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It was that time, the time for a change of colour - so it was out with the green and in with the grey. I know, grey can sound a bit bland and there is the risk of turning my room into a 1960s housing block but the light green really wasn't doing it for me and so after many sample cards and tester pots I came to the conclusion I wanted Dulux's Chic Shadow. The Once paint was only a couple of pounds more expensive in B&Q so I opted for that one instead, hoping that it only needed one coat, as after all it is called Once paint. That said, in the back of my mind I did know that it might not cover as well as a standard Matt paint, but I thought I might as well give it a go.
It comes in a sturdy plastic 2.5L tub - the stanard 2.5L Chic Shadow matt was £18.98 in B&Q and the once £24.98 so it wasn't that much more. Once it was home I opened the pot up and gave it a thorough stir with a wooden stick and rolled some into my roller tray.
First things first, it coats well. So long as you put down a decent amount of force onto the roller (I think you should be fine so long as you're not too light handed) and I had feared it might start letting the old green colour show through but it didn't and covered it up nicely. It's also pretty quick to dry. I didn't time it but I would say it was all dried within 30 minutes. With the painting done (and touching up round the smaller areas the roller missed with a paintbrush) I left it for the next day to see what it looked like having had 12 hours or so to set in.
The next day I was pleasantly surprised. The paint was of a thick texture and looked like it had had 2 coats rather than one. There were a few areas where a little green was showing through (and these were only spotted if you were specifically looking for it) which needed touching up with a paintbrush but it was still very impressive.
Maybe if you had a new wall that hadn't been painted before (as this is a 1930's house so god knows how many times the walls have been painted and re-lined with paper) it might of needed a second coat but the Once title did certaintly live up to it's name! Two weeks later, and it still looks great, and there's no evidence of the colour that was there barely a fortnight ago. A highly reccommended paint and great if you have several rooms to do at once (or are just a bit lazy like me!) Well, whatever makes life easier, eh?
For the past year I have been training to be a childminder and it came to the point where I needed to get he house ready for the Ofsted inspection. I would have loved to have redecorated the whole house but as I didn't have much money I decided the best bet was to do the hallway so that at least when people walk in it looks it's best. I went to our local B and M store but with very limited time to do the job I knew I would have to go with either a quick dry paint or a one coat.
This paint is available in numerous hardware stores and like I say I got it in a discount store, B & Q often do good offer on paint if you are prepared to wait. A tin of 750mls costs about £14 and a 2.5 litre tin costs around £25, if you are unsure about what colour you want then you can buy little tester pots for just over £1. I ended up buying this in a beige colour in a 2.5l tin and was lucky enough to pay £17.99 for it.
The paint on opening looks really smooth and a uniformed colour which of course is what you hope to see, the paint is pretty thick which of course helps towards the one coat promise.
I started painting around the edges so I poured a bit of the paint into a small tray to make it easier to handle, as the paint is so thick it's hard to get it to stop pouring without it ending up down the edge of the tin so I suggest always putting the paint down on a washable surface or a dust sheet. Painting the edges of the walls I found it went on really well and when dried it had given me a great finish and had all covered in one coat.
When it came to rollering the walls I poured the paint into a larger tray and again found it hard to stop the flow from the tub without making a mess of the tub. I found the roller was easy to load with the paint and it went onto the walls nice and easily and it appeared that the entire area had been covered that was until it dried. Once the paint had dried I found that the walls weren't fully covered in the one coat although this could have been because I was painting over blown vinyl but the tub doesn't state that it won't do one coat over this wallpaper so I found this disappointing.
Once I had finished the full job (two coats in places) I found that I was happy with the coverage and the matt finish looked lovely but as I had needed two coats in places I had used more paint than expected and spent more time over the job which I found disappointing. I would recommend the paint as it's great quality and gives a good finish but if you really need a job done in one coat then this is possibly not the best for you.
We have recently painted my daughter's bedroom. When we decided to start decorating the thought of it really stressed me! I don't like having rooms in uproar and chaos so one of our priorities was to get it finished as soon as we possibly could. A friend of mine told me about Dulux Once which sounded ideal to me! So we bought this and I must say it is good but we did still have to do two coats...
=== Dulux ===
Dulux is the brand of paint which I have heard of the most and the brand I think is most reliable. We use it above other paints as we have always found it to be very good quality and be reliable. They make various kinds, different finishes for different materials in different rooms so if you are wanting to paint something they should have something which suits your need. It is readily available in many stores. We bought it from B&Q.
=== Once ===
The Once paint means just that- you only need to paint once so no messing around having to do several layers of paint. Usually when painting we need to use several coats of paint so the idea of having a chance to not have to spend as much time painting was really appealing which was why we bought this above their other brands. We chose a shade of lilac which my daughter wanted and it is a really nice shade, not too pale so it stands out on her wall without being too bright.
It came in a plastic tub rather than a metal tin which I think is much better as it was easier to get the lid off and didn't seem quite as heavy. The shape of the tub is more shallow and long instead which I thought made it easier to pour the paint out into a roller tray compared to a tall tin so the actual tub itself seemed really practical and useful. Because the lid was easy enough to take off I could be left to my own devices and paint away instead of messing around with a flat object trying to get the lid to come off like I do with a tin!
I put this on the wall using a roller. The colour I was painting over was cream. It was easy enough to apply, it was just like any other colour paint we have used before, the fact it only needs one layer didn't seem any different to the others at all. I found that it was easy to put on the walls but had to be careful not to put too much on the roller else it would kind of spit out and end up splattering me so it was easier to take the 'less is more' approach when applying it.
When putting it on I could see it had slightly patchy areas and I hoped that these would not be there once it had dried but over the rest of the day I didn't see any change and so the following day when the patches were still there I decided it needed another coat. This was quite disappointing considering the name of the paint and the reasons why we bought this above any other. I think compared to other brands it had covered well for a first coat of paint but it wasn't good enough to be classed as finished by any means.
After two coats of paint this looked perfect, no brushes strokes or anything showing through making me want to paint it again. Had it have been a normal kind of paint maybe it would have needed three coats I'm not sure. Our house is quite new so maybe the newness of the plaster made the wall need more than one coat... again I am not sure.
The finished look is lovely. I really like the shade as it's not too bright and it is very, very similar to the label on the front which is not what I can say for other paints we have used before that's for sure! Having a shade of paint which looks like that on the label is really rare! It looks lovely and fresh in her room and I'm sure it will be on her walls for years. I think it's a perfect colour for any little girl really.
Washing out the roller and the brushes was really difficult. It took a long time to get it out, every time I thought I had cleaned it I would realise it still wasn't clean and the perfectionist in me couldn't rest until I knew all the paint was out of the roller/brush but it is important to make sure it is else they can go stiff and/or leave bits of hard paint on the wall when you next go to use them.
=== Conclusion ===
In conclusion I am happy with the finished product as it looks lovely on my little girl's wall. The shade is nice and it was a good quality paint to work with and put on the walls. I liked the shape of the tub it seemed more practical and manageable than a big bulky tin. On the downside we did need to use this more than once which did kind of defeat the object of why we bought it and so that wasn't great. I wonder if I had have used the ordinary Dulux if it would have been exactly the same, I am quite tempted to buy it so I can compare!
We have recently gone through our entire house repainting the walls even though we haven't lived here long- it is amazing how quickly a toddler gets the house looking as though it's not had a lick of paint in years! We just bought cheap paint for our magnolia walls but for the feature walls in the lounge and bedroom we bought Dulux Once which was more expensive but seemed like a good purchase.
Dulux is well known for making paint. They have a huge variety of colours with all shades under the sun being possible to mix. They have sample cards with different shades of colour on and in large stores you can get these mixed up and put into various sized tins. They are well known for their quality too, their prices can be quite steep but it is a case of you get what you pay for- as far as this brand is concerned. They make various types of paint- mat, gloss, wood paint, iron paint, bathroom paint... and now this 'Once' paint.
What does Once mean?
Once basically means you only need to use it once. Usually when painting a wall inside a house you need two- sometimes even three- coats of paint. This is not only time consuming but is also rather costly as you need to use lots of paint. Once paint is designed to only need the one coat of paint. This obviously appealed to us as we didn't want to use up lots of time painting and if we could cut down on having to do an extra coat then we were really willing to do so!
This is not actually a tin but a plastic pot which is unusual for paint but I actually prefer it as it's lighter! It doesn't have a handle so you have to carry it around it's 'waist' which is luckily okay because this isn't a large tub but if it was any bigger I think I would struggle without having a handle. The colour of he paint is shown in an oval shaped sticker which is stuck on the side although this colour may not be identical to what is inside. It's always best to try it on your wall first to see what it dries like. The lid id a typical paint lid- it's really hard to get off! I struggle so much with it it must be amusing to watch me! You need to use a flat headed screw driver (trust me a biro does NOT work) to loosen the lid before flipping it off. When you have finished using it it's important to put it back properly or the paint can dry out.
Using the paint
Before painting you must make sure your area is prepped- so you have taped up the top of the skirting board/around plugs etc and you have got your furniture and carpet covered.
The first thing I noticed about this paint is that it doesn't have a strong smell. It still does have that 'paint' smell about it but it's not as strong as some at all and it didn't linger after we had put it on the walls either. We still opened the windows though to let air circulate as both my husband and Hope have asthma so we cannot take any chances.
The paint we used was peacock blue and it looked striking inside the pot, very rich and bold! Before applying it to the wall you do need to stir it to make sure that all the colour is the same throughout, sometimes it can settle in the tub and have a bit of a greasy layer on top. Once you mix this in (I tend to use a stick of wood!) then it should be fine.
I feel like a bit of a paint expert now. My husband would take Hope out of the way whilst I got on with painting! It always works best to have it poured into a paint tray and then apply it to the wall so you can get an even coverage of paint on your utensil. It also makes it a lighter item to carry around with you and take up a ladder than it would be a whole pot of paint.
Using your roller or brush or that funny little JML painting thing you apply this to your wall in even strokes. If you put too much in one area then it won't dry smoothly and it will show so it's important to even it out and try to get even coverage all over.
I found that this went onto the wall quite thickly, you can tell it is a good quality paint as it wasn't watery and instead the quality of it really showed through. With this paint it isn't a case of a little bit goes a long way, yes you can spread it about but you soon make your way through the pot even when only doing the one wall but I think that this is the nature of the paint- it has to be thick and a dense kind of matter so that it doesn't need another layer.
You will need to leave the paint to dry although I noticed it does dry quite quickly. I found that after an hour the wall was dry all over although I still wouldn't put any furniture up against it- just incase! Your utensils will need to be washed right away. If you leave them for long then the paint will become really hard to remove and can ruin your brushes. I just used water to clean them I didn't need white spirit or anything like that so it was quite a straight forward task. The paint needs to have the lid replaced properly so that you can use it again to touch up or repaint should you need to.
We bought mat paint. This means that it doesn't have a shine to it and it can be touched up without the effected area showing. It does mean, however, that if you have a toddler who draws on the wall that it cannot be wiped off with water, instead you will need to paint over it!
Anyway, the effect was that the mat paint made it look nice and professional. The colour of the paint-peacock blue- was a very striking colour. It definitely was a good choice for a feature wall as it stood out well and really did look effective against our black furniture.
The 'Once' effect was slightly disappointing though. I was thinking that this would have a perfect finish but sadly it didn't. I could see- and still can- brush marks around the edges of the wall and a few little patches where the roller must have skimmed. This is the kind of effect you would expect before applying a second coat of normal paint although not as dramatic. I think that it almost worked, it was definitely a better effect after just one coat than any other paint I'd used but I still wasn't happy with the result and I did end up applying another layer of paint the next day which was disappointing.
Our house is a new build though and perhaps the fact that the house is still 'settling' effected the paint's quality. It is known that houses which have recently been plastered take more painting than others as the walls soak up the paint more so perhaps this was the reason.
The colour of this paint is beautiful and just what I was looking for so I am very happy with that but sadly the 'once' nature of this just didn't work in our house. Yes, the effect after just one coat wasn't as poor as with cheaper brands or with normal Dulux but it definitely still looked as though it needed another. This was rather annoying as it was sold to us as though we wouldn't be wasting time applying extra coats when in reality we had to anyway.
I think that this paint is of a very good quality. I could tell whilst applying it that it was much thicker and bolder than a normal brand so I cannot fault the quality and if you're looking for a colour which makes an impact then this shade certainly does! It was nice that it didn't have a strong smell too and that after painting there was no paint smell lingering around.
I spent £10 on a small tub which just did the one wall (twice!) and we bought it from B&Q. I am in two minds as to whether I recommend it. If you want a wall which looks like it could just about do with another coat of paint then yes buy this but if you want your wall to look perfect then I say stick to the 'normal' paint. It's a shame really as it is a very good idea and did appeal.
Thanks to a recent damp problem, I am currently having to redecorate several rooms in my house and so decided that I would save myself a bit of time by paying the extra to invest in Dulux Once paint. The first thing that I noticed was that there is less of a colour selection in the once paint than there is in Dulux's standard collection, but the range is still pretty good. I worked around the colours they had available to buy mostly Dulux once, but a couple of tins of standard paint too where I really didn't want to swap the colour. For this reason I was able to compare well the two different types of paint.
The Dulux Once is noticeably thicker than the standard paint, and for that reason does get a better coverage on the wall. Despite this, and despite following the proper instruction, I was not happy with the finish of the first coat and therefore had to apply a second. The paint dries quickly though so I was able to do this on the same day. I do think that had I of been using the standard paint it would most definitely have needed a third or maybe even a fourth as well, so the paint did still save me time, but it doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin. I think if you were trying to paint over a light colour then you might have more success with one coat.
The paint tub is rectangular rather than round in shape, and has a lid that is easier to get open. I found that the rectangular shape made it more messy when pouring paint out into the roller tray, but that could just be me!
The final finish using this product is great, and the coverage is better than with any other paint that I've used. I'm not convinced that it truly is a one coat paint but if you are trying to save time though and don't mind spending a little extra then this is a good quality paint to opt for.
I am a very house proud person and love to re-decorate my home a lot, possibly more than the average person. I am addicted to all of the home shows, Sixty minute make over is one of my favourites!
I like a quick result also, as my concentration span is short once I have started (I am often bored after one wall! Much to my other halfs dismay! lol!).
I bought this paint as it promises to cover your wall with just one coat of the paint. I was hopeful and although it was slightly more expensive than the other paints, thought the time I would save would make it all worth it.
The tub is made of plastic and is relatively easy to open. It has a roller tray within the tub, that is supposed to make things cleaner and tidier as you dont need to use a separate roller tray. This did not work for me as the tray is sat on top of the paint, too much paint gets on the roller and there is nowhere for you to get the excess off. I therefore ended up using a separate roller tray anyway.
The paint itself is of lovely consisitency and you can get it in a variety of colours. The paint goes onto the wall really well and creates a nice finish. However I did need two coats rather than the one I had been promised.
I would buy this paint again despite the above two drawbacks to the paint as I felt that it was easy to apply, created a nice finish and two coats was still much better than four.
I bought a tin (ice cream tub) of Dulux once in a soft brown coffee colour and I was painting a small room with white walls. The wall space I was painting was only about 20m2 and the tub said that it would cover up to 30m2 so I thought that I would only need one tub. I used a harris proffesional roller and made sure that I gave the walls an even coverage. I was hoping to get away with one coat as the name suggested, but when it dried, I could see that despite my best efforts there were some patches where the undercoat was showing through. I had to go over it all with a second coat, which did the trick. The paint is dry within a couple of hours, so this was not too much bother. The areas around the edges had some brush strokes which were evened out with a mini roller. The matt paint has a real deep flat look and I am really happy with the result. Although I had to give it a couple of coats, I did not mind as I am sceptical of any paint that claims to cover in one coat.
The paint had a low voc content and a pleasant fresh smell. Although I had to pay extra because it is a named brand, it was worth it as the paint was thicker and went on better.
I was really surprised to find myself let down by a Dulux product it has to be said. Over the years I've used them quite a few times, and this is the first time I can say I've come away disappointed. I purchased a 2.5lt box of this stuff to do a small box room with. I had previously painted the same box room with a B&Q one coat paint, which was also 2.5lt, and when I'd finished I was left with a good half a litre of paint in the bottom of the box. It had covered the entire room really well, and the 2.5lt box I bought had been more than enough.
So imagine my surprise when I wiped this tub of Dulux Once clean and realised that I still had half a wall to paint?!
Using the paint was fine, brilliant even. It's a really thick paint and you definitely only need the one coat, providing the walls you're painting are smooth and free of dents and pock marks. But it's so thick that the amount of the stuff you require to do a job is considerably more than if you use a thinner store's own brand. And to be honest, although I could see a difference in the thickness of the paint while I was using it, I could not see any difference in the finished job.
I think what has really annoyed me about this is that it turned out that my underestimation has now left me £20 out of pocket. Because I bought the last tub in this shade from the local hardware store, and it is now discontinued. So I cannot even buy another tub to finish the job! Instead, I will have to repaint the entire room in a different shade of blue.
It's not even very quick drying. A lot of paints these days are ready to touch in a couple of hours, whereas the blue shade I purchased this Dulux Once in took six hours. It's also an extremely potent paint that I wasn't overly fond of working with. The smell has clung to absolutely everything in the room, though in fairness that does happen with a lot of paints.
I have to give this stuff three stars because yes, I'll grant you, it is good quality paint. But it is really very overpriced (about twice what you pay for a store's own brand version) and although it looks luxuriously thick when you paint with it - I really don't think it needs to be as thick as it is. All thickening it up to this extent does is mean that you require a lot more paint to do a job, which in turn makes Dulux that extra few quid on top of their already high profit margins.
There's something quite satisfying about doing your own painting & decorating around the house & it's defintitely much cheaper (although it takes me 10 times as long) than employing someone else to do it.
I've made many mistakes over the years by buying cheap brands thinking I'd got a good deal but have learned in my wisdom that more often than not it's best to go for the better known brands & I've always been pleased with Dulux products.
At £29.99 for a 4.5l container of Once Matt I did hesitate for a moment but when I saw on the tub that it was 'one coat guaranteed' & the coverage is up to 9m (squared) per litre I reckoned it was worth the money. I must admit though, if I'd had more time I would have shopped around to see if any of the superstores had it on offer?
The tub is easy to open & it has a ready-to-use built-in ready-to-roll tray inside which means there's less mess & there's no need to wash other trays. It's recommended that you use a roller but I'm hopeless with those so used a long-bristled brush as suggested.
I opened all the windows for ventilation although I thankfully found this wasn't really necessary as the paint didn't smell overly strong & our lounge was virtually odour-free after 48 hours.
The paint was a very good consistency & virtually non-drip, it gave a good even coverage & as promised covered in just one coat which was thoroughly dry within 6 hours.I used a cream to cover a deep magnolia & there were no streaks whatsover - brilliant!
I found my brushes easy to clean with just water & also found that the lid re-sealed easily & firmly - so, all in all, I have to recommend this Dulux Matt Once & shall be buying their gloss & satinwood to paint the woodwork & radiators in my (now bright & clean looking) lounge.
i must admit, i'm a rubbish painter so anything that makes my painting experience less of a chore is welcomed by me, and this paint is a godsend!
I bought 2 x 4.5l tubs of Dulux One Coat Rich Matt paint in Egyptian Cotton for a reduced price of £15 each from my local Focus store.. I believe for this size tub the usual price is £29.99.
The colour I was covering was a dark red that my partners son had painted the room and so I wasn't overly confident of the claim on the tub that it would be covered in "1 coat only!" having used other one coat paint before and having to use a couple of coats to get a satisfactory coverage, and at least 3 to cover a very dark colour.
I aquired the help of 2 friends (as I am 7 months pregnant) and we set to work, 1 of us using a medium pile roller as suggested on the tub, and the other 2 using paintbrushes. Within about half an hour, my friend using the roller had covered one wall about 2.4mx1.8m and the coverage was superb! There was certainly no need for a second coat!
I was worried that the painting done with the brushes wouldn't give the same finish but I was wrong - although using the roller had been much quicker, it took my other "assisstant" only about another half an hour to finish a wall 2.4mx3m.
We'd painted the entire room 2.4mx3mx4.5m within 3 hours and the finish is great. My partner didn't believe we'd only used 1 coat to cover the dark red!
The paint was very easy to apply and didn't drip at all. There is also a floating tray inside the tub so that you can push it into the paint and get the roller loaded up with paint without having to use a roller tray, but as there were 3 of us painting in different areas we did use trays so I can't comment of whether this feature worked or not.
I don't do a lot of decorating so I don't know if the price is good for this amount of paint (£29.99 for 4.5l) but I think it would probably save money in the long run and really only 1 coat is required. We have a lot of paint left over!