Product Type: Crown household products
Newest Review: ... and I haven't been able to wipe this off, I will have to get more paint to touch up. Crown paint does come in the one coat only variety, ... more
Member Name: josarah
Advantages: Consistency, colour was perfect
Disadvantages: None really, they could knock the price down a bit
After 4 months of living in our new abode we had really had enough of the bathroom and had moved it to the top of the to do list. One of the main problems was the colour of the walls. They were green. Very green. And the carpet (why oh why put carpet in a bathroom?) was like a shaggy bath mat (another day another review on flooring). We had previously decorated 3 other rooms in the house and had used a variety of different paints (B&Q Fresh in the Bedroom, B&Q Colours in the spare room and Dulux Hints in the lounge) so thought that we would be able to make an informed decision on the type of paint to use in the bathroom.
On arriving at the DIY shop we realised that it couldn’t be easier choosing suitable paint and left with 4 different tester pots of handily named ‘Kitchen and Bathroom Paint’. When we got home we eagerly opened the testers and began slapping paint around (well in neat little squares actually). It soon became clear that we were down to a choice between a Crown and Dulux paint. The Crown paint comes in a tube (as a tester) with a spongey thing on the end, whereas the Dulux comes in a small tub with a brush attached to the lid. Our second test site was next to the tiles so we could see which would look the best. Both paints matched our tiles really well and we were stuck.
Skip forwards 3 days and we are off to France on holiday…woo hoo.
Skip forward another 2 weeks and we return, busting for a wee (they do have toilets in France but we had driven a long way) and were greeted with a green bathroom with small squares of blue. D’oh, had forgotten how we had left it.
So, decision time. Both paints were around the same price (£15.99 for 2.5 litres from Focus DIY) and the colour was pretty much the same. However the difference arose when it came down to the application of the paint. Now it may be due to the spongey thing on the end of the tube but the Crown paint appeared to go on very smoothly and evenly, not like the Dulux which was a bit streakier.
We bought the Crown paint and started to decorate. After applying the paint with a brush you start to see that this paint looks just as good as when using a sponge, where I had brushed the walls it looked fine with one coat, although some bits needed a bit of extra patching. Where my better half had used a roller the paint needed another coat, although due to the quick drying time (around 2 hours on a hot day), it wasn’t hard to finish the bathroom in one evening (is it me or do men always take the easy rollering job leaving us girls to do the ‘cutting in’ parts around the toilet and other exciting places!).
The paint has the consistency of thick double cream and so doesn’t drip badly and you get very little roller splatter when applying it to walls. When pouring it into the roller tray we didn’t have to shake it our as you do with some paints, it glooped into the tray quite happily and didn’t run down the side of the tin either. A plus point for me as you don’t then get paint tin rings all over the floor.
The paint is ‘mid sheen’, which I don’t really understand. What I will say is that it is shinier than Vinyl Silk, but not as shiny as Gloss paint. The downside of this is that if your wall has any imperfections in it they will become glaringly obvious as the light catches them. Fortunately I am an ace filler and ours don’t look too bad (modest too!).
If you are an indecisive person, you may have to allocate a fair amount of time when choosing your paint as in the Crown range there are 30 different colours of paint in the Kitchen & Bathroom range, and 12 types of cupboard paint. We wanted blue, but there was still a variety to choose from, it’s actually called AZURE for those of you who want to know. The other ranges of Crown paints tend to have a wider variety of colours, with bog standard emulsion having 44 different colours.
Crown have a number of ranges, Emulsion (silk or matt); primers (for making it all ready); Basecoat (for using as an undercoat, smoothing over cracks etc.); Easyclean (for areas that tend to get dirty quickly, eg stairs); Solo, so you only need one coat; and a range of colour varieties, Neutrals, Period Colours, Indulgence and Creative Paints. Obviously there is the Kitchen and Bathroom range which is the one I tried. What I would say if you were thinking of decorating either your Kitchen or Bathroom is to test this paint out for yourself. The ease of application gave it many plus points from me, and it just happened to be a perfect colour too.
All in all a big thumbs up.
Summary: It's paint, that does exactly what it says on the tin.