Our heat wave in the East continues.  At least the three successive nights of violent storms have abated.  With power restored, at least we can keep cool. However I'm aware that in these economic times, there are many who cannot keep cool.

I wanted to do a post about the paint colors that I used on the FD Project.

BM Urban Legend on the door
and Oak Ridge Trim

BM Oak Ridge on Porch and
Urban Legend on the front door
 The exterior of this home is belies its 2552 interior space.  This home has 25 windows, a full walk out basement.  This will be a spacious, comfortable and beautiful home for the new owners.   
I stayed mostly within one card on the Benjamin Moore color chart (from the Classic Deck), beginning with Winter Wheat (232).

For the exterior of the house, I wanted to find a color that would harmonize (rather than provide too striking a contrast) with the existing siding.  My designer and I chose Benjamin Moore Oak Ridge for the porch and for the window trim.  I used a DTM product for the metal trim on the windows and the door.  It covered the previously brown trim beautifully.

The front door also had storm door (that had to be removed due to style and condition).  It had been screwed into the metal wrap,  leaving holes.  Further, the metal wrap was separating from the wood.  I puttied and caulked all of the issues away, leaving an intact substrate. 
BM Cream Fleece (233) in Aura matte on the walls
 and Linen White Trim

The home looked overwhelmingly beige.  I went further down on the color card and painted the front door Urban Legend.
For the bathrooms, which exceeded my expectations, I used Creme Fleece on the walls with Linen White Trim.  It is a soothing and beautiful combination, and it looked terrific with the tile choices.  I chose the Aura Kitchen and Bath paint for the walls.  It is a product that is expensive, but it has many attributes that make it a great choice for bathrooms.   I also chose this for the master bedroom. 

For the upstairs bedrooms, I chose Linen White on Linen White to create a soft white that would blend well with many decors without being 'blinding white'.

Pergo Elegant Expressions Buchanon Maple
BM Winter Wheat (232) walls/trim
Pergo Buchanon Maple Elegant Expressions Laminate
 The downstairs (it doesn't feel like a basement) and the great room upstairs were painted in BM Winter Wheat--another great neutral that is soft, harmonizes well with most colors.  The Pergo Elegant Expressions Laminate in Buchanon Maple was a great choise for the downstairs which has 3 more bedrooms. The bow front window in this walk out basement gives this a downstairs v. basement feel.  This is truly a spacious and comfortable room.  The wainscoting and trim in this house was previously stained dark wood.

New flooring, recessed lighting and paint transformed this room to this. 


  1. Hi, Leisa. How's it going?

  2. The skunk says meow.

  3. Hi..I like Aura its a great paint from Ben Moore but too pricey..for $25 per gallon I picked up Daich Wallrock primerless paint and had a nice tough finish