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August 02, 2009

Rennovation/Redesign Series - Paint Brands

Are all paint brands created equal?
At this point in our home rennovation/home redesign series we had to decide what to do about paint. We had already removed ALL of the wallpaper which covered every wall in the house, removed all the glue and backing and washed down the walls, and spackled in every hole, so we were ready to put some color on the wall, right? Wrong.

We found out that most walls required primer, which would cover any stains or blemishes in the wall that the paint may not cover. Some of our walls were green around the outside, yellow in the inside and cream in the center. We didn't think regular paint would cover this medley of colors. So, after asking friends and family, and professionals at Walmart, Ace Hardware and Home Depot we decided on Kilz Original: an interior oil-base formula, is America’s number one selling stainblocking primer/sealer that tackles the toughest stains.

After the Kilz was applied, and it worked amazingly well at covering ever spot and stain, and we used two coats in some places, it was time to detemine the type of paint we should buy: the finish (eggshell, semi glossy, glossy etc), and we were advised that eggshell is the best type of paint finish for walls because it helps to hide minor imperfections and is also easy to wipe down.
Next was determining the brand. In this area we had a LOT of input, so we decided to try out two different Brands: Glidden & Benjamin Moore.

The representatives at Glidden were nice enough to let me know about a special promotion they were running in early August where they were giving away a free quart of Glidden paint to anyone. The special ran for 4 days I believe, and I took full advantage of this oppurtunity. I ordered Creamy Buttermilk from Glidden and tried it out on the Dining Room, seen below (note: The blue is tape to keep paint off the molding):

Overall I was pleased with Glidden's paint quality. The advantages was that it was Free, always a plus, and that they had a wide variety of premixed colors to choose from online. The disadvantage was that it wasn't a thick paint, and tended to drip a bit and went on thinner, which is why we ended up needing 2 full coats.

We also tried Benjamin Moore paint which was suggested by family members. We had heard that this brand works as a primer and paint all in one, but we did not test this, as all our walls were already primed. We purchased two colors and painted our Kitchen wall red, and our living room walls a blue/gray color (see below):

My opinion of Benjamin Moore paint is that it is much thicker than Glidden, and covers very well. The walls did not need a second coat, but we did one just to be on the safe side. The paint didn't have any odors that I recall, and I was very pleased with how the paint looked on our walls (and again, the blue is painter's tape)

So, from my experience, I would highly reccommend both Kilz Original Primer and Benjamin Moore eggshell finish paints. Glidden worked well enough, but I found it much easier to work with Benjamin Moore Paints.

We are just glad that our house is starting to resemble a home instead of a disaster area :)


  1. I got the free quart of glidden and was shocked by how bad the coverage was. At 6 coats, I gave up and went with my tried and true, Cabot. That stuff is easy to apply, levels itself out even when using a brush and you can do it all in one coat. I will have to give Benjamin Moore a try.

  2. We HATED Glidden. We painted my son's room in Behr which was good. Excellent coverage and made a clean stripe. Glidden was so thin that the stripe we tried to make with it came out pretty badly. Sherwin Williams and Valspar were both better, We'll never ever buy Glidden - so glad the one we tried was free!

  3. My Mom swears by Benjamin Moore paint. We've been using Valspar and Behr lately because it's what Lowe's and Home Depot carry, but she definitely prefers Benjamin Moore above anything else we've ever used!

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