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BM Aura Paint Fieldstone Walls White Dove Cabinets

14 years ago

Just wanted to share my experience with 2 different paints when remodeling my pool house DIY. We bought a 1950s ranch in November that had an addition that included a seperate pool house which was 8 years old and decided to remodel the pool house ourselves. We painted cabinets, walls, trim, ceiling in the apartment sized building. The existing real wood cabinets were stained with a light almost orangeish stain and were ugly but, otherwise in good shape and were custom made overlay doors with raised panels. The knobs were the same wood as the cabinets.

I followed the instructions and advice mentioned on this forum as much as I could. DH sanded & then I primed with 2 coats of Zinsser water based primer from my local BM store for most of the cabinets. My DH was highly aggravated at me for wanting to use two coats of primer and 2 coats of paint so a few of the cabinet surfaces have only one coat of primer that he did but, I had to put 3 coats of paint on them b/c they didn't look as good. We got in a fight over it so be aware that if you do it right as the pros like Michael say to on this board, you may be on your own. DH refused to help me sand in between coats and I was getting so tired that I just didn't have the time or energy to do it either so we did not do that. I also had limited lighting for a couple of the days as a storm came through here and we didn't have electricity for a couple of days but, I had to get it done. So it's not perfect but, I think a good result for a 1st timer DIY.

We used BM Aura flat finish on the walls & used the BM Aura ceiling paint flat finish on the ceiling. The cabinets were primed with Zinsser water based primer and painted BM White Dove in Satin Impervo water based. I used good brushes as directed which were well worth it.

The Aura paint is beautiful. The color is very rich. The smell is not bad at all. As advised by other posters you have to work fast with it and not "work" it much. I did have to use 2 coats for sure even though some posters said they used 1. No way for this color. The color is beautiful and changes throughout the day from gray to blue depending on the light. For all of you posters looking for the perfect gray that is in the blue range in sunlight, I highly recommend it. You would never know by the paint card that it is this pretty. I also tested it before buying the Aura in the regular BM paint, not Aura and it wasn't nearly as vibrant. Because my local store didn't have the Aura machine, they had to order it in but, I can't tell you how happy I am that I did.

The cabinets are a white, white no yellow as far as I can see in the color. Very bright white, not creamy or any other color at all. If you don't want a bright white, don't use this color. I love it but, might not use it in my kitchen because it is so bright. On my open cabinets that I didn't put doors back on, I had to paint the inside of them with the ceiling color paint because they were blinding me. Just kidding but, it is a bright white IMO.

Both color choices were inspired by my web research which lead me to from here to places that were my inspriration for color, Willow Decor's blog & the Cote de Texas blog. I learned so much here on this forum about the how 2s and paint choices, I wanted to return the favor and share my experience.

Now that I have done it myself, I will say that refinishing cabinets is a LOT of work. I highly recommend anyone considering it to have patience and a lot of time. This project was just a small kitchen like apartment size & it took me over a week, working 'til the wee hours in the night because I work during the day. The results I think are worth it. I am taking a break before considering doing my DD bathroom, laundry room, and maybe kitchen. One other thing I wished I had been able to do is set up saw horses or some method to be able to do both sides at once. My door edges are not perfect because I was working on the floor and everywhere else but, since it is a pool house, I don't mind and only I see it.

Walls BM Aura in Fieldstone

Ceiling is BM Aura Ceiling Paint flat in a 50% mix of the Fieldstone

Cabinets are BM Satin Impervo in White Dove

Trim is also BM Satin Impervo in White Dove

Cabinet knobs & pulls from Coolknobs& They are the silver satin finish.

Countertops & appliances were existing and I am not changing them for now.

Thanks to all for your advice. I hope this post helps some people out in the future. I will post pictures shortly & more details in the kitchen forum.

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