We had the following requirements:
- Wallboard sealer (applied directly to raw wallboard, before wall paint)
- Ceiling flat (ceiling paint with no sheen, tinted to the desired colour)
- Wall paint (tinted to the desired colour)
- Paint for trim (surrounds of new joinery, skirting etc)
- Paint system to allow us to paint garage door and aluminium joinery in shed black (from green)
Before delving into the specific paints, we worked on a colour scheme with our Resene consultant.
We worked on the advice that a lighter ceiling feels higher – so opted for a slightly “whiter” version of the white we went with for the walls.
We decided we didn’t want to go for a different colour trim – our home would have a simple two colour scheme, walls one colour, ceiling the other.
We opted for Alabaster for the walls and Half-Alabaster for the ceiling. This would provide a very clean, light space to adorn with paintings and plants to add contrast – in line with Alana’s vision.
With the colours sorted, it was time to move onto paint technology.
Because we were renovating an imperfect older home, we wanted to find the perfect sheen that didn’t accentuate the imperfections, while avoiding an overly matt finish of typical flat paints. Enter Resene “Spacecote”.
Spacecote is one of a new generation of paints to use “spheromers”, which are essentially tiny ball bearings which give the paint advantageous properties in both application and finish. Of highest interest to us was the velvety finish able to be achieved even on imperfect walls. The spheromers diffuse the light in a way that gives a different look than typical wall paints, and has the best of both worlds in terms of sheen, as well as being appropriate for wet areas and washable.
With that sorted, our paint system looked like this:
- Wallboard sealing: Resene Broadwall Wallboard Sealer
- Ceilings: Resene Ceiling Paint – Half Alabasta
- Trim: Resene Enamacryl – Alabasta
- Walls: Resene Spacecote Low Sheen – Alabasta
- Garage Door & Aluminium Slider
- Etch: Resene Vinyl Etch
- Undercoat: Resene Enamel Undercoat
- Topcoat: Resene Lustacryl – Black
Ultimately, both the colours and paint system we chose was tailored to not just our taste, but the canvas we were working with. By working with a Resene expert on this in conjunction with Jason our painter, we honed in the perfect paint system for our specific application.