It All Started with Air Conditioning

The new owners of this 1925 West Philadelphia house knew that they were going to install air conditioning before they moved in. They could not decide between the traditional duct work or the high velocity ductless methods. As you can see below, they chose the traditional method, because it was much cheaper. That freed up more money for us to paint their entire 4 bedroom house.

One of the features that they did not like was the trim work. It was either painted blue or unstained with a clear polyurethane. We painted the kitchen ceiling, walls, and trim. The walls were a neutral gray from Sherwin-Williams called Reflection. We used Ice Cube for the trim.

We used Reflection for most of the house, but they added an accent in the dining room. We used the very rich and dark Naval for this alcove

We basically cleaned and freshened up the living room with Reflection. We also added some crown molding that matched the dining room.

There were 4 bedrooms in this house. we painted the 3 that had the most need. The first bedroom was a simple color change. We used Faint Coral for their daughter’s room. Then we made the purple ceiling in their son’s room into white and added Salty Dog as an accent.

The 4th bedroom went from a pale green to Reflection.

Finally, I get to show you the air conditioner. It was installed in the hallway. So, we had to frame, drywall, and paint the hallway. It made for a low ceiling, but it was the right sacrifice for quality air conditioning.

Water & Wallpaper Don’t Mix

I received a call from this homeowner shortly after their roof leaked and damaged their ceilings and walls. The walls were covered with paper and was completely destroyed. Fortunately, they did not like the paper.

We laminated their office ceiling with 3/8″ drywall and removed all of the paper. Then we painted everything white. They liked the blue trim, so we kept that. Don’t be concerned about the carpet. They are replacing it when we are done. We repaired and painted the bathroom ceiling and walls, but it’s difficult to see here.

We are returning to this house for more work in April, so more photos to come.

Three Recent Projects

Based on the timing of when we finish a project or other logistics, I cannot always get good photos of the projects we do. Following are small portions of three very different projects.

This first one was an extremely large project in Kensington. We removed the paneling and paper from the ceiling and walls of the entire house. Then we repaired all of the plaster and painted the entire thing. There were holes everywhere! It took us over 3 weeks to complete, and I only have this one area of the house.

This next one is a portion of a large project in one room of a condo in West Philadelphia. It had not been touched for 15 years. The old plaster was cracked and crumbling everywhere. We had to paint 6 old windows with many panes. Plus, the trim was beat up. The owner had us paint an accent on the trim inspired by another project we did in the same building.

This third project was in a house in South Philadelphia. The owners had a hard time selling it, because no one wanted to deal with the drop ceiling in the living room. We removed it and laminated the plaster with 3/8″ drywall. Then we painted everything in the room.