Hey Friends! This is not a post I expected to write. Spectrum Paint is our favorite paint provider. We love their story, the family behind the business, as well as the unique services and specialty paints they offer up (which I've talked about here, here, and here.)
What I didn't think was a big deal was the "normal," everyday wall paints. My thoughts were "I will buy wall paint from Spectrum because I like them, not because I think Benjamin Moore paint is better than say, Home Depot's Behr paint. To me, paint was paint. Yes, that's what I thought until I used this. . .
So here's how it all went down. For the past year or so, I've had other people paint walls for me. It saves me time and the client money to have an assistant of mine paint rather than charging my hourly rate to do something that doesn't require a whole lot of design skill. So, I haven't personally painted a wall in a long time. When it came time to start transforming Anthony's Man/Media Room, I made my regular calls to see if anyone was available to help me out. Everyone was busy this time around and because I am super impatient and didn't want to wait for schedules to open up, I decided I would go ahead and paint the space myself.
I called up Spectrum and said, "I am going from a beige to a dark, dark gray and I want a paint that will allow me to do as few coats as possible. To me, saving time is more important than saving money on the actual paint. What would you suggest?" The sales associate recommended the "Aura" line by Benjamin Morre. So I placed my order, went to pick up the paint, and headed to Anthony's house.
You can see in these "before" pictures below how light the beige was that would be covering. . .
The color I was transitioning to was Benjamin Moore's Graphite.
The difference in those two colors is pretty vast and I was expecting that at least two coats would be needed.
As soon as I started putting paint on the wall, I could feel the difference in quality from paint that I had previously used. The Aura went on so smoothly. . . it was extra creamy or something. It's super hard to describe how the paint felt different, but it was. Like I said, I never expected to write this post but after my experience with the paint, I thought you guys should know about it as well! I am happy to report, I only had to do one coat to completely cover the beige. One coat!!!! The time it saved me was totally worth the extra money I spent on the quality product. AND I only used two gallons to do the entire room, including the ceiling!!! That is some awesome coverage y'all!
Here's how the room looks now. . .
Of course it's still far from finished, but you can see how the Graphite gray will make for a much better media/man room backdrop!
If I saved even an hour of my time by buying the Aura rather than a lower quality paint, I recouped my costs. I am quite sure I saved much more than an hour. I estimate I saved at least 5 hours! Now, that's a good investment! :)As you can see, springing for the high quality stuff was totally worth it! Especially if your life leaves you strapped for time.
Are you interested in how the rest of Anthony's room is going to shape up? Here's the design board I put together for him. . .
It's going to be fun project!! 'Til tomorrow!
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