As summer is drawing to a close I'm taking a pause to reflect on some of recent projects in our local community and beyond. Last month we did a total transformation (painting ceilings, walls, and trim) of a great room in my neighborhood of Tanglewood in Pegram. As with all of our interior painting, this project received extensive prep including drywall repair, water stain treatment and caulking all the trim. We then applied two coats of my go to interior paint, Benjamin Moore Regal Select eggshell. I love working in my own neighborhood, and I'm thrilled to have worked on over 20 homes here, over the years.
One of our specialties is drywall repair, an art that falls somewhere between painting prep and drywall installation. A recent project in Franklin (see photos below) involved repairing the drywall around a support beam, reinstalling corner bead and then taping and coating in preparation of the finish paint. I was fortunate to learn the art of drywall from a master drywall carpenter back in the late 80s, at which point we were installing and finishing drywall throughout entire homes. I no longer do full drywall installation, but that experience has forever made repairing it a manageable task, and a specialized skill that has served me well over the years. Some of these techniques can also be applied to repairing plaster. Got cracks? We can make them go away!
We’ve also done several cabinet refinishing jobs in Green Hills, West End and a massive kitchen cabinet job in Bell Meade with over 90 doors and drawers! Preparing for paint involves several steps and is fairly intense. First we remove and label all the doors and drawer fronts which are then taken off site to be finished in my shop. Then the cabinet frames, doors and drawer fronts are all cleaned, sanded, repaired if necessary, vacuumed, and then cleaned again. The cabinet frames are hand brushed and the doors and drawer fronts get sprayed. My two favorite products for coating cabinets are Benjamin Moore INSL-X Cabinet Coat and Benjamin Moore Advance (typically in semigloss). Both of these enamels dry to a durable, rockhard finish that will last many years.
We also did several exterior painting projects including all the siding on one house, a couple of decks, a screened in porch, some iron handrails, stained front doors, and several projects involving wood rot repair. The climate of middle Tennessee is brutal on exteriors; intense heat, excessive humidity, and blazing sun all taking its toll. When you paint the exterior of your home it’s not just for aesthetics, it’s for protection. The paint is the final line of defense between the elements and the wood. Look for failure beginning in places like the bottoms of door jams, windowsills and eaves. It’s much cheaper to maintain the house with regular paint jobs than it is to replace wood! My go to exterior paint is Benjamin Moore Aura, the only paint on the market that makes the claim of 10 year color and sheen retention. My home is proof of this, painted nine years ago and still looking grand!
Please reach out to us if there’s any way we can help you maintain your home. Thanks for reading, I hope your fall is JUST DUCKY!
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We are very pleased with this total kitchen transformation in Pegram. Every surface was addressed. All cabinet frames and trim were cleaned, sanded, prepped and coated with two coats of Insl-x Cabinet Coat semigloss (color - white umber). The walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Regal Select eggshell. The doors and drawers were prepped and sprayed off-site. Cabinet Coat is one of my favorite coatings to work with, it cures out to a rock hard finish and provides durable coating that will last a long time, not to mention, when properly applied will make old cabinets look brand-new!
Here's our latest project, working on this nice brick home in West Nashville. First step was to power wash and remove as much of the old paint as possible, I think we stripped at least two layers of old paint off with the pressure washing alone (a full day of it). Then some scraping, and finally brushing and rolling two coats of Benjamin Moore Aura flat (color is snowbound). Unlike almost any other paint available, Benjamin Moore Aura can go straight to brick with no primer. We're very pleased with the way this is turning out so far!
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Eric Normand just completed the fourth painting project for us. It was a challenging task involving complete recoating of the kitchen cabinets. We couldn’t be happier with the results for the following reasons:
– Eric carefully planned the project and explained each step to us.
– He set a timetable and kept the project on schedule.
– Eric was meticulous in matching the cabinet colors with surrounding doors and trim
– After each day’s work, he thoroughly cleaned up and made sure that we could use the kitchen after he left.
– Eric is more than a painter. He is a painting technician/artist who produces excellent results.
We highly recommend Eric for any painting project.
~ John and Debbie Fowler
I found Eric through a friend from the Benjamin-Moore Hoover paint store in Green Hills. Eric was so kind and was able to help me with a full bathroom remodel. I was wanting to complete the project under a strict timeframe and Eric was there to help accommodate my schedule which also gave me great peace of mind. A doorway was taken out and he was able to do the all the drywall repairs and paint. It turned out beautiful! I am so happy. Eric is very professional, reliable, on time, kind and meticulous. Thank you so much Eric. Appreciate you very much.
“We are very happy with the painting work that Eric Normand did on our stairs. He was very neat and meticulous and they turned out great. Especially enjoyed the fact all the lines were very tight and there was no drips or paint on the wood. Very good work and thanks Eric!!”
Chris Leuzinger – Franklin,TN
We have a beautiful black lab that is so loveable, sweet and calm, so imagine our shock when we came home and she had shredded a wall and trim of a door down to the studs! She had also tried to get out of the porch door, during a storm. She has always been scared of storms but this was a mess.
We got Eric's name from a neighbor who used his services and they were very pleased with his quality of work.
We were able to meet on a timely basis, and Eric was nothing but respectful of our home! We would recommend and have to anyone who needs work done, he kept the area clean, showed up when he said he would be here, and he had qualified co-workers that were polite also. While he was in our home, I showed him a few other drywall areas that needed to be addressed and he did so!
I would and probably will use his services again and would highly recommend Eric and his company to everyone.
Thank you Eric,
Dan and Tammy Bednarzyk, Franklin, TN
My living room that opens with a stairwell up to second level had suffered years of inattention. The high ceilings and walls lacked their former beauty. Eric Normand worked a miracle. The detailed restoration was amazing! He gave attention to stabilizing the drywall and ensuring the smoothness of the surface. The professional painting treatment of the walls and ceiling has given new life to my home. He left the area void of any preparation residue. Thanks Eric, I am truly enjoying my new space!
— Pat McDonald, Pegram, TN