(Closed) Paint people, get in here! Please.

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lovekiss:  The last part of your question has exactly what I was going to say – it’s really only worth it for darker colors.  The quality of paint has a lot to do with the amount of pigment in it, so for a dark color, I’d say yes, go for it.  For the lighter colors, it’s really unnecessary, unless you just really want to spend the money. FWIW, I’m an interior designer and graduated with a BFA with a concentration in painting.  I love me some paint, lol, but $85+ for a gallon is painful.  Benjamin Moore is fabulous paint – I use it all the time.  Also, Ralph Lauren paint is awesome for darker colors, especially reds.  

Hope this helped!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m a fan of Benjamin Moore… 85 a gallon for that seems steep unless its in a really rich dark color. Also factor in if this is going to be a permanant color scheme you want to keep or you’ll be switching it up in a few years.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

$85 a gallon? Eesh. Not worth it. When I worked at Menards, our best paint (Pittsburgh Paints Grand Distinctions–which is really damn good) was only $40 regular price, and it was almost always on sale for $30-35. A friend of mine HAD to have glitter paint for her shoe room and paid something absurd like $100 a gallon for it at Home Depot, when Menards could have done it for much cheaper.

I do realize that you don’t have a Menards in Maryland, though.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

So far in my house I have used Ben Moore, and Valspar. Frankly, while I LOVE the Bridesmaid or Best Man colors, we had to do two coats of both colors we used, while I have only ever had to do one with the Valspar. I thinkn it kind of just depends on the colors you are going for. I would never spend 85 bucks on a can of paint though.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think Ben Moore is really as high end as you need to go. I’ve never had anything but excellent results from their paint – and bad experiences with the cheap stuff!

Post # 10
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1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

For trim and things like that you can get away with a less expensive brand paint.  I would not go el-cheapo because then you will need to do more than one coat and it could chip easily (this comes from a bad experience we had with cheap paint).

Benjamin Moore is my favorite too.  I used to like Sherwin Williams but the last time we painted that’s the brand we used and I wasn’t happy with it.  It didn’t wash well at all.  It was their Harmony low VOC line so I’m not sure if that had something to do with it.

My BIL paints a lot (spare job) and he also really likes Pittsburgh Paints in addition to Bridesmaid or Best Man.  I don’t necessarily think you have to go as high end as F&B.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@lovekiss:  We bought an inventory home and the painters painted our dining room a very dark, rich plum color. The color we chose was from Valspar called Symphony but since they use Sherwin Williams they just color matched it based on the sample we gave them and it turned out beautiful. We get compliments on it constantly and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the depth and richness of the color. Another thing to keep in mind is that some paint companies offer free paint color consultation as long as you agree to use their paint. My parents used Benjamin Moore and the color recommendations were amazing and their house looks great. So if you do end up spending $85 a gallon you might want to ask about a free consultation.

Post # 12
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1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sorry, I’m no help! I like Benjamin Moore a lot, as well as Pratt & Lambert. I would say they are definitely worth it over the brands available at Lowes/Home Depot, but I have no idea how they compare to Farrow and Ball or C2. I’m not familiar with those brands. $85 per gallon seems really painful though! We used Bridesmaid or Best Man to paint kitchen cabinets white and they turned out great. We did a test first with cheaper paint and it was a disaster… so I think a higher end paint is necessary for woodwork and darker colors, but I don’t know whether those brands you mentioned are significantly better than others in the Bridesmaid or Best Man range.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve had good experiences with Sherwin Williams and Valspar.  I don’t think I could ever justify spending $85 a can on paint though – I really don’t think it can truely be that much better to be worth costing so much more.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lovekiss:  You won’t be able to tell the difference with the lighter BenMoore up against the darker F&B as far as quality.  I wouldn’t worry about that at all!  Your color scheme sounds lovely!

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