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My daughter was going to re decorate the children's bedrooms and asked me if I would help her do it all so my Other Half took us up to B&Q to have a look at the paint. One room was going to be for the eldest grandson and the other room which is a large room was going to be shared between the other grandson and and my granddaughter. It is a big enough room to be able to sort of partition it off so that he could have one side for him and she could have the other side.
We found a range of B&Q coloured emulsions which they call Funky Co which had three lovely colours, a dusky pink/purple, a nice blue and a green. My daughter thought these colours went so well together she would buy a pot of each and see how they went. Each pot is 2.5 litres so quite a big pot and the price of each pot was just under £14. She had reckoned on paying £50 for the decorating for both rooms so this came into the budget (we picked up some brushes from the 99p shop on the way home and she already had a roller).
We decided to use the blue colour first as the eldest boy wanted this mainly in his little room which was just for him. The colour of this one was called Malibu Beach. We found it was easy to pour some out into the roller tray, the emulsion poured in slowly and we had to use a brush to push some of it into the tray. The walls were already painted pink as it had been the girls bedroom but she didn't like sleeping in there on her own so they were swapping rooms. We thought the blue would not cover the old colour very well although it was not a dark pink on there, but it covered it up straight away. The paint was quite thick and it went on really nicely, we just needed to touch up around the edges with the paint brushes to get a good finish. We decided to do three walls in the blue and then opened the green up for the last wall. The green paint was called grasshopper and it did look like a grass colour but a bit more dusky. The wall we were doing with this was only a tiny wall at the end of the room so we didn't bother using the roller, we just used the brushes and the paint went on nicely over the pink and it only needed the one coat.
As we already had the blue paint in the tray we decided to use it to cover one of the smaller walls in the big room. There was plenty of paint left in the tin to do the wall. The walls in there were already blue underneath but it was a paler blue and it covered over that really well. Then we did the opposite wall with the pink. The pink paint was called lollipop. This even went on over the blue nicely an didn't need a second coat although we had plenty of paint left over if it had needed it. We used a new roller for the pink but for the green on the two large walls we just washed out the other roller with the blue paint and used that. The paint was quite easy to wash out under the tap. We got most of it out then left it in soak for a bit in some soapy water while we were doing the pink and the edges of the green then finished washing it out.
When you first open up the tins of paint they look a bit darker than the colour that they dry. The pinky one looked more like a dark lilac when it had dried, sort of a cross between a purple and a pink. The other two colours looked lovely and the two rooms tied in with each other. The kids already had bedding and curtains and they went with the colours of the paint and they were really pleased with the results and love their new rooms.
I would recommend this paint, its good quality and a good price to pay for it.
I have always been told that if you want good quality paint you need to pay good prices, mainly buying Dulux. However I recently went to B&Q and discovered I had missed the bogof offer on dulux, and due to the recession I'm a bit more skint so decided to go for the B&Q colours range which were £9.99 for 2.5 litres or x2 for £15. I bought 2 pots and thought well I can't afford Dulux but I am totally sick of neutral walls so thought, why not!
The paint comes in a clear tub so you can actually see the paint colours which is really good. However, I do know paint often dries a darker colour so B&Q have cleverly painted samples above all the paint pots so you can see the finished effect. I opted for True Green for my living room and began painting the next day.
The tub has a handy handle on so its not difficult to carry. There is a corner of plastic you remove which makes opening the tub an absolute doddle, it lift up so easy, no need to wedge a screwdriver in and no mess! Brilliant. The pain also didn't have a nasty odour or a thick rim of paint like the thick skin on custard, it was all one texture.
The paint poured easily into the tray and went on well to my brush roller. The consistency seemed thick and like Dulux. I applied it direct to my wall using a roller and found the colour went on well straight away. It dried really quickly and didn't stink the house out, although I do always recommend keeping a window open.
After a break of 30 minutes I checked my wall and the colour looked good. I did need a second coat but this was expected. Two coats is perfect for getting the right finish. I didn't look patchy but looked like a solid fluid colour all over.
I was very impressed with this paint and have used matt and Silk, I do prefer Matt though. I would recommend this paint range to anyone.
When moved into our cottage two years ago it had been well maintained and we didn't need to rush round painting every room. The lounge, however, did need doing as we had to have some plastering done on the chimney breast wall which meant that it all looked a bit of a mess.
The cottage was built in 1896 and almost all the walls are plastered but are not smooth; the plaster has sort of random swirls and sweeps in it (not like Artex I hasten to add!) which is in keeping with a cottage of this age.
To keep costs down we decided to use own brand paint and we chose B & Q as we had some vouchers for the store.
The room is fairly small so we didn't want too strong a colour but we wanted some colour as we thought white would look too clinical. We started by choosing a colour range, which was a light gold, sandy colour, and then we went and bought about half a dozen matchpots to try.
We tried them on the chimney breast where the light best caught the wall and, as I am hopeless at imagining how things are going to look, I left it to Dave and mom to make the final decision. Sadly mom died before she saw the room painted but her choice of B & Q Colours in Soft Sand was perfect.
I started by painting over the new plaster with some white emulsion mixed with water to seal it and to make it roughly the same colour as the rest of the walls before I began painting with the coloured paint.
I gave the room two coats and I have to say that I was really impressed. This was back in 2008 in fact almost exactly two years ago. Last year was not only our first full year in the cottage but also our first full year without mom and so we didn't really do much in the way of DIY but this year we decided that we would paint all the rooms one by one as the tops of the walls are starting to look a bit grubby due to the fact that have a log burner which is used a lot.
There was about half a pot of the original paint left so I started with that and that is where the shock came! As the walls were so dirty I had attempted to clean them first but nothing I did worked so it was a case of painting over the original paint. I started to paint and found that the walls weren't 'a bit grubby' they were actually filthy, especially at the top! I was horrified!
I had expected to be able to use just one coat of paint as I was using the same colour but there was no way. The original colour had changed from Soft Sand to dark mushroom!! I did have to use two coats but the walls look lovely again now. The Soft Sand shade is exactly that and is the colour of the sand that you see on those pictures of beautiful holiday islands, so it is quite appropriate since we live by the sea.
The B & Q Colours range of paint is available in sixty different colours in either silk or matt finish. We chose the silk finish as I hate matt finish paint but that is just a matter of choice.
The paint comes in oblong plastic containers which I found easier to use than the more conventional round tins. I just needed to buy a 2.5l container which cost £10.98 but most of the colours including Soft Sand are also available in 5l containers costing £18.98.
The paint itself had a lovely smooth creamy texture and I noticed that the smell wasn't as strong as I expected either. I know the paint is water based and virtually odour free, but I still expected there to be more of a smell than there was. Great - I don't like the smell of paint at the best of times!
When it comes to applying paint I am strictly a brush girl. I know there are those of you that can use Paint Pads and our decorator is a demon with a paint roller, but I can't get on with either so it's a decent paintbrush for me.
I dipped the paintbrush into the paint, loaded the brush and began to paint the wall. What can I say? I was immediately impressed with the results. The paint flowed onto the surface of the wall smoothly, evenly and with no drips even though the surface of the wall is so rough in texture.
Even though I was painting the walls with the same colour that was already there, with the second coat anyway, I could see where I had got to and the improvement was instant and impressive.
It says on the container that you can wash your brushes with water and when I had finished painting I did just that. I only had to rinse the brush under the tap with warm water and the brush came up like new, and yes so did my hands!
The paint is supposed to be touch dry within 2 to 4 hours but I found that it dried very quickly and had I wanted to I could have applied the second coat within the hour.
I was also impressed to find that, when I came to use the remainder of the original paint, it was still fine and perfectly useable after two years. A comment especially for those of you who have kept paint in the old fashioned metal tins and ended up with a rusty container and either hard or oily paint when you've tried to use the rest at a later date!
So the room now looks lovely and clean again and I have learned a valuable lesson - if you have a log burner you have to paint the walls every year! Oh well, as I said, it is only a fairly small room.
AND I will definitely be using B & Q own brand paints again.
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Like many other people on here, i firmly believe that in the whole you get what you pay for with paint. I have tried many own brands such as Focus and Homebase and Wickes and always found them to be rubbish quality that just prove hard work to paint with. Even their so called one coats took 3 or 4!
As a result i had become an avid fan of Dulux paints deciding that they obviously were the experts in paint!
However i have now changed my mind! We were recently wanting to paint our nursery lemon, and searched for the perfect colour, of which only B&Q seemed to fit the bill - so i decided i would get it and give it a go - well i was very very surprised! It went on top of a mid depth lilac in only 2 coats and left a very very nice finish that i am confident will last a good number of years without diminishing.
It seems to be a paint of very similar viscocity and quality as Dulux, the market leaders, but considerably cheaper - and more importantly with a very wide range of colours - whatever your past experience with cheaper paints i would recommend giving this range a shot!
I have two very awkward children who can not agree on what colour they wanted in their bedroom so we came to a comprimise of yellow and green. These were picked because they will go with the ben 10 theme that they both want.
The colours in the ben 10 theme are very vibrant and I thought I would have problems trying to find them. When I got to B & Q I spotted the colours range. It is one of the cheapest matt paints that are available but did still cost me £11 a tub. They are a 2.5 litre tub so due to the room I have decorated I have got plenty left over.
This paint only needed to be painted on once which was great because it was so thick. Both the yellow and the green are very vibrant but because of doing them on seperate walls they cancel the vibrance out slightly.
The whole range is brilliant for children they have got more calming colours and then the bold ones too for awkward children like mine. It is good value for money because it streaches quite far and covers the walls in one coat. It comes in a plastic tub which is easy to open at and close much better than the tins. It drys quite quickly eventhough it is thick paint.
The colours range in general has a good selection of colours to choose from and are well displayed for you to see what the end colour result is. I would say this paint is well worth the money.
When it comes to paint, my theory has always been that if you want to a good job in the least amount of time, you have got to spend a little bit extra and buy a decent quality of paint, which normally I always opt for Dulux, however Dulux doesn't always work, even though it is one of the more premium brands.
When I get in decorating mode, thats it, no one sees me and I get motivated and will not stop until I have finished the job. I get all excited, like a big kid and just want it finished so I am able to see the end results sooner rather than later. This weekend has been one of them, decorating mode, i get an idea of what sort of colour I am looking for and then immediately head for B&Q, which is actually one of my favourite shops when in housey mode.
I had an idea of what colour I wanted, I am into browns at the moment, and virtually my whole house is a certain shade of brown, but the room I was doing, I was able to choose something a little darker as there is a lot of natural light that gets into that room and it wouldn't look too dark so I would be able to get away with it.
Looking through the colour charts and at the painted pieces of wood that they hang up to display the colours, I didn't really see a shade in the Dulux and Crown ranges that I had in my mind, so I wandered down the B&Q own brand range and the colour hit me straight away, just what I was looking for. Wholemeal in the B&Q colours range. Although i would have preferred to have chosen a colour from the Dulux range, B&Q have got to be one of the best in DIY, so I had no other option than to purchase the B&Q brand.
Its a lot less expensive, being £10.98 for a 2.5 litre tub. The packaging is a little less attractive than other ranges. A rectangular tub, which is see through, which is actually a bonus as you can see the colour through it so you know what you are purchasing, and saves hassle when you open a tin and see the paint for the first time and realise that you don't actually like it. It details what kind of paint it, which I had a Silk version as I think it looks better, and it states that its easier to apply emulsion. It gives you guidelines on the back of the tub on how to use it, which I suppose is for the people that actually haven't got a clue.
Getting home, I cracked on straight away. The room that I was doing was actually a room that hadn't been done for a while, my back bedroom, its normally like a tip, as its rarely used but just wanted to have a change. It was two tone lilac before I started, one shade very light and the other shade quite a dark lilac. I started on the lighter section and immediately was very happy with the colour, it was actually just what I was looking for and wasn't too dark for the room.
The coverage I thought was brilliant, although it didn't state on the tub that it was one coat, the lighter lilac side of the room on required one coat, which was great. The darker lilac however did look a little patchy and did have to have two coats which I didn't mind doing as sometimes when you buy cheap paint, you can give it three or four coats and it still doesn't look very good.
The consistency of the paint was good too, quite thick when you applied and it didn't drip at all, and I actually did the whole room and didn't use dust sheets and didn't make a mess at all apart from actually getting it on myself.
I would definitely reccommend this paint, especially this colour, however other colours are different and may not go on as well as this colour did and it depends what colour you are painting over. Its worth a try.