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Have been waiting for Autumn to start a few inside jobs, high on my "to do" list was to repaint our lounge. When we finished the extension and renovation, I was the end of a long year of hard work and my attention to detail was sadly lacking and I had painted this room bright yellow (Egyptian sands - Crown) which wasn't quite the colour I had in my head but as it was do a room and move straight to the next, both money and time meant it remained. So with this in mind 2 years on, I have been eyeing up colours for my lounge for months. A local pub / restaurant we visited for a birthday treat had a beautiful sage green on the walls and I knew that was the colour I wanted. A friend lent us loads of green sample pots (which I think retail for around £1-1.50 each) and the Dulux Crushed Aloe was perfect. We have a super store B and Q locally which surprising didn't stock, marked as discontinued. Disappointed so decided to do a quick internet search, that showed that our local Home base Focus did stock at £19.99 for 2.5l. An added bonus was the buy 1 get 1 half price deal, so I bought 2x 2.5l for just pence under £30. Another added bonus was I was able to use up my Nectar points (earned by doing Ad points). So I am off and painting, with a cheap roller and a small paint brush for cutting in. The paint looked much darker when applied but dried to the correct colour very quickly. It went on very easily and I think if my previous paint hadn't been such a bright colour I would have got away with one coat. Unfortunately 2 coats was required. I used a full tin and 1/3 of the other for a room just under 4 x 4 ft. The tin tells me that it will be touch dry within 2 hours and I can recoat after 4 hours. The first coat probably took me 2 hours to apply, the second just over an hour. My husband is an electrician so all my light fittings and sockets are in a position for me to get under without painting them by accident. There are many dulux paint options, breath easy, matt, silk, bathroom versions etc. I chose the Silk as my walls being relatively newly plastered, are perfect and therefore I do not need matt to avoid imperfections showing up. I also find that quality paint means I can wipe the walls without damaging the paintwork (I have 3 children!) On a personal level, I am delighted with the colour, its not the cheapest paint I could have bought however the quality appears very good and my past experience of dulux paint is that it wipes clean and looks good consistently. I am scoring 4 stars as I am very pleased with the effect and quality but is expensive.
Decorating young Gingers room, Mrs Ginger insisted on Dulux because to quote her, "It goes on better, gives good coverage and lasts longer, even though it costs more..." I could leave the review there because that is all true, but why not tell you more! I was dubious - I have always tried to use B&Q or other own brand paint in the past, reasoning that paint is paint is paint... you are only going to wipe it on the wall and will probably not notice it until it peels off and you need to do it again some years later. However, B&Q were doing 3 for 2 and Mrs. Ginger caught me at a weak moment, so we got it. When it came to putting it on, well she was right: Applies really well - gave good coverage over some other horrible colour and when dry felt really sound - almost "plasticised". One thing that was really good was the drying time - even though it wasn't a hot day (when is it in Blighty!) we were able to get 2 coats on in a morning. Can't comment on durability yet, but the finish over 4 big walls looks brilliant BIG PLUS - washes out of rollers and brushes easily - important when you have a cold beer reward waiting!! Go on, get posh - Buy Dulux next time!!
My husband and I recently decided to repaint our spare bedroom ready to be turned into a nursery. We had a long discussion about what colours to go for, my husband is quite a perfectionist and once he has done a job he doesn't want to have to repeat it soon after so we had to agree on a colour scheme that could be kept no matter what the sex of the baby and that can grow with the baby as it becomes older. We bought Dulux silk paint and although I am pleased with the finished effect it wasn't the best experience of painting we have had. Choosing paint When we have painted before we have known exactly what we have wanted and have gone into a shop, bought the paint and then began the job but on this occasion we stood in B&Q staring at all the options and found it really hard to decide. We had chosen the idea of something neutral but not just very obvious for a nursery like lemon or green so we wanted a more grown up colour like grey or brown which we could use an accent colour against with accessories to make it look more like a nursery. I didn't realise there would be so many options! As well as the cans of paint with different shades of grey and brown there were also colour charts and leaflets with which we could select our very own specific shade to be made up and on top of that options of different variations of paint- silk, matt, fast drying and so forth! It was a bit overwhelming actually, I don't know what paint works best and my husband being a perfectionist needed answers so we got help and the shop assistant was really helpful. He recommended that we use silk paint rather than mat because it is easier to wipe clean without taking paint away so if any finger prints get on it then it's easier to maintain. We eventually chose a shade of brown called malted chocolate. This is a lovely light brown with a hint of grey in it so it's not too dark for the room and is quite a warm colour. We just bought the one can as it was just for 2 walls. We went for Dulux because it was the shade we liked and no other reason. Painting Before painting we obviously prepped the room first by removing all furniture and covering the carpet. We had bought new brushes, rollers and trays and were all prepared and eager to go! The current wall just had white emulsion on so it was a good surface to paint on to. My husband took the lid off using a flat headed screwdriver and then tipped some paint into the roller trays. The tin is really heavy so he had to do this carefully and slowly to make sure not too much paint came out at once. It was a really thick paint, thicker than I had expected but the colour was lovely, although looked slightly lighter once out of the tin. We used rollers to put it on the wall and it went on nicely but we noticed it left quite a few raised bits we weren't sure if this was because of the thickness of the paint, we had put too much paint on the roller or if the roller itself had caused this effect. This meant we had to roll over the paint many times to get it to flatten out and this meant it spread quite far but we were worried that it would dry leaving raised bobbles and we didn't want that, we wanted more of a smooth finish. We used a paint brush around the edges and around the switches to make sure it was neat and this gave a different effect, almost like brush marks and with my husband being a perfectionist he was faffing around for a while to try to make it blend in with the other parts. We stood back and looked at it and it looked awful! Really blotchy in some places with lots of marks in. We decided this was normal and we would wait until the next day to give it a second coat and that should make it all look even. I really hoped he was right as it looked awful. The smell of the paint wasn't too strong and it did seem to dry quite quickly,we felt it after a few hours and it seemed to have dried but we still left it over night just in case. The next day we had to buy more paint as we had just under a third left. We applied another layer of paint and luckily it did seem to cover up the blemishes, it didn't have blotches everywhere which was a huge relief! Cleaning up Trying to get paint out of brushes and rollers is not an easy or fun job! I had no idea it would be so hard! I thought a quick rinse under the tap and it would be clean but no! It took me a good twenty minutes to clean them and considering they weren't the most expensive brushes in the world I did debate just throwing them away but my husband ever the perfectionist said we should clean them. The paint does need to be removed from the brushes and rollers if you intend to reuse them, if you don't remove it properly then dried bits of paint can fall into your fresh paint leaving a very undesirable finish to your wall. It can also make the bristles hard which will not be easy to paint with and will leave big streaks on the wall so cleaning them properly is important. I found using fast running warm water and splaying the bristles of the brush out was most effective and with the roller lots of squeezing and shaking of it! If you know of a faster more efficient way then please do let me know! Ta da! We waited for the paint to dry properly before we stood back and looked at it. We left it a couple of hours and then took a look at our handy work, I was really pleased! I had been really worried that the paint texture would be all wrong, I'd worried it would be really shiny with it being called silk and that the texture we had noticed whilst rolling would really show through but it wasn't either of them. Although it was more shiny than our mat wall before it wasn't hugely noticeable, just a little, subtle bit which was nice. The texture from the rollers couldn't be seen but if you ran your fingers along it and really concentrated then you could feel slightly raised bits but only very, very small ones and it isn't noticable to the eye so I don't mind. The areas around the plug sockets you can tell a brush was used but only if you look very, very closely which I doubt anyone ever will! When you take in the walls as a whole they look really nice, you can't see these tiny imperfections and the finished effect is a really nice one. It's a lovely light brown which has a nice warming feel to it. It's will look lovely once we add some soft furnishings so it brightens it up a bit but even though it is a brown it isn't a dark colour, it's very light and I must say I am quite surprised but very pleased. I do like the finished result. Conclusion This was my first attempt at painting and although I found it quite stressful choosing the right colours and worrying about the textured effect on the wall I did really enjoy it! The paint itself has a lovely finish to it and the shade is nice, it did look lighter out of the tin than in it but it dried very, very similarly to that in the sample so that was good I have heard of people who buy paint and it looks nothing like they expected when they get it on the wall! It was easy enough to apply although because it was so thick it did bobble up a bit and needed a lot of rolling to lie flat and spread out. I haven't got anything to compare it to but I think it has a good finish. It did need two coats despite only going over a white wall but this was fine for us to do seeing as we had the time to do it. It seemed to dry quite fast too. I'm going to knock one star off for the bobbling effect it gave us at first but aside from that I am really happy with it and think we will buy this brand again. It cost us just under £20 for one tin.
For years I have argued with my husband that with paint - you do get what you pay for. Better paints give better coverage, and last longer. But being female, I couldn't possibly know - despite the fact that I did as much painting as he did in our early years together. He always insisted on using the cheapest paint he could find - and he usually ended up with several coats. However, when the time came to repaint my son's room last year, even he was dreading the number he would end up having to go over the walls. When my son was very little, he loved Pingu. So we had painted the top half of his walls with huge Pingu murals. Obviously, Pingu is mostly black, but we hadn't been able to find any black silk emulsion, so we had used black gloss paint. We knew it would be a nightmare to paint over - but it seemed like a long time away at the time. In all honesty, I'd have been happy to keep Pingu up forever, but by age 7 - my sons was far too old for Pingu and Pingu had to go. I was able to find some Dulux at the time on special offer so it was only slightly more expensive than our usual B & Q paints. We bought 2 buckets each of Putting Green and Cookie Dough. Each bucket was 2.5 litres. We bought so much paint because we expected to have to go over the walls several times, and we were using the paint for other items in the room as well and to create a camouflage pattern for the border. Now my husband has a theory that by going to great lengths to get as thin a coat of paint possible it will save money in the long run - despite the fact that he usually needs at least 4 coats to cover anything. Apparently he did use slightly more paint with this, as he said it brushed on so smoothly and easily, with no drips and very little effort. But we were still shocked that after one coat - the Pingu murals were almost invisible. Only by getting a very bright light and the angle just right could you barely make out even the slightest difference where the gloss paint lay underneath, and this was more a difference of texture than colour. He decided on a second quick coat anyway and it would not be impossible to guess where the Pingus have been covered up. In addition, after a year with two little boys playing in the room, plenty of black footprints and various other messes scrubbed from the walls - they still look like they were painted yesterday. I've found marks wipe of easily and this paint is incredibly durable. After having painting my sons room and furniture -- we found we had used less than one bucket of both colours - so it seems I will soon be having my room painted in military colours as well! Seeing how easy it was to use these paints, my husband ran out and bought more paints for other rooms in the house as well. He said this made painting so easy - he might as well do everything - but it has taken him a year to get to the next room. Our living room walls are in pretty rough shape under the paper, as the house was empty for many years before we moved in. The existing paper had been painted over too many times as well, so we ( or more accurately he as I did nothing) re papered the wall with a thick very absorbent textured paper which is meant to be painted over. Again - we really could have made do with one coat despite the fact that this paper drank paint, but he ended up putting on two. I'm completely sold on Dulux now. It takes my husband less than half the time other paints took and the finish really does look different. It looks thicker, smoother and more luxurious. But I don't even feel that we would be spending more money on this paint, even if we did buy the paint at full price. I feel that because this paint goes further, it saves money, and I have every reason to believe it will last much longer. We have never had paint look so fresh after a full year, and the fact that it is very easy to wash should make it last longer as well. I can't tell you how many times I have washed the paint off a wall trying to clean mold, dirt or general stains away. Of course being the skin flint that I am, I will still make every effort to look for a sale before buying this, but I do feel even at full price, this is still good value for money. In fact I feel that because this requires less paint and lasts longer it will worker out better value for money than the cheaper paint we had been using. Dulux usually sells for £19.99 for 2.5 litres. By contrast, B & Q Paints are only £13.99 but my bedroom took 3 - 4 coats of B & Q paint the last time it was painted depending on whether it was covering an almost identical colour or a darker one, and was already showing serious signs of wear after 1 year. Our hallway was painted 3 years ago and is an absolutely horrible condition. I believe if we had used Dulux the first time, neither would need repainting now.
==Overview== Having just completed our second iteration of painting rooms in our house, the time has come to review the paint we used. Dulux is a well known brand of paint which you can buy from all hardware stores, B&Q, Homebase etc. Compared to "own brands" it is around 20-25% more expensive to buy which can sometimes put you off buying it. Some people may head for it because it is a trusted brand, it may be more expensive because it is branded but in my opinion the quality is superior to that of B&Q and Homebase's own brand of paint. ==Silk Paint== Naiively wanting my house to look like a designer show-home, I decided matt paint was the way forward, I love the way matt paint looks on walls and I really feel it makes the room feel warmer and cosier so I painted most of the rooms and areas without much traffic with matt paint. MAJOR FAIL! Unlike silk paint, matt paint is completely unforgiving. The hall/stairs/landing and utility room that had been painted in silk paint still look as good today as they did two years ago as you can brush into them and the paint won't mark. If the paint does mark, you can generally wipe it off without bringing the colour out of the paint. We recently had to re-paint some of the matt walls as they were so badly scuffed and marks would not rub off. We re-painted with silk paint and haven't looked back since. I hasten to add my Mum did tell me about matt vs silk paint but being a typical daughter I decided I knew best....wrong! Mum's always know best :) Silk paint overall is slightly more expensive than matt paint, around 15% I would say as an approximate figure. B&Q and Homebase regularly do deals on Dulux silk paint in white and it comes in 2.5lt, 5lt, 10lt tubs. Out of all of the "colours" (apparently white isn't a colour according to the man in B&Q), the white is always the cheapest. However if you are thinking of painting soon all Dulux coloured emulsion 2.5lt tins is on 2 for £20 - this includes endurance, light&space and all the other usually expensive tins. A 2.5lt tin of white without an offer is around £13, a 2.5lt tin of coloured emulsion without an offer is around £20 usually. ==Overall== I haven't been disappointed with the quality of any of the Dulux silk paints that we have bought. I do think it is worth spending that extra to buy a decent brand of paint such as Crown or Dulux as the finish is so much better. The smell of the paint is barely there, gone are the days when the house would smell toxic after painting. I am a huge fan of Dulux paint and now a convert to silk paint. Goodbye Matt, a new guy is on my walls!
=== The product === Dulux silk paint is designed for walls & ceilings. This is available in 72 different colours and the one that I purchased was 'Lemon Pie' which was shown on the packaging as a medium shade of yellow. === The packaging === This paint comes provided in a strong plastic pot. The lid can be removed by poking something in one of the three little chip out sections and then run around the edge of the lid to lift it up and remove it. The lid is about 1 inch away from the actually edge of the pot to ensure that you can stir this easily without paint splashing out. === How to use this === Before using this product it is advisable to ensure that this is stirred thoroughly. If you are going to be using more than one pot then it is also advisable to either mix the paints together or to stop painting with one pot in the corner of a room before using the next pot. This is simple enough to achieve and I simply used a thick piece of wood that we received in a decorators kit in the past, I gave the paint a stir in the pot for a moment or two and once I was satisfied that the paint was mixed in I began to paint. My preferred paint method is to use a paint brush rather than a roller as I used a roller previously and while I liked it I found that it made a lot of mess in my bathroom and I ended up with paint spatters on my bath, sink and toilet as well as paint in my mouth, hair and in the keypad of my phone. I used four sizes of paintbrush to do my hall but obviously the type and size you use will be dependant on your room size and how quick you want to get the job done. I found that this was very easy to apply with a bristle paint brush. I purchased ones that promised to not lose bristles and therefore the results were quick and perfect first time. While it advised on the packaging that the walls would require two coats a minimum of four hours apart I only coated my walls once. They were beige to begin with and they were only plastered a year ago so no prep work was needed other than placing masking tape along the ceiling and skirting boards. One coat was enough for all areas of the wall and all I needed to do second coat wise was touch up a few small areas that I had missed when painting around the ceiling and skirting boards which I did with a very fine paint brush. === Where can I buy this & for how much? === This can be purchased from numerous places but I purchased mine in a 2.5 litre container from Wilkinsons for £13.00. I believe that this was a special offer which brought the price down from around £16.50 (August 2011). This offer is also available on the Wilkinsonplus.com website but it does not state on there what the full price was before. === Overall opinion === The quality of this paint was fantastic. I purchased a 2.5 litre tin and found that this was more than enough for painting my hall, probably because I only needed one coat. I did not even used half a tin of paint to coat all of the walls so there would have been enough for a second coat if my walls needed it and it means that I have plenty of spare paint for touching up mistakes in the future, also, I can now paint my two large hall cupboards the same colour and still have plenty of paint left over. The paint pot was easy to open, even by myself with a little brute force on a wooden paint stirring stick. It had a fantastic large rubber style handle. This was comfortable enough for me to hold and because of the brilliant design of the top of the paint can I was able to get up and down on a chair to reach the high bits without worrying about paint slopping out of the pot. The finish of this paint is very nice, it has finished with a silky kind of shine to it and this is serving the purpose of making my hallway look brighter and more spacious without being overwhelmed by the yellow colour either. The final colour that my walls ended up was a little bit stronger than that on the paint pot but only a small amount. As I used a tester before I painted the walls this was not a problem for me though as I was well aware of the final colour that I was going to get and it was just what I wanted. Overall I was very pleased with the quality of this paint. It applies very well, with no drips, it did not run and was the perfect thickness to stick to the walls with no problems at all. One coat was perfect for all areas of the walls and when the paint had dried it was an even colour throughout with no patches or other problems. There were several dirty marks and scratches on the walls that had not damaged the surface and these were covered perfectly also.