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post #1486 of 8680

The luxo lamp is cool, looks great in that room.


I started prepping for paint yesterday. Starting with my stairwell to the basement because it really needed help. I'm doing walnut plywood for the landing and risers, then solid walnut for the stair treads and nosing. Replacing the molding with slightly taller rectangular molding and hanging an undetermined lamp. The color is white in eggshell, and if all goes well the white will likely consume the remainder of the walls in the house.
post #1487 of 8680
Nice. Are you doing the trim/moldings in the same finish? I would really recommend a satin on all wood. It helps create a subtle visual hierarchy between wall and trim, and it will hold up much better to marks and blemishes because it's safe to clean with water and cleaning solutions. You're supposed to be able to clean eggshell with damp cloths, but in my experience some brands don't take well to it at all.

Also, don't skimp on brushes or roller covers. They are probably more important than the actual quality of paint in my experience. Purdy's top of the line brushes are very good, and I would roll with 1/2" nap White Dove covers to prevent orange peeling.
post #1488 of 8680
Benjamin Moore "matte" finish has become my favorite paint (I use it in the "Regal" level, have not tried the higher end Aura stuff). It's got some ceramic content or something in it to make it more scrubbable.

It applies super easy, and has just a little more sheen than flat (about the same or a bit less than eggshell). I have it on my kitchen walls and it scrubs clean with dawn and a damp sponge (or a just a wet-wipe) and I don't seem to to have any pigment lifting or noticeable blemishes afterwards.

Ended up using it in the living room as well because I liked it so much more than the flat paint I put up on a wall at the same time as I was painting the kitchen.

Satin or semigloss on the trim for sure...
post #1489 of 8680

Benjamin Moore is the bomb icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif. After helping my friends paint their rooms in other brands, I nearly yelped in joy at how well BM paints.


I used the Aura line for a few rooms. No splatter, almost odourless, dries really quickly between coats, and like otc mentioned, it scrubs and cleans really well.


Went with "Stonington Gray" and "Coachman's Cape". 


Matte for most rooms. Eggshell for the bathrooms.

post #1490 of 8680
Thanks for the suggestions.

I'm going to lacquer the trim and touch it up after. Since I'm going to make the trim in the shop I can chose a paint to spray on and touch up afterward with spray as well. I can do satin for the trim and the stringers (which are pine, so I'm painting them).

I bought Valspar, pretty happy with it so far.
post #1491 of 8680
+ 1 on Benjamin Moore. Easily the best paint I have ever used.
post #1492 of 8680
I'm a big fan of Porter paints.

McCobb table finish is almost cured and ready for final light sanding with 1000 and 2000 grit.
post #1493 of 8680
Sweet, looking forward to the results.
post #1494 of 8680
Finally finished skim coating. The main floor and 2nd floor on this house are relatively well finished, but I think the guy who drywalled the stair well into the basement was on his first day. I think I'll post a pic when all is said and done, in-spite of recent crucifixions.

Been eyeing this sofa as of recent:

I like most of what bassamfellows does, but i'm especially enjoying this collaboration with Herman Miller.
post #1495 of 8680
I'm trying to buy a vintage sewing machine...the Necchi Supernova I am looking at tomorrow is a beautiful Italian machine (although I think some of their older models are even cooler...the Mira and the Nova in green paint), but I suspect the cabinet will it comes in will not work with my taste at all...they tend to be too ornate and antique looking.

I could always trash the cabinet and just use the machine on a table...but then I found this beautiful thing:
I can't believe that Singer actually made that, and made it at a time when they were still selling machines that look like that. I would be happy to use this as an end table when I don't need to sew something.

It also seems to be one of the only models they made that has this spring loaded support that pops out when you start lifting the fold-out top (all the other ones I see have droopy tables since they expect the hinges to support the load):

I wonder if they consulted with someone else on the design of this piece...

I bet it is going to be hard to find one of these. People tend not to list (or know) the model number when they are dumping stuff like that on craigslist/ebay, and most of the other designs are very unappealing.
post #1496 of 8680
Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post

Homemade tables can be a good way to go. My work table is a 72" long butcher block (1.75" thick) on steel hairpin legs that I had custom made for around $60. I got the butcher block from a renovating photography studio for $85 or so. All in all, I've put another $50 into refinishing it and it's on par with something similar you'd see at a preposterous markup in a Brooklyn flea market.
post #1497 of 8680
Looks like u will be interrogating dinner guests. Pretty bad lighting.
post #1498 of 8680
Originally Posted by JuyLe View Post

Does anyone know who designed those chairs ? They were at my gf's grandparents house in the north of germany, and no one had any idea.

Looks a bit like this
post #1499 of 8680
I'm going to do this lamp as a ceiling lamp in the stairwell.

Edited by SkinnyGoomba - 1/6/13 at 4:48pm
post #1500 of 8680
I was searching for a cheap desk lamp and came across this - some of the designs are nice.

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