But that was only the start.
In the bedrooms, there had been some minor cosmetic earthquake damage in a few corners (as with all homes in Christchurch!). The complicating factor was that the rooms were wallpapered with a finely textured covering. The wallpaper appeared to be quite old, and removal was something we wanted to avoid, as the rest of the walls were generally in a good condition.
The challenge was to mask the damage in a way that didn’t stand out. Zane was happy to do his best, but advised that paint choice would also determine how obvious the repair was.
As part of the decision-making process for plaster finish, we consulted with Resene Paint. Elaborating on the various challenges we faced to achieve a great finish, we sought advice on the best paint option for masking imperfections. Resene advised that they had a special paint that was designed for this particular application, Spacecote – and we’ll cover this in an up and coming chapter.
After consulting with Zane, Resene and our Painter, we decided on a Level 4 finish for the living area. It would give a great result in the particular lighting conditions and paint combination we were going for, while saving on a full Level 5 finish.
The other areas of the house would also be finished to a Level 4 standard, and Zane would do what he could with the tricky wallpapered areas.