When I was in Chicago meeting with the folks at Ace Hardware, one of the products I learned about was the Ace Cabinet, Door and Trim Alkyd Enamel paint. It is an alkyd enamel which means it is water based for easy cleanup, but it self levels like oil based paints. It dries to a durable and washable finish.
Since I just finished installing new tile in our half bath recently, I have been itching to complete the room with some crown molding. This was the perfect chance to test out the Cabinet, Door and Trim Paint. I had it tinted in Natural Cotton since that was a close match to our baseboard color which is a slightly creamy white. Once up on on the wall, it reads as a white, just not a super bright white.
I actually did the crown molding by myself one afternoon while Marty was out. Normally crown is a two person job, but since this room is so small, I was able to hold up the pieces without a second set of hands. I used my handy test pieces that I talked about in my kitchen crown molding post over on my other blog, Involving Home, to help with setting up my compound miter saw so I don’t make any mistakes. I keep them by the saw and orient them the same way as the piece I am cutting, then I check to make sure the saw is set up to make that same cut. I do this every time, and on more than one occasion they have saved me from making a mistake.
Once the crown was up, I caulked it using my tried and true method for caulking after the walls are already painted. This method lets me get a nice crisp line and I only have to tape once for both the caulk and the paint. This picture was from when I did our kitchen crown molding, but you can see how nice and crisp the line is. I did the same thing in our half bath.
My local Ace Hardware store where I picked up the paint suggested that I use light coats since that will help with the self leveling properties. It worked great! The paint came out super smooth and I love how it looks.
You can see here what the room looked like before. Definitely missing something.
Paint Source: Ace Cabinet, Door and Trim Alkyd Enamel in Natural Cotton
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I am a member of the Ace Hardware Blogger Panel and was provided the product and supplies for this project. All opinions are my own.