This week as we have been painting and painting . . . and painting, I’ve noticed a difference between the two brands we’ve been using.
Typically, I am a Benjamin Moore Paint girl – they have such a huge selection of colors and the paint goes on so nicely. However, where I am in Georgia there’s not a BMP place close, so we went to Lowes.
In the foyer, we used the Valspar Signature line of paint in an eggshell finish. I’ve got to say that I was very disappointed. We paid $30/gallon and there were lots of drips and splatters. Even more disappointing was how quickly the pigment separated. My sister bought the paint last week and when we opened up the can we found lots of clear liquid sitting on top even though I had shaken it up quite a bit! I expect alot more from a paint that cost $30/gallon. The coverage was decent but it was smelly . . . we won’t be buying it again.
In the parlor and kitchen we are using Olympic Premium brand in an eggshell finish. At just over $20/gallon this paint is rated #1 by Consumer Reports (according to the Olympic Paint rep who was at Lowes that day). I really liked that we were able to find a zero VOC product (which results in a very low odor and environmentally-friendly paint).
I’ve got to say that we were very impressed with the Olympic paint. If I want a low/zero VOC paint from Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore I can end up paying $50/gallon! (Don’t get me wrong, love Aura paint from BMP but I’m just saying.) These days, that’s a lot of money to shell out on a gallon of paint. The coverage was good (two coats – light over dark) and very low odor. I would not hesitate to use this brand again. I thought it was an extremely good value.
I’m curious what paint brands you like or don’t like. So many of us use paint to transform our spaces – please share your paint wisdom with us.