nice colors. I particularly love kalamata and silverfox. they seem very restful and serene. I love tiling, a very satisfying home project. Exciting stage ! Can’t wait to visit next.


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