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Farrow & Ball Paint
Member Name: amyturtle
Farrow & Ball Paint
Date: 13/07/02, updated on 13/07/02 (20512 review reads)
Advantages: Fantastic deep colours, Smooth application, The Gucci of paints
Disadvantages: Not being non drip might not suit everyone
I am a big fan of painting because of the wide range of things you can do with it without having to shell out too many of your hard earned pennies. I have tried more different brands of paint than I care to remember so I just had to tell you about one of my more recent discoveries - Farrow and Ball.
I'm in the process of doing a bit of a makeover on my boyf's house as he was at a bit of a loss as to what to do with his nice, flat cream walls. (I can hear the envious sighs from here - the joy of new houses.) The previous occupants had some rather 'unusual' ideas when it comes to decorating and left behind a garish concotion of mismatched and inappropriate colours. Now each to their own and all that but navy blue over all four walls and the ceiling in one of the bedrooms doesn't really do it for me I'm afraid. So the first thing my boyf did on moving in was paint everything back to cream so that he could actually see what he had to play with. 18 months on he was about ready for a change and that's where I come in.
The kitchen, utility and downstairs loo had all been covered in cheap looking pine panelling up to the height of the kitchen worktops. This wouldn't have been quite so bad but the kitchen units are limed oak. I really wanted to get rid of the panelling but having ripped it out of the loo and spent days filling in the holes and getting the walls ready to be painted we knew this really wasn't going to be an option in the kitchen unless we were prepared to replaster the whole room. I decided that the best thing to do would be to paint the panelling to stop it clashing with the units and try to disguise the poor quality of the panels.
As it's a big kitchen and could take a bit of colour I decided on a deep red for the panelling and a warm cream for the walls and set off in search of the colours I could see in my head. As soon as I saw Eating Room Red in the Farrow and Ball range I knew
it was the perfect colour. It's a luxuriously deep red wine colour and totally different to anything I found by any other paint manufacturer. I'd never used Farrow and Ball paint before but I bought my tester pot and took it home to splash about. It seems a bit pricey at £3.00 but it does come in a nice mini paint tin rather than the nasty plastic efforts most manufacturers favour.
When I opened the tin however I knew it was worth every penny. You just have to look at the paint to see that it's a fantastic quality product. The texture is so smooth and the consistency of the paint is more runny than jelly. (This is because it's not a non drip paint so you need to take care not to overload the brush.) When I brushed some on to the walls it went on so smoothly and evenly and didn't leave nasty brush marks behind. This was really good as obviously I would be painting the panelling with a brush rather than a roller. When the paint dried it had a lovely matt finish which I liked and the colour was even with only one coat on. I applied a second coat and this was enough to cover the panelling so that it didn't show through at all.
I bought a 2.5l tin to cover the panelling in the kitchen and utility which cost £18.99. (They also do 5l tins for £34.99) I realise that this is more than a lot of other paints but the quality of this paint justifies it. In addition to that the thing that impressed me most was just how far this paint will go. Farrow and Ball claim that a 2.5l tin will cover 35-40m2 depending on the surface. By comparison a tin of Dulux emulsion I have will cover up to 32m2, a tin of Crown emulsion up to 30m2, a tin of Crown Solo up to 20m2 and a tub of B&Q kitchen paint up to 12m2. (These are all 2.5l tins.) I must have covered very approximately 24m2 having applied two coats and I've got about half a tin left so I'm very impressed. Farrow and Ball is the only paint manufacturer I actually believ
e when they tell me the paint will cover a certain area.
You won't find anything garish in the Farrow and Ball range, all the colours are designed to be traditional, useable colours that will create a comfortable, warm home. They have also developed a range of paints for the National Trust. They describe themselves as being 'the last remaining traditional paint and wallpaper manufacturer in Britain.' They use original formulations to create paints in the same way they always have and this means that their paints have a flat finish allowing the depth of the colour to be the thing that you see, rather than the sheen over the top.
Farrow and Ball paints are available in sample pots, Estate emulsion, water based eggshell, oil eggshell, exterior eggshell, oil full gloss, dead flat oil, exterior masonry paint and floor paint as well as a few colours in soft distemper and casein distemper. In addition they sell flat varnish, eggshell varnish, oil stainers, water stainers, primers for all surfaces, scumble glaze and paints for your garden. I defy you to not find something you love in all that lot! You'll also find brighter colours in their ranges of Laura Ashley and Jane Churchill paints.
Their website shows the whole range of paints and wallpapers and you can order from it with free p&p. They accept Visa, Mastercard, Switch, Delta and Eurocard. Samples are available and they encourage you to visit one of their stockists before ordering so that you can see the colours properly. There is a stockist finder on the website although I don't think this includes stores like Homebase and B&Q which do stock Farrow and Ball. They also offer a colour consultancy service for £90 per room where they will demonstrate different options and talk you through the styles and finishes available to you. This could be a really good investment if you find the whole interiors thing a bit daunting.
I'll be attacking the living r
oom next and Farrow and Ball will be my first port of call when I'm searching for that elusive perfect colour.
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