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New From Benjamin Moore… Advance!

Advance2advance logoBenjamin Moores’ newest coating is something so advanced that the only possible name they could have given it, is ADVANCE.

 On first glance one would think this could not possibly be an Alkyd based paint… environmentally friendly, soap and water clean-up, quick dry times. But than when a person looks to the qualities and properties of the paint they find easy application, remarkable leveling properties with exceptional flow, unsurpassed adhesion qualities and a product that dries to a hard, durable surface enabling many years of worry free beauty.

 So what is Advance? Advance is truly an Alkyd, not a hybrid, says Carl Minchew, director of product development for Benjamin Moore. The key to the product is the mineral formulation as opposed to the previous industry standard of deriving the resins from petrochemicals. As a result of that innovation, Benjamin Moore developed an Alkyd mineral based product that can be tinted with its proprietary Gennex waterborne colourants, which are VOC-free, preserving the low-VOC content of the coating formulation regardless of the colour.

What this gives the consumer is another choice when it comes to durability. Traditionally alkyd paints were only used for trim, doors, cabinetry, furniture, etc. however with Advance, it is most likely to win favour as a wall finish, due to the available flat finish that will stand up to repeated washings with remarkable touch up qualities.

Advance is truly another giant leap forward in the coatings industry. Now available at your local Benjamin Moore!

How to Paint Circles / Polka Dots

Circles and polka-dots are presently very trendy for kid’s bedrooms, and are very easy to do. (I promise it’s very easy; I was able to get it done in an evening with my 2 year old helping.)

 The first step is to find a template for your circles.  Look around the house.  I wanted large dots so I used the lid to our garbage can (cleaned up, of course).  Depending on the size you want you could use dinner plates, a paint can lid, drinking glasses, anything with a smooth circular edge.  Here’s a list of the other material you’ll need.

 Material List

  • ¼ inch painter’s tape
  • 2 inch painter’s tape
  • Paint brush
  • 4 inch roller
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Circle template (i.e. something to trace)

 Next measure where on the wall you want your circles… or create a random pattern (this would look great with 2 or 3 different size circles). Place your template on the wall and trace it with your pencil.

Trace your template, then outline with 1/4 inch tape.

Trace your template, then outline with 1/4 inch tape.

The most important step is taping around the pencil line.  Use ¼ inch tape. This tape will easily curve with the line, and you should be able to tape around the entire circle with one long piece. The next step is to add 2 inch tape around the circle to bulk up your tape line (so that it’s easier to stay inside the line).  Rip off pieces around 4 inches long and tape them on a tangent around your ¼ inch tape.

Seal the tape edge with the background colour paint.

Seal the tape edge with the background colour paint.

To ensure you get a clean crisp paint edge, the next step is to paint over the tape edge with the background paint colour.  By doing this, you ensure that any bleeding that happens under the tape will be the colour of the wall; it will seal the tape so your circle colour won’t bleed through.

Use a 4 inch roller to paint your circles. Then remove the tape while the paint is still wet.

Use a 4 inch roller to paint your circles. Then remove the tape while the paint is still wet.

The last and easiest step is to paint the circle your desired colour. Use a paint brush for smaller circles, and a 4 inch roller for larger dots. Remove your tape while the last coat is still wet. The results will be a perfect circle with crisp clean paint lines.


Finished Circle with clean crisp edges.

-by Stacey Severs

Unify a room by painting all the furniture the same colour

furniture (cityline)Furniture can take up a lot of visual colour space in a room, especially large wood pieces such as found in the bedroom or dining room.  When wood tones are miss-matched in a room it can make the space feel unfinished.  One simple solution is to paint all the furniture the same colour, as pointed out in this month’s Style at Home (March 2010, pg 34).

I know painting wood scares some people (especially the male portion of the population), but sometimes it’s the best solution. It’s also cheaper than buying something new.

Your existing furniture that just doesn’t fit with your new decorating plan can be incorporated into the plan with a new colour.  Also second hand furniture can live a new life with a fresh coat of paint. 

Choosing the right colour can transform the wrong style into the perfect piece. Imagine painting an ornate Baroque-style* hutch in a hot colour like Tangelo 2017-30, Tequila Lime 2028-30 or Hot Lips 2077-30.  The hutch would be transformed into a modern hip piece! 

If the same hutch was painted a cream such as Hepplewhite Ivory HC-36, it would fit in with a country style decor.

To coordinate an older piece with newer espresso stained furniture try painting it Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10.  For a trendy colour choose Ranchwood CC-500; this colour furniture would look great in a monochromatic grey room. The classic choice for painting furniture white is Cloud White CC-40.

The steps to painting your piece are easy.  First clean the surface with TSP.  Next gently sand. Priming is the most important step; use a highly adhesive primer such as Fresh Start from Benjamin Moore.  Next apply two coats of paint in your chosen colour.  Be sure to use a higher sheen such as Pearl, Satin or Semi Gloss, to ensure the finish stands up to impact and abrasion from everyday use. Lastly, enjoy you’re now put-together space!

 *The value of a genuine antique should ALWAYS be considered before painting it.  However, if it’s gathering dust in the basement it’s of no value to you anyway, and painting it could bring it back into use in your home, adding true value to the piece. 

-by Stacey Severs

Natural wood surfaces in your home

Terra Nova NaturOil
Terra Nova NaturOil

One of the fairly obscure products that we like to keep in stock at Calgary South Decorating and SouthPointe Paint & Decor is oil for Butcher Blocks and Cutting Boards. It is a product that should be found in every kitchen, yet rarely is. Its main purpose is to keep all your kitchen wood surfaces from drying out and forming large cracks. Cracks can lead to tough hidden areas that are hard to clean and could result in a breeding ground for bacteria. Terra Nova NaturOil is a non-toxic blend of pure oils that naturally nourish the wood and keep it from drying out. It’s FDA approved and can be used on salad bowls, wooden handles, childrens wood toys, etc.

One easy way to tell if a commercial finish is safe for toys or food contact is of course to read the label. Look for a ”non-toxic” label but if you are still in doubt read the label to see if the product contains metals such as zinc, selenium, barium, mercury, lead, chromium etc. Any finish that contains any of the above, I would  not  consider to be safe for toys or food contact. Many  “natural oil”  finishes such as tung, or danish oils, do contain toxic metal driers, so a little research before you apply any finish is always recommended. Most paint manufacturers have safety data sheets online and if you can’t find them there be sure to check with the store in which you purchased the product.