I needed a tin of white emulsion but didn't want to spend much money and as B & Q's value white matt emulsion paint cost £5.98 for 5 litres I opted for that one. The tub is a bit different to the above, it's dark grey and orange now. Still the same style though, plastic with a plastic lid that peels up around the edges to remove. This is so much easier than a plastic/metal tin that has a plastic/ metal lid that you have to lever up with a screw driver- this very morning I've been in a right state with one of those...... Emulsion paint is for interior decorating and this is suitable for walls and ceilings. I always opt for matt as it suits the house better, plus I've got uneven walls which silk paint exaggerates. Of course the down side with using matt is that it doesn't wash as well as silk, however I do wash grubby areas and find matt does clean up okay. B & Q advices to make sure you have good ventilation during application and drying and avoid contact with skin and eyes. I sometimes end up with more paint on myself than the walls but as long as I wash it off before it dries it comes off. The paint can be used with a brush, roller or paint pad. These are to be washed in warm water- I can vouch that brushes do indeed clean up with just warm water. In between coats though I wrap the brushes in cling film, they last days like this without the paint drying and hardening the bristles. This 5 litre tub has a wall coverage of 12m² per litre. It's drying time is touch dry in 2 to 4 hours, I would say that is correct. You can recoat after 4 hours, I've recoated after 2. Is it any good? The consistency of the paint is thick, I was expecting it to be a lot thinner than it is- so a good start. I'm pleased with the white colour too. It has a mild paint smell which doesn't really smell whilst using or while it's drying. After a stir I was ready to start. My walls are rough plaster which makes life difficult however the texture of the paint is smooth making it easy to glide over the walls. The paint doesn't drip. The boys room I'm painting is white with black 'tyre' tracks that I made using a sponge which I cut squares out of, then went around the walls to make it look like a motor bike had rode everywhere. The white I'm covering has done so really well, I've only needed to apply one coat- even the condensation mould patches have been covered up. However the black painted areas have had atleast two coats and are still visible, it's going to need another couple of coats. I have found it okay but that's dependent on what colour I'm painting over. Once dried it leaves a flat non chalky looking matt finish. No shine at all but it's certainly not dull. My walls look bright white and clean. The tub has lasted the whole room plus parts of the ceiling (12ftx 12ft) but with only one coat. With the walls being textured I tend to use much more paint than when I paint a flat wall so technically it's two coats. There are quite a few really bad reviews on the B & Q website, but it's good for covering white walls. 4 STARS from me because of the price, texture, light smell and white wall coverage.
When I moved into my house the whole house was painted in a matt white. I have repainted the living room but left the rest of the house white as it suits certain rooms like the bedrooms as it means I can change my bedding etc without worrying about it matching the walls. There were various scuffs on the walls and marks which really bothered me and it got worse after the removal men caught walls with my furniture. At the time I was on a tight budget and I only wanted something to quickly touch up the walls. Browsing B&Q I cam across a huge tube of this paint for just £5.98. The paint comes in a 5L container which when you consider the price is a bargain. The packaging is different to the one on the picture now. What you get is a large tub with a grey lid and handle but the main paint container itself is orange. The word value has also been removed off the packaging. The first thing I noticed when I picked this up off the shelf was how flimsy the container felt. The handle didn't feel strong enough to support a full container of this paint. I would normally use Dulux but it is so expensive and I thought you can't go wrong with white paint. I didn't let the packaging put me off and I supported the container from underneath. The paint states that it can be used indoors for walls and ceilings. You can apply it using a brush, pad or roller. The paint should be touch dry in 2-4 hours and you can apply a second coat after 4 hours. There are the usual warnings you get on emulsion paint advising you to ventilate the room well although the container also states that the paint has a low VOC level. The paint should cover 12 metres squared per litre. I used this paint in a tray and using a roller I always find with a roller I get better coverage as every paint pad I have tried seems to absorb a load of paint. I used this to touch up my landing, kitchen, two bedrooms and the ceilings in each of those rooms I ended up needing two containers. I poured the paint into a tray and I didn't notice any odour. The paint went onto the walls well and covered any scuffs with ease. I only needed one coat as my walls had already been painted with a Dulux trade paint which had done a good job. The paint had a good consistency and it didn't flick when I was using the roller. I have tried another make value paint in the past and it was so watery that it ended up flicking little flecks all over which meant I was coated in paint. When the paint went on it was a little off white in colour and this did concern me but as it dried it was a nice bright white. After painting with this I could clearly see a difference, the walls looked a lot fresher and brighter. It gave an even finish and I found it dried in about an hour. The paint gave a lovely matt finish which I have found can be wiped clean if something gets on it as long as you are quick to wipe it. I have to be honest that having used Dulux paints previously which I have always considered to be the best I can't really see that much difference. This paint has similar ingredients looking at the container and apart from the packaging being flimsy it is a pretty good product. After using the paint I washed the roller and the small brush I had used in warm water and used a bit of Fairy liquid the paint washed off easily and it took me about 5 minutes to clean everything. I had some on my hands and arms which again washed off easily. The container does say to avoid contact with the skin but as the paint is water based I certainly had no adverse reaction. I would certainly buy this again, one thing I begrudge spending a lot of money on is decor, whilst I like my house to look immaculate spending £20+ on a tin of paint is not at the top of my list so I would certainly recommend this product. I would give the 4 stars I have deducted one for the packaging but then you can't have it all.
Recently I have been spending a lot of my time undergoing a home project. I am currently not working so it has been the best time for us to focus on our new family home and the work that needed to be done to make it habitable to my exacting standards! We have had a number of plastering jobs done despite the property not being particularly old due to cracking and problems which far exceed those you would expect from a newish property. Because of this I have been trying to spend my days getting DIY equipment and other things ready and working on our new home one room at a time. As it has been priority to get work done the actual decoration hasn't been something that I had thought about particularly much, and my husband has no real opinion as long as there was no pink or garish colours. As I have been trying to get our home finished, partially at least, for a friend to move in to one of our spare rooms I set about painting a bathroom, a bedroom, the hallway and living room areas. Now not all of these rooms had new plastering but the living room had a nasty wallpaper and when I stripped it back I found patches of a nasty paintwork that had been peeled and generally looked horrible. I had to sand the wall in parts and there were two small patches I filled also. Once the walls were ready for painting I used this B&Q Value matt emulsion in the living room, which my father-in-law gave me from his shed, unopened too! Now I didn't have to pay for this but 10 litres will set you back about £15 at the moment although I could only see this in store recently and perhaps I searched wrong but I couldn't find it on their website. Now I am not planning on keeping rooms in my new home white for long but I wanted it to look clean and fresh when my friend moved in as while we have moved some furniture and items there it hasn't been very homely looking. At least with white paint I can sort the walls out, paint them white and then whether I want to wallpaper some rooms or paint them I have a nice base and walls that are prepared and ready for whatever I choose eventually long term. When it came to applying this paint I used a roller on the walls, apart from the cutting in. The ceilings were decent enough in appearance already, being fairly newly painted, and the walls probably could have been left if I wasn't such a perfectionist. Of course I had to pry the lid off this paint, as I have with all paint I've used, and then I poured an ample amount in to my roller tray. I used a non-drip Harris roller mainly, which did splatter a little, but because this was matt I was able to get it out of my hair quite easily, well, compared to silk anyway! When pouring out this paint it looked like any other matt white that I have seen before, which is only Dulux I think, and I couldn't see any problems with it. I used a small piece of wood to stir the paint each time I used it, to ensure that there were no lumps and everything was even and fine with the paint. This paint went on with ease, the rollers that I used, two different ones, allowed me to spread the paint on to my living room walls with ease. The paint applied reasonably thick and once it started to dry the colour looked even across the walls and there were no visible roller marks and in the one area there was some excess I was able to put a little extra paint on the walls in this area. Overall I was really impressed with this paint. There were two small marks on the wall, just some dirt really I guess, and these were covered up with ease and they were not noticeable, even after just one coat of this paint. Now it is worth me mentioning that my walls, some of which were newly plastered, had been treated also by our plasterer to avoid the plaster from marking fresh paint. This meant that just two coats were required to make our walls look perfectly white. I found that two coats were needed to give the colour depth that I wanted but that is just because I am a perfectionist and felt that I could see a slight dark hue from the plaster, which my husband claimed was in my mind! This matt paint is just that, matt, but it has a slight shimmer to it while drying, that made it simple to see where I had applied it already upon applying my second coat. Between the two coats I left approximately 8 hours but really the wall was dry within two hours, maybe one and a half, so I could have done the coats much quicker than I did if I wanted to. With regards to the smell of this paint I left the lounge doors open throughout the day and right up until about midnight, with the lights off to prevent bugs from coming in and then in the morning I did the same until the end of the following day and then the smell had dispersed completely. Overall I am really pleased with this matt emulsion paint. The white is white, not off white or any of that rubbish. My walls look clean, fresh and welcoming and I am able to just paint over this when I want to. The price is reasonable, for the quality, and it has served its purpose very well for me! I am rating this paint 5/5 stars for me, it worked very well, covered up a couple of marks of dirt and best of all it has made the living room in my new home look fresh, clean and welcoming ready for moving day!
I have been refurbishing my house for a while now but it is only recently that I got around to redecorating as there were so many other jobs to do with the structure of the house which took priority over painting and wallpapering. Obviously it has been a while since I have had to buy any paint and I was horrified with just how much it actually cost in the DIY shops. After spending a small fortune buying paint for my walls I was absolutely loathe to spend the premium that brands such as Crown and Dulux charge as I had already paid this to buy my wall paints. I didn't want to cut corners after having spent so much money doing the house up for it to look bad just as I was coming to the home run but my thoughts were white is white at the end of the day and as it was an own brand by such a big supplier I thought that it must be decent or else they wouldn't be selling it. The emulsion was cheap especially compared to other brands and I managed to get a huge 10 litre pot of it for only £16.98 which I thought would be large enough to do my entire (fairly small) house and the price was incentive enough for me to buy it and give it a go. I thought that if it was useless then at least it would work as a good undercoat and I could buy a smaller tub of branded emulsion to just go over the bits that weren't looking as good as they could have been. Painting ceilings is a shop that I absolutely detest and so I put it off for ages before finally deciding that I could procrastinate no longer. I got all my equipment such as brushes and my roller and got to work. The first thing which I noticed immediately was that this wasn't quite as thick and luxurious looking as the Dulux stuff that I had got to cover my walls but as the Dulux stuff was all slightly covered and this was just a brilliant white going over a white I hoped that this wouldn't mean that it was going to take several coats to do the ceilings. I loaded up my tray and got to work with my roller. As anyone who has decorated before knows when you repaint your ceilings when they haven't been done in a while the difference is amazing. Although they looked white to me before I started painting I immediately could notice the colour difference between this and the stuff that was up. The ceiling obviously hadn't been painted in a long time and had a yellowish tinge to it. After only rollering for about 5 minutes the difference was plain to see. I have to say that I was quite impressed with this as to begin with I was sceptical as to how well it would work. This covered up dirt and grime that had been up God knows how long and it made a huge difference in the rooms. I had been worried that I might have had to give the ceilings two coats each but I managed to get away with only one on each of them with only a little bit of touching up needed with a brush here and there. Another thing that I really liked about this emulsion is that although it is supposed to be a matt brilliant white it does have a slight sheen to it which isn't too noticeable unless you really look but it is definitely there and I think it makes a big difference with hiding any little imperfections as the light sort of bounces off it and fools the eye into not noticing them. I was also quite impressed with the drying time of this and I found that it was touch dry within an hour or so when using the roller. When touching up with the brush it did take a little bit longer to dry but it was never more than a couple of hours for the bits where I started painting to be dry. It also didn't smell too badly and although I always made sure to keep the windows open while using it when it was dry it just left a slight smell behind which I actually quite like and it definitely wasn't over powering or pongy. I think this emulsion was an absolute bargain when you compare it to the price of some others and it would be ideal for someone who has a lot of painting to do. It can be used on both walls and ceilings and although it doesn't look as thick as some others I think it does the job just as well and I wouldn't hesitate in buying it again next time I have some redecorating to do.
I'm always on the lookout for a bargain, but as a general rule I tend to buy branded paints because I've had experiences in the past where I've ended up using twice as much paint and twice as much time to cover an area that branded paint would have dealt with in no time. This means you don't actually end up making a saving and have a lot more hassle. I bought a large container of B&Q value matt emulsion because my partner and I are renovating a house and we always need white paint for ceilings, undercoats etc. I compared this product to the branded varieties and it was about £5 - £10 cheaper than the branded ones (it cost £10 for a huge tub compared to £10 - £15 for the branded varieties). At the time I made the mistake of thinking you can't really go wrong with white matt emulsion, so thought I'd save myself a few pennies by buying this one. I got it home and the first job was to finish painting the ceiling in the hall. This was when I realised I had made a big mistake buying this paint. I had started the ceiling hall with a branded paint (Crown I think), and as soon as I continued with the B&Q paint you could tell the difference in quality. The B&Q paint was thin and watery, and I had to cover our newly sanded and varnished floor from inch to inch to make sure none dripped onto the floorboards. It was messy, and as soon as it was on the ceiling it just sunk right in so you could hardly tell it had been painted. My heart sank as I realised that instead of one coat I would be doing at least two, if not three with this paint. It does cover eventually, but if you've got a lot of wall/area to cover you really will thank yourself for spending a little more on the branded stuff. The one use I have found for this paint is after we've had rooms plastered and they need 'sealing' or whatever the term is. You are supposed to use a watered down white emulsion for this, so the B&Q paint did save us money for this job. As a paint for proper rooms though, I will remember this heart-sinking experience and will not purchase it again.
Eight years ago my partner and I bought a house and decided to completely redecorate it before we moved in. All the ceilings needed painting and we spent hours in B & Q buying paint, rollers, brushes and other parafanalia to use on ceilings and walls and came away with several pots of this B & Q Value Matt Emulsion. It costs £9.98 for a 10 litre pot so is very cheap compared with other brands. At the time I remember having no problems with it and all the ceilings came out fine with a couple of coats and I also used it on the walls in one room which still look bright white now after eight years. We had the majority of one pot left and this got tucked away in the attic and forgotten about until recently. This year my partner and I have split up and the house we bought together is going back on the market so I've found myself dragging out all the bits of paint we had left from the first time and walking around the rooms writing a list of things that need doing before we sell. One of those things was the bathroom ceiling. As this paint isn't a bathroom one and isn't waterproof the ceiling had areas where the paint had thinned and left patches so this weekend just gone I decided to see if the Value Matt Emulsion had survived the eight years in the attic. The tub nowadays for this product doesn't have the red background anymore so if you go to B & Q in search of this don't be looking for red. It is now a mostly white tub and is still at the same price of £9.98 for a 10 litre tub and £5.98 for a 5 litre tub. I notice there are mixed reviews about this paint and I think it depends on what you expect from it. It won't do the job with just one coat and does take a couple and isn't shiny at all as it's matte. So armed with rollers, brushes, paper for the floor and an extender for the roller handle I opened the tub not knowing if it would be ok after all that time. The lid is plastic so easy to prise off with no tools and there's a handle so you can carry this around but the large tubs are pretty heavy so you won't want to carry it far! The paint in our tub had separated a bit and had a watery layer over the white paint and had also developed a skin in places on the top so I removed the skin then gave it a thorough stir. Amazingly it all came together like new so it can be stored for a long period of time as long as the lid is securely on. I poured some into the roller tray then did the edges of the ceiling (I hate this bit, I like the roller work where big results happen fast!) and the paint went on fine, it takes me a while to do the edging and the paint didn't separate again while I was crawling through this task. Then onto the roller part. The paint went onto the roller no problem and the first few strokes across the ceiling showed me just how dingy it had really got against this bright white paint. Our bathroom isn't very large so the rolling process only took me about half an hour and I could clearly see a patch I'd missed because it stood out near the new paint. I applied two coats in total and was left with a lovely bright, matte effect ceiling. The best way to see how it looks though is in daylight. I've been back into the bathroom this morning examining the paint and it looks good, a very fresh white ceiling with no patchiness and no missed areas. I'm very pleased with it and really don't think this paint performs any worse than other brands despite the fact I've seen a few reviews from people who weren't happy with it. I've never used an emulsion that didn't require 2 coats and I've tried several brands out including one that stated it needed only one coat but didn't. Perhaps that's the issue with other people and this paint? I personally found it covered the ceiling well and there's no trace of the dinginess I could see before. As it's emulsion the roller and brushes needed just water to clean them and that went ok too. My lad (cat) came to help and managed to get a white stripe down his side which I washed out with baby shampoo and water and can confirm it came out of my boy's fur ok too! This paint is what I used first time around and it lasted years before any sign of wear was evident, bathroom ceilings are going to look patchy quicker than other rooms because of the steam in them and yet this still looked fine until recently. I have no doubt this time around it will last as well despite the fact I won't be living here to see it so I've got nothing bad to say about this paint. It's cheap, does the job well, lasts years when stored as long as the lid is on and is readily available at B & Q. What more could you want from an emulsion?
I am in the middle of moving house at the minute. This has got to be the most stressful time of my life so far. I live in a council property so the house move came as a sudden shock and I have been given 2 days to move into the property. I am not able to move in because I am heavly pregnant and can not be in the paint fumes so I am living at the mother in laws at the minute. I bought this paint because I didn't have alot of money at such short notice and it was a very big 10 litre pot of white emulsion for £10 I also invested in the magnolia of the same brand and size. This did seem good value for money. We have had to paint the ceilings upstairs twice and they were in quite good condition to start, the downstairs I have had to invest in a much thicker paint because it just wont cover the stains. However if you are using this paint on lining paper it is great and covers very well. It doesn't take long to dry 2 hours at the most. It is very good value for money and even if you have to do two coats in every room you should still have plently left after. I found this good value for money and it saved alot of expense for me because it did most of the rooms. I found that it is not so good on very stained ceilings but is brilliant on lining paper. I would suggest anyone who is moving house and just needs something up quickly just to make the house look clean and is also struggling financially like most of us are these days, then invest in this you may have a bit more work but financially it is worth it.
B&Q value emulsion matt paint is definatley value for money in terms of the quantity of paint you get for the price of the tub but it does not cover well. We used this when we decorated our livingroom last and thought it was great value for money especially after we had painted the ceiling and it seemed to have covered very well despite being watery but this was in artificial light late on the evening. When we got up the next morning and looked at the ceiling it was a right mess. The paint hadnt coverd well at all despite it only having been 12 months since we painted it last. The paint was very patchy and needed a second coat, after applying the second coat it did look a lot better but to achieve a perfect finish you will need 3 coats. 3 coats of this paint are needed instead of 1 coat of decent paint so unless it it 3 times cheaper than the other paint dont bother buying it.