Recently finished this hall/stairs/landing. Before I carry on, I would just like to say I only worked on the ceiling, walls and the apron. The woodstain on the woodwork was NOT done by me and the client was happy with their own work on it. This is really just to show how good the opacity is in the Benjamin Moore Aura range. Wall colour: Natural Wicker 950. All ceilings and walls were sanded with the Mirka Ceros and Festool RTS for the tight areas and corners. The ceiling, when rubbed, started to flake. So a coat of Zinsser Peel Stop was applied. When dry, two coats of BM's ceiling paint was applied. The walls were in need of a major sanding, so that is what they got. Then a good skim fill with Dunlop's Ultra Fine Wall Smoother from MyPaintbrush. I do like this filler now, a lot! As you can also see, the walls were brighter than the sun and needed a wall paint with good opacity. If a blind person had lived there, they could have felt a lot of words in braille as there were so many snots on the wall. After the Dunlop wall smoother was rubbed and dusted down with the Wooster Dust Eater a couple of times, it was time to apply the first coat of Aura Matte. It is great that this is a primer and finish paint in one. Sorts the filler out so there is no flashing at all. I did wonder if my luck would be that it needed three coats, as I hadn't used Aura on walls up to this point. First coat went on and I knew it would only be a two coater, as BM mentions for the Aura range. I did knock some money off the end price as I didn't need the 3rd coat. The client was happy with that! As you can see above, the dado was masked up as it was finished in Advance Satin - a lovely drop of paint that one!!! The Prodec masking tape came off nicely and left a crisp line all around. Sorry, forgot to photo it. This pic below is the same area as above but with the full two coats. It came up a treat. As I mentioned, I never touched the woodstain finish, so please don't think any paint smothering it is mine, it isn't! Last couple of snaps for you.