Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Paint in Progress

Isn't that pretty?

No, it's not my bathroom. It belongs to Sherry and John, from Young House Love. But it's the inspiration for what we're doing in our master bath. In fact, we decided to test out the white they used for the lighter stripes.

Now, you saw me mention a few posts back that I'm in love with Benjamin Moore. Since then I've heard several people extol the virtues of other brands. Hey, I figured, I can keep an open mind. I'll try it.

And so it was off to Lowes to pick up a gallon of Valspar's hi-def paint in Honeymilk.Was it cheaper than BM? Yes, but not drastically. Would I use it again? I can already say.... no.

After two days of painting, we're still not finished. And we've gone through an entire gallon. Let me point out that both our quite large master bedroom and our cavernous living room took less than two gallons of BM paint. I full expected that our small master bath would take maybe half a gallon. But seriously! Already used a gallon and have to go get more. The paint feels very thick and goopy, not smooth at all. Cutting in is difficult and frustrating. And the coverage is uneven, at best.

Hopefully we can finish up with another quart and then the stripes well help cover up the imperfections. No more Valspar paint for me, thanks.


  1. It's funny isn't it? My aunt owned a paint shop and I would always talk to her about the differences in paints. To me, it seems like it's made of the same stuff, so who cares?

    Do you think it makes a difference that it was "high-definition" paint?

  2. As I understand it, "high-definition" means that it has a primer in it and I do think that that helped. We were going from brown to white so needed full coverage. But I think that the consistency of paint (feeling like tar, not spreading well or covering evenly) is just plain old Valspar quality. Not to my taste. Who knew it could vary so much.

  3. And here I was going to get all super-de-dooper excited and envious of your bathroom pic. :)

    Thanks for your review of Valspar!

  4. This makes me want to paint! I LOVE the stripes. It looks so fresh! Ugh...if only we didn't live in an apartment!