I’ll admit it, I’m a paint snob. I don’t like using cheap paint and I have favorite brands. I enjoy painting, it’s easy mindless work that I find rewarding. Adding color to a room through paint is one of the easiest ways to drastically change the way a room looks and feels. It’s also one of the few remodeling tasks I really don’t mind doing myself.
I hate working with cheap paint, it smells bad, it’s runny and you end up working twice as hard to get the same look. I believe in using nice paint, I think it lasts longer and more importantly it goes on easier. Nicer paint is thicker and adheres to the wall better. When painting a friends house we tried a bucket of Costco paint (once upon a time Costco in Tukwilla sold paint). It was terrible, it would actually run down the walls and we’d have to quickly roll out the drips.
My favorite paint is Devine Color. The paint is thick, doesn’t smell and comes in a great set of colors. It’s also a Zero-VOC paint. The downside: it’s expensive, last time I bought some it was $54 a gallon. They’re also the only company I know of that charges for the color samples. That’s right, they charge $35 for the sample kit, but instead of getting printed samples, you get actual samples of dried paint arranged in color palettes that all match.
When it comes to ceilings, I’m a big fan of Benjamin Moore Muresco Ceiling White. It sounds silly but it makes a difference. The BM Ceiling White is a very flat white that makes the room look bigger and gives the room a nice character. The Ceiling White is a Low VOC paint at less than 50 grams per liter (the max to be “Low VOC” is 250 g/L).
VOC or Volatile Organic Compounds are a family of chemicals that give off fumes which can lead to unpleasant things. I’m not an expert, nor do I pretend to be but you can learn more here: http://greenliving.about.com/od/greenathome/a/voc_paint.htm
The walls of my house are mostly Divine Sand with Divine Green Tea as an accent. The bedrooms are a mix of Divine Buffalo and Divine Siamese. I don’t like white walls so I don’t have any.
I’m a firm believer in a coat of primer and two coats of top coat. Ceilings, walls, trim, doesn’t matter. Everything gets a coat of primer and two coats of paint. Primer is something I don’t care a whole lot about, I generally use one of the nicer grades at the big box stores. Primer is an undercoat that ensures the top coat (the color) adheres well to the wall. Primer also helps hide the color that’s already on the wall.
I’ll talk about how I paint in a later post. The way I see it, I’m saving so much money by doing the painting myself that I’ll happily spend more on supplies if it makes my life easier or the project go faster.