So many paint options!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We just finished painting our entire home and chose Valspar from Lowes but used Behr from HD in our other home.  Both are very good quality paints.  I always choose a satin finish, which wipes clean easily.  Valspar also has a special paint for kitchens/bathrooms.  It’s a little more expensive that the regular but it seems worth it. 

 

To choose colors I picked up tons of paint chips and taped them to the walls.  I would move them around to catch different light and as we decided which ones we didn’t like we took them down.  I left them up for a few weeks while we were deciding and finally we had 2-3/room to choose from.  🙂

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I prefer Benjamin Moore to any other brand. I used to think it didn’t matter, but then we helped friends paint their place and they used BM paint. I was a convert. It covered better, applied smoother with less drips, and the colors seemed more nuianced.

Finish is up to you. Semi gloss is good for light colored trim because it’s the easiest to clean. Eggshell or matte work for walls. Matte will show less wall imperfections, so if your walls are older and maybe a bit dinged up, matte is a bit more forgiving. But matte is also more difficult to clean, so it’s not a great option for high traffic areas like a mudroom or areas where kids will be spending time (and making kid messes).

I am a perfectionist. I painted 20+ color samples and hung them on my walls for weeks while making my decisions. For me it was very stressful. You have my sympathies.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I use the Behr Paint and Primer in one paint… I would say that it is definitely worth the money for interior paint… For exterior we were told to buy the most expensive paint we could afford because its too tedious to be cheap and have to redo… and I absolutely will not by Walmart paint – it has peeled in plastic sheets for me before yikes!!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I second everything lovekiss said.  I used Behr paint in the first room I painted and it was fine, but I’ve used Ben Moore and Sherwin Williams in every room since and I like those a lot better!  They need fewer coats for good coverage and don’t seem to splatter as much as Behr.  I assume this probably holds true for low/no-VOC paints, though I’ve never used them myself.  My other advice is to use Frogtape (green) instead of the regular blue painters’ tape for less bleedthrough.

To pick a color, don’t depend entirely on the little swatches you can get for free b/c color can look much different in larger swatches.  I usually get a $3 sample pot from Home Depot or Lowes (they have formulas for most BM and SW colors in their systems) and paint a piece of poster board I can move around the room.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

My husband used to own a house painting business and they always used Sherwin Williams…  

We get those little sample pots and paint big swatches on the wall to help decide on colors.  Just remember it always dries lighter than it looks right away.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The Valspar and Behr paints are comparable both in quality and price.  I had a professional painter paint the upstairs of the other house and he used McCormick paint.  They all looked the same to me.  🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve always used Behr paint and I love it. I recently used many colors of Valspar at a volunteer event, and every color didn’t seem as nice as the Behr. I think if you can afford it go with Bejamin Moore or Sherwin Williams paint….but I don’t know if I could tell a difference.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We use Behr and love it. We just painted the nursery using two colors from Behr and even though they are no VOC the paint went on beautifully and there were no issues with it. We have painted other rooms using it as well and always get compliments on it.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@cora_123:  I’ve got so many sample swatches on my walls its not funny.

We’re using Mythic paint.  I heard about it on YoungHouseLove, and its a no VOC product.  Its a lot more expensive, but it’s been a great product for us.  The trouble is finding a store that carries it.  There are only 2 in our area, so we have to make sure we plan ahead when we need it.

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