a kitchen remodel featuring bold blue painted cabinetry

Bold & Blue: Paint Provides the Wow Factor in Minneapolis Condo Remodel

A kitchen remodel, combined with bold paint color and a new best-in-class trim paint, has totally transformed the look of a downtown Minneapolis condo.

Getting the right color

“We did samples of three different colors on a door the client had given to us,” says Don Patnode, Field Operations Manager for Synergy Builders, the contractor hired to do the painting. In the end, Loyal Blue SW6510 (175-C7) was selected as the main cabinet color, supported by the warm undertones of Original White SW7636 (259-C3) and Colonnade Gray SW7641 (283-C2).

“The final product looks phenomenal,” Patnode says. “There is a huge wow factor when you walk into the room.”

Using the best trim paint was crucial

Paint selection was equally important as the color choices.

“For the island, it was really important that we used durable paint, especially with how often the clients entertain,” says Tiffany Hanken, the interior designer on the project. “The saturation and the durability is key, and there is a regal essence if you use a really good quality paint.”

For this project, that meant Emerald® Urethane Trim Enamel.

This new water-based urethane modified alkyd is perfect for cabinet, door and trim projects where hardness, adhesion and durability are primary considerations. Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel delivers the look and feel of an oil-based enamel with the convenience of a water-based formula.

“We were painting over a dark espresso brown color, and the coverage was excellent,” Patnode says. “Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel is ideal for apartments if you have enough time. Once cured, it’s washable and scrubbable. We do a lot of apartment buildings and commercial projects, and it works really well in condo renovations.”

For property maintenance contracts, he says, there will be less wear and tear and not be nearly as many punch list items a year later.

This article was originally published in the Spring 2018 issue of PPC magazine. Story and photography by Mike Starling, PPC Editor. Read about other successful painting projects in the PPC digital archive.