Finishing Drywall and Paint

Christmas week saw some major headway.

The final sanding was completed on the drywall and then the primer and paint was applied.

This aspect of a design is the ‘prepping of the canvas’. The texture, color and light determines the tone for the rest of a design. For my personal home, I wanted to keep it simple and airy. Almost delicate. I love the glow of light as it reflects off of crisp, clean paper. I wanted to mimic that same light in the ADU through the application of level 5 drywall.

light reflecting on paper

Level 5 refers to the amount of sanding and smooth finish of the mud application. Level 5 is the highest amount of smooth finish and sanding that can be achieved. No texture please. I want the interior of this ADU to read like a John Pawson glowing masterpiece. Some of his work below:

level 5 drywall finish glows in a Pawson interior

level 5 drywall finish glows in a Pawson interior

In Pawson's home, the light reflects and envelops everything beautifully

In Pawson’s home, the light reflects and envelops everything beautifully

Many applications of mud is needed to achieve the smooth surface. Lots of sanding between each coat of mud. This process drags out for a couple of days, but the time spent is well worth the wait. Check out some images of the progress:

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the silica dust is delicate but will cover everything, fir casing on the windows must be protected

the silica dust is delicate but will cover everything, fir casing on the windows must be protected

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As you can see, the dust covers EVERYTHING.

Check out how lovely it looks after the plastic gets removed from the windows and the space cleaned:

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Andy Paris makes sure those sills are pristine.

Andy Paris makes sure those sills are pristine.

The color and sheen of the paint is extremely important to enhance the drywall and light reflectance. Fortunately, I work with my friends at Fresh Paint to perfect the interior finish. I selected to use a Benjamin Moore paint but to color match with a Pratt & Lambert : Seed Pearl.

Pratt and Lambert_Seed Pearl, Best Paint Color for Urban Small Dark Kitchens, Remodelista

It's starting to brighten up...

It’s starting to brighten up…

Can not wait to relax in this bright bathroom.

Can not wait to relax in this bright bathroom.

Soon, the cabinetry will be installed. It’s starting to feel like a real home. My peaceful retreat is taking shape.

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