Shades of Stain

Welcome to paradise. Beautifully located right along the bay, this waterside crash pad needed to look as good as the scenery around it. And who else should you call when nothing short of perfection will do? We’re not saying that there aren’t some great painting contractors in this area, but Jimmy’s Custom Painting is quickly earning a spot as a wood-finishing guru in our book. You might recognize the name as the TOP JOB grand-prize winner of our 2010 contest. The grand-prize project was an Asian-inspired Craftsman-style house that had wood as far as the eye could see … and it all needed to be prepped, cleaned and stained. And now, only two years later, he comes to us with yet another big winner in a project that included more wood finishing in addition to plaster and accent walls. I’m not joking when I say it’s the house next door to his last big winner.

This new construction project began all the way back in 2009! The owner once lived on a yacht, so he expected the attention to detail to be the same. Jimmy Wisniewski, owner of Jimmy’s Custom Painting, was kind enough to give recommendations for other trades that would be needed on the job, including finish carpenters, plaster finishers and landscapers. A shop was set up in the living room so that trim, cabinetry, furniture, etc., could be built on-site. Jimmy’s Custom Painting successfully finished multiple different surfaces with an array of shades and products. The home was finally finished after three years. All the work was worth it, though. Not only is the project featured in the pages of APC, but it made the Corona Del Mar home tour as well.

1 The Wood

The crew started by disassembling doors and windows and applying multiple coats of teak oil. The interior and the exterior of the house had tons of detail and many different types of wood inlays requiring a slightly different prep before the finish could be applied. Some of the darker woods such as the Purple Hearts had to be stained over time to keep the natural color.

2 The Plaster

For the plaster around the house, sample boards were first created giving everyone a little practice with the material. Dozens of samples were created in each color with lighter and darker shades and varying layers over the top. The finish product was a water-based sealer with thinned-out exterior paint (to add the color) applied with rags and towels like a stain. Once the plaster was cured, the concoction was applied in varying colors; some required multiple layers to get the final look and color desired. Not only is the finish on the plaster beautiful, it also is impervious to anything splashed on it. Now that’s cleanability!


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