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I recently went shopping for paint and picked up my usual brand priced at 34.99, with needing two tins I decided to try and be economical and go for the Home Base own branded paint priced at 15.99 meaning I'd buy two for cheaper than one tin of the more famous brand. I figured if it was awful I could take one tin back anyway and then purchase the more expensive brand.
I was so pleased with the homebase paint! It went on really well, the colour was exactly as on the front of the tin, only one coat needed in most areas with a couple of touch ups here and there and all dried within 2 hours perfectly. I will be buying this paint from now on, absolutely fantastic and really cannot complain at the price for the quality you get is just outstanding, am really pleased with this and recommend to anyone.
I feel like I am quite a paint expert. Since October last year I have spent a lot of my time painting the rooms in our house, repainting them and also helping my parents help their house. I have bought lots of different brands of paint over the last year and this Homebase one is one which I was not overly impressed with but if you are on a budget then it will suffice.
There are different types of paint which you can buy so if you are a DIY expert and you stand in the paint aisle it can all seem a bit daunting. There are paints for bathrooms, paints for kitchens, paints for various surfaces such as wood, metal, radiators and then even the 'normal' paints come with different types- mat, gloss, eggshell... Homebase paint has a wide choice, you can buy all these different options in this stores brand and it is several pounds cheaper than the big brands (Dulux, Crown etc).
As well as options concerning what surface/type of paint you are requiring there are many options in terms of colour. Unlike with Dulux there are not hundreds and thousands of different shades, instead it's more limited but there is still a good array of paints which you can buy. If you are after a very specific colour then you are probably best looking into getting it mixed up with the Dulux paints.
Once you have worked out what type of paint you require and also the shade then you have another choice- what size tin do you go for? There are very small tester pots which cost around £3 and then there are huge vats of it. My advice would be to not be conservative- you are using a cheaper brand, be prepared to need plenty of coats and to be liberal!
I bought this paint in a very rich purple colour for painting our bedroom wall. I actually chose this brand instead of others just based on the shade. It was the exact colour I was looking for and was already mixed so I wouldn't have to stand around and wait for them to mix it with the Dulux paint. It was then just an added bonus that it was £3 cheaper than the big brands.
The paint comes in a tin and has a handle which is very helpful as without it would be quite hard to carry especially as it's heavy. The colour of the paint is displayed clearly on the front but always remember that what it looks like on the tin may not be how it looks exactly on your wall so you may need to buy a tester pot first to check.
Taking the lid off requires, as always, a flat headed screw driver to release it. As I have said in previous reviews- a biro will not suffice!
The paint inside needs stirring first. A kind of oil had gathered on the top and it looked a bit streaky. If I applied this directly to the wall I'm sure the outcome would have been quite a miserable one! Most paint needs stirring first but this one looked especially in need of doing so.
Before painting the wall always make sure that you prep it properly first- so tape up areas you want to avoid like plug sockets and skirting board and adjoining walls. Cover up your furniture and carpet to protect it.
I always use a paint try whilst painting. My experience over the last year has just proven that this is most practical for me. If I just used it directly from the pot then it would involve me carrying it around and it's heavy and I'd probably manage to knock it over. Also if you are using a roller it is the best way to get the paint onto the roller and for it to be evenly spread out along it. You do not need to pour a lot of paint into the tray, if you put too much on then rolling it out can be awkward, the roller can stick if it's too full and you can end up just wasting paint as it drips off the edge of the roller.
When applying it to the wall you need to do so in even strokes and make sure you don't have too thick patches in one place and too thin patches in others else it will dry quite patchy and streaky. I found that this rolled onto the wall quite well, it spread quickly and it looked as though a little bit went a long way. I felt positive that perhaps I would only need to do one coat and then a quick coat over the top the next day.
The paint does smell quite strongly. We made sure all the windows were open and even after I had finished painting we kept them open as the smell lingered.
As the paint began to dry I noticed it was quite patchy even though whilst I was rolling it out it didn't look like it was. There were several areas which looked like they had been missed entirely and it was quite disheartening. I do know that paint usually takes two coats but upon watching this dry I could tell that it would need at least another, perhaps even two.
It is advised that you leave it 12-24 hours before applying the second coat. This meant that it then took us into another day. I painted over it which was a much faster job and then once it had dried I was disappointed to see that there were still some patches. It did look much better but it wasn't perfect so two days later I applied the third and luckily, final coat.
The final coat, number three, was finished and I was glad that I had bought two medium sized tins. I will definitely recommend that if you buy this that you think in a liberal manner and over buy instead of try to be conservative and buy less. you can always return unopened paint that you haven't used.
Three coats of paint later and the wall was finished and I was very pleased with it. The colour of the paint is a very rich purple and it has a mat finish. This makes a big impact upon the wall and looks really very nice. You cannot see any streaks of patches in it at all, even when looking closely I cannot see any.
I have had to touch it up in a few areas over the last week because Hope has managed to grate a biscuit into it! Because it is a mat paint there has been no problems with just touching up small areas, it doesn't leave a mark.
I am very pleased with this paint. It was very hard to clean off the roller and brush though because it is a dark, rich colour it did take quite a while and I found that if I didn't rinse it off immediately it would be even harder to clean so I advise if you are using a paint like this then you clean your utensils right away!
What I don't like about the paint is that it took a long time to actually get it on the wall- having to do 3 layers of paint was quite time-consuming and frustrating so I'm subtracting a star for that but it definitely deserves a full 4 stars. The finish of the paint is just as good as any other brand and it's a lovely colour that I am very pleased with. It is quite true to the sticker on the front too which makes a change!
I recommend this if you're on a budget and you have the time to be prepared to do several coats of paint. If you are trying to do a paint job as quickly as possible then you may want to use a more expensive paint which won't involve having to use 3 layers!
When we repainted our lounge we went to Homebase and did intend on buying Crown or Dulux but ended up buying Homebase own as it was the most reasonable in price and also had the shade we wanted. I'm glad we did buy it as it was very good quality.
There are lots of different options in terms of colours for paint and so you should have lots of choice. We chose a lovely pale green and just bought the one tin for us to paint one large wall in our lounge.
The price wasn't that different to Dulux and we chose it in a silk finish. I was told that silk finish paint is easier to maintain as if you get sticky fingers on it you can wipe it away easier than mat so we chose silk. I also quite like how silk finish looks, it's slightly shiny so reflects light a little more.
The paint lid was hard to get off as always, my husband got it off with a screw driver and left me to painting! It is a thick paint but spread onto the wall with my roller really well. The colour was quite dense so covered well. It did leave some streaks so it did need a second coat but this was what I was expecting.
We left it 24 hours before applying a second coat. It then took a further 24 hours to dry completely. The effect is nice, it's a nice fresh colour and there are no blotches or marks in it so the two coats was enough. Sometimes we have had to use 3 or 4 coats but this was fine so saved time.
I am pleased with the finished result and I think in future we will continue to use this brand or other cheaper ones as it seems to be just as good quality as any other brand we have used.
I am not a huge fan of Homebase; my experience has been that their customer service lets them down badly, as does the fact that there is little correlation between the website and the stores themselves. However, it's the only major DIY store where I live so I grudgingly use them fairly frequently, not least in the last few months to buy paint.
In particular, I have been buying eggshell paint to do up some pine furniture and I have tried Farrow and Ball, Crown, Laura Ashley, and most recently Homebase paint which is marketed under the name of Sanctuary. They also sell their own brand Home of Colour which is primarily a range of emulsions but this review concentrates on the water based eggshell from Sanctuary.
Firstly, I have to say that Farrow and Ball and Laura Ashley paints are my favoured brands in that I genuinely feel that the paint is of a better quality and flows very well on the brush, giving good coverage and a nice even result. However, price rises for both brands in recent months have forced me to look elsewhere. I hadn't been fully satisfied with Crown eggshell from the Period range which is cheaper than either Laura Ashley or (the most expensive by a distance), Farrow and Ball; this is primarily because their range of colours is very limited - certainly as stocked in my local medium-sized store.
A lot of folk will tend to avoid own-brand paint, believing it to be simply a watered down version of the real thing. I believe that used to be the case but I have noted in recent years that there is much less of a difference between this and branded paints. Of course, the own brand tends to be cheaper and therefore needs to be considered in these cost-conscious times.
Homebase currently have a long-running promotion on their Sanctuary range. You buy one, you get one free - as that annoying man advertising Safestyle says. Given that the normal full price for a standard 750ml tin is £11.49 - to get two tins for that price is not to be sniffed at, so needless to say I didn't get my hanky out and this discounted price was sufficiently low for me to give the stuff a whirl......which I duly did.
The paint is a water-based eggshell which is supposedly going to be quick-drying, hardwearing and washable - three of the requirements I was looking for. I certainly have found nothing in my experience to date to make me question these claims. I find it particularly useful to be able to re-coat after only 4 hours; many competitor brands suggest a 24hr wait between coats.
Coverage for a 750ml tin is approx. 9 square metres although this will depend on the type and porosity of the surfaces being painted. I have used it exclusively on wood which tends to drink the stuff rather more than does metal but it is a suitable paint for both surfaces. I have never measured it, but it certainly seems to last quite well.
Overall, I have been really quite impressed with this Sanctuary paint and in particular the fact that the sheen it gives to the paintwork is much more noticeable than it has been when I have used other brands. That said, to better protect the paintwork from knocks and scratches, I always wax after allowing plenty of time for the final coat to dry and for the paint to properly cure before finally bringing the painted item into use.
Being water-based the brushes can be easily washed in water. To get the best results you should be using a brush which uses artificial filaments; a pure bristle brush is best saved for use with oil based and/or gloss paints. As with any paint, the key to a good outcome is to properly prepare the surfaces before applying any paint and I make extensive use of primer/undercoat to ensure a good key for the subsequent top coats in your chosen colour.
With most paints, the final colour is sometimes not quite what you anticipate from the colour on the label on the tine, but I have found this to be fairly reliable when using a cream 'Candlelight' shade as I have been doing recently.
The offer extends until the middle of August so if you have an interior wood or metal painting project planned it would be worth considering using this Homebase water-based eggshell and taking advantage of this excellent price.
I have also noticed that Homebase frequently discount end of ranges or discontinued colours so if you have some one-off items to paint and don't mind using what tend to be rather deep and less popular shades you can sometimes pick up a tin for £2.99.
As I said at the outset, I don't much like Homebase but, credit where credit is due, this paint gives a very acceptable result and represents excellent value in my view.
It's early summer, so it must be time to dig out the colour charts and have a look to see if any of last year's paintbrushes are salvageable (not likely). Being a painfully middle-class kind of girl - I am. There's no point being coy about these things - when it comes to paint I usually worship at the altar of Farrow & Ball, but there comes a point where you have to admit that a paint has its faults, and Farrow & Ball has two: the complete lack of a decent strong pink and the fact that the walls will mark if you so much as look at them in the wrong way.
The pink wasn't an issue, given that I was painting a boys' bedroom, but the durability was a cause for concern. I would prefer not to be doing the whole thing again in six months' time, so I decided to use a hardwearing paint and plumped for Homebase's own version, which is called Duracoat. Sounds like a mackintosh to me, but then what do I know? My favoured brand of paint has colour names like Mouse's Back and Clunch. I'm hardly in a position to judge.
The paint tub promises that two coats with four hours' drying time in between will suffice, and that a 2.5 litre tub will cover 30 square metres. Technically, this was pretty much what it did, although it might be more accurate to say that it covered 15 square metres twice (but more on this later). The tub also promises a high acrylic content, which will make the paint tougher than a rhinoceros in a tank. I used Brilliant White, which costs £12.99 for 2.5 litres, although colours are slightly dearer at £14.99. This compares very favourably with Dulux Endurance, which is £20.99 for 2.5 litres in Brilliant White and £21.96 for colours. Occasionally, Homebase do a 'two for £16' offer on these as well, making it an even better deal.
So I open the lid and once I've recovered from the fumes I attempt to give the paint a good stir (plastic chopsticks are excellent for this, by the way). No dice. It's like trying to stir jelly. I decide that if it's set this much then it's not going to have separated a whole lot, so I give up and pour some into the paint tray. This is rather reminiscent of trying to get ketchup out of a glass bottle; it takes a while to get going, but once it does, the whole lot tries to come out in one go.
After I tip the excess back into the tub, up the stairs I go to start painting. I would normally take a deep breath before embarking on this kind of exercise, but given the overwhelming chemical fumes this doesn't seem advisable. I dip a brush into the paint and watch with amusement as it leaves a cartoon-esque brush-shaped dent when removed. This paint is very, very thick. In fact, if I'd been holding my nose, I wouldn't have been surprised to find a 99 Flake in it. This means that it's quick to load the brush or roller, but easy to overload it, and it takes about half a room to get the hang of it. It spreads nicely, although the tub does warn against overspreading, for a very good reason: because this paint has such a high acrylic content, it doesn't adhere to the surface very well - if you've ever painted around a uPVC window and gone over the frame by mistake, you'll know what to expect. The first coat will give a kind of mottled effect if you overspread, and this will result in more coats being required. I'm not sure, to be honest, that this is entirely avoidable; I needed four coats to cover the walls, but only one for the ceiling (thank goodness. I could hardly move the next day. Who knew painting ceilings was such good exercise?). You might get away with two if you're painting over a light, neutral colour, but otherwise you should plan to need at least three.
A quick word on surfaces: the paint claims to be suitable for walls, radiators and woodwork, but I wouldn't recommend using it on woodwork as anything but a primer over already-painted surfaces (it can be used watered-down on unfinished wood). There are two reasons for this: from a practical point of view, it gives a rather nasty chalky finish; and from an aesthetic point of view, the paint is so matt that it will give the room a very 'flat' look if you use it on the walls as well, since none of the painted surfaces will be in the slightest bit reflective. I used Farrow & Ball Estate Eggshell in All White for the woodwork, which is a good colour match (not all white paints are created equal, after all) and just sheeny enough to lend the room a bit of interest.
Points in its favour: it washes out of clothes better than any other paint I've ever used, and it is nicely forgiving to paint with. This makes it ideal from my point of view since I'm a lazy decorator. I can't be faffed with proper preparation; all this 'light sanding, wipe down with sugar soap and rinse well' is far too much like hard work, especially as you then have to paint afterwards. My preparation tends to consist of a quick once-over with a fluffy duster, and that's only if I'm feeling energetic. The finish is pretty good though - I used a short-pile roller and it's nice and smooth until you get really close-up. There also isn't that obvious distinction between the rollered and brushed areas which can sometimes happen. A word of warning: the coverage with a brush is much better than with a roller, to the extent that each wall now has a 'frame' where it is whiter around the edges and in the corners. If I'd had enough paint (and energy) left, I would have given it a quick last coat just with the roller to stop this from happening.
On the negative side: it reeks. I did four coats in two days and was nearly cross-eyed from the fumes by the end of it. It's classed as a low-VOC content paint, with 20g per litre (the EU maximum for matt paint is 30g per litre), but you'd never guess it from the stench. It was well over a week - with warm weather and the window open around the clock - before it had subsided to the point where I would consider putting my children to sleep in the room. It does also have a tendency to drip and splatter if you're not careful with it. I managed, by freak accident, to splash some in my eye which started to burn rather horribly straight away. It was easy to wash out, but I was left walking around looking like a 'before and after' hayfever remedy advert for the rest of the day. NOT recommended.
So, enough about the application; does it live up to the claims? Well, it survived various pieces of furniture being shifted out of the room, a carpet being laid, and then various other pieces of furniture being shifted back in again (and re-arranged several times) without so much as a scuff. Really, I should wait about a year to see how it does, but I'll have forgotten about reviewing it by then, so I decided to road test it instead. It's had three weeks to fully dry and harden, so it should be about as tough as it's going to get by now.
Slight dent, but only when I pressed REALLY hard.
It would be a pretty poor showing if it couldn't cope with a bit of crayon, and indeed a quick swipe with a wipe and it was good as new.
Toy car thrown at wall test.
Bit of an odd one, this. It didn't leave much of a dent (partly because I didn't throw it that hard) but it did leave some red paint behind which will not come off.
Wedding ring test.
I didn't actually mean to do this one, I accidentally whacked my hand against the wall while opening the wardrobe door (and yes it did hurt. Quite a lot. Thank you for asking). No dent, but it left a fairly substantial mark which took some elbow grease to remove.
So there you have it. Not the easiest (or kindest on the nose) of paints to apply, but impervious to crayon and tougher than platinum. Just keep the toy cars away from it and you'll be fine.
I've been decorating my house over a period of months and have used many brands of paint but the latest colour I wanted to use was only available through homebase. I was a bit reluctant to use it as in the past I have found DIY stores own brand of an inferior quality. However having used some emulsion from Homebase's own range of colours I have been very suprised and impressed by the quality.
The coverage is excellent and the value for money exceptional particularly at the moment when they are offering a deal where you can buy two 2.5 litre tins for £15 instead of the usual £10.99 each.
Also if you discover you have bought too much as long as you return a tin unopenend they will gladly give you your money back.
Their range of colours is extremely good and they always seem to have a plentiful supply in my local store.
The paint dries quickly within two hours and gives an even flawless finish. I have found that two coats are necessary to give an even coverage, which is better than some 'named' brands which required three coats to get an even finish. I have only used the emulsion so far and will update when I get to the gloss!
I highly recommend this product - you won't be disappointed!
Okay, so I woke up in bed one day last week and apparently in typical woman style said 'I don't like it', meaning the shocking pink and brown combination on the walls in our room which was all done around a 10 inch square picture I bought with a lovely design on. I mean, I like it now. Now that I have torn all the wallpaper off and repainted half of the room!
I actually choose the Homebase Flawless Matt Finish in Duck Egg (as shown in the picture above) in th e New Year to go in our spare room and have never gotten round to doing it. I get new bedlinen and bits and bobs, so decided that I could use all that stuff in our bedroom. We have moved into the 'spare room' anyway now, its too hot at the back of the house.
I purchased this paint in a 2.5 litre tin from homebase in the New Year when they were on special offer, It picked up two tins for £20 and then there was 10% discount so was an okay deal.
The paint just requires a quick mix up before applying (I always use a wooden skewer from the bbq packs). The colour of the paint in the tin is excatly the same as it is on the tin and applies and dries on the wall exactly the same. I applied this paint to plastered walls - although it was old plaster and I removed wallpaper that had been put up in 1981. I has coated the walls really well, with two coats. I always use at least two coats on a wall and would do even if a paint was advertised as 'one-coat' (which this one isn't) because I find the coverage is much more even with two coats.
The paint dried really quickly in between coats, I was able to start back at the beginning and give the second coat as I had finished the first.
I would definitely use Homebase paint again, the colour range is good and the coverage is as it says on the tin, Flawless!
I choose a sunny yellow one-coat paint matt for my bedroom and dressing room. It was quick and easy to apply and didn't drip. It did take two coats but I was painting over a rag-rolled apricot colour so I expected that. 4 years later it still looks like new and finger marks wipe off easily. The whole thing was done in a day and it's a big area - about 20ft by 12ft in all. This is the nicest paint I have used yet. In contrast, I did a wall in my lounge deep red and used a dulux colour-mixed paint - it took an amazing 7 coats and still looks streaky in a certain light.
Well, its not quite the town but my dining room and its not exactly red but 'warm terracotta'. Let me explain - my Mum decided to paint our dining room today and somehow my sisters and I were nominated to help out. I didn't mind. Even if everything else goes wrong, at least you can get high on the paint. (just kidding!) Anyway, getting back to the subject. Homebase paints. There was a good range of colours and they came in 2.5 or 5 litre tins. Of course, being a 'own-brand' rather than Dulux or Crown, it works out a fair bit cheaper. We bought the 2.5 litre 'one-coat silk' paint. Silk means that the finish is somewhere between a matt and gloss. It cost £9.99 and covered an area of 30 square metres. I think for an average size room, you would use between 2.5 to 4 litres. (so you may have to buy the 5 litre) We were very pleased with the results. There was even coverage with just one coat (as it claimed on the label). The warm terracotta colour dried a bit lighter than when first applied but we still liked the colour. It dried quite fast - at an estimate, about 2 hours. Another plus about this paint was that it was 'water-soluble'. I didn't believe this was possible until after I saw it for myself. When I got it all over my hands, I literally just rinsed it off under the tap. As for the paintbrushes, we just left them in a small container of water and they came out clean after a while. There was very little time wasted cleaning up afterwards. For good paint at a reasonable price, this is not a bad bet. Happy painting you lot... and don't get too high!
After browsing various DIY stores I finally found a really strong colour that I liked and would look good and give a warm feel to our new conservatory. I chose a matt vinyl emulsion paint from Homebase, choosing a matt paint against a silk or eggshell paint as I don’t like shiny walls and it is a bright room anyway. I chose a vinyl paint as having a variety of animals and children who use the conservatory a lot, I needed something that would be wipeable yet stay on the walls. Homebase paints are actually produced by Crown paints, and so are of the same quality. I have never used any of Crown paints, always being deterred by the price thus opting for a stores own brand. The matt vinyl emulsion costs £9.99 for 2.5 litres and £18.99 for a 5 litre tin, competitive pricing for own brand paints, B&Q are slightly cheaper at £7.98 for 2.5 litres but they do not offer the variety of colours. Homebases own brand paints come in a fantastic 40 different shades! There has to be something for everyone amidst that range, surely. I know I have found some fantastic shades and I can be quite picky about things, even the ‘white’ colours!! Homebase as with some other DIY stores are now providing their paints in clear plastic containers, so you can exactly what colour the paint is, although this does not really give that good an indication what it will be like on a wall/ceiling, it is better than relying on those little cards. In this instance I opted for ‘watermelon’ a kind of well water melon colour (not the skin but the flesh). The walls to be covered had lining paper on them and had been previously emulsioned a pale peachy colour. Opening the plastic container was very easy, insert flat headed screwdriver under the lip of the lid and lever off. Not too much force is needed, and best of all the lid doesn’t buckle of bend as with ‘tins’ of old, making sealing the paint for later use a nightmar
e, if not impossible. As the lid is plastic resealing the paint is very easy; the inner ‘lip’ of the actual container is handy to catch any drips after pouring into a paint tray. Once you have opened your tin, it does recommend on the container that you stir well. It is quite difficult to stir the paint as it is a very glutinous consistency. Once stirred pour into your paint tray/load your brush or paint pad. I prefer to use a roller and brush myself and have achieved pleasing results. The paint loads onto the roller very evenly and even when poured into the tray retains it glutinous texture. When applied to the wall it goes on very smoothly with no runs or drips. The only disadvantage I noticed when using a roller and tray, was that after a short time of inactivity (5minutes whilst I painted under the windowsill and skirting board) a fairly thick ‘skin’ appeared over the surface of the paint. This was quite annoying as it had to be removed before I could carry on using the roller otherwise I would have ended up with bits of the skin attached to wall. After one coat of paint I was delighted with the results, a solid colour with a matt finish. As the colour underneath was so light and the new colour so dark a second coat will probably not be needed, I could not say whether this would be the case with a darker colour. A 2.5 litre container of Homebase emulsion is estimated to cover 35 square metres. The brushes and rollers etc were easily cleaned as soon as I had finished with soapy water, the paint also came off my hands very easily and quickly and caused no irritation. As it was a cold day today, I didn’t have the windows open as it recommends on the paint, however I at no time felt any adverse effect from the smell of paint as it is low odour – perfect for any one with a sensitive nose! All in all I would definitely use Homebase paint again, it may be a little more expensive than my lo
cal B&Q but the range of colours is fantastic, the paint is very thick and gives good coverage, making it more economical than other ‘thinner’ paints. As regards the skinning of the paint, I will have to learn to organize myself a little better next time, and paint under the sills and skirting boards from the tin first before loading my roller tray.
Cant think of what paint to buy or that paint is too far expensive so what do I do? When I was painting my house I searched for paint and always come across the two main manufactures are Crown and Dulux, which are the two most expensive. There are several types of paint manufactures that supply company’s own brand of paint such as Homebase, B&Q, and Wicks etc. not many people would compare Crown paints with homebase paint but why? Somebody has to make the paint for Homebase but who believe it or not it’s CROWN and far cheaper. You would actually think in store paints are not good quality paints but you wouldn’t think that it has been made by a top manufacture.
I recently bought some paints from Homebase and was suprised by the range and quality of their range. The product I bought was the all purpose primer. This provides an excellant base for undercoat and then gloss paints on wood - having spent out on new skirting boards thought it best not to skimp on the finishing. The paint was easy to use, requiring little stirring, didn't run and dried fairly quickly. Being all purpose this can also be used on metal and brickwork to provide a key for undercoat / topcoat. One paint that will work with most surfaces. The cost was less than the other brands. The 750ml was £6.99 the 2.5l was 10.99. Very good value at 2.5l but the smaller can looked expensive against the Dulux and Crown equivilents.
We are going through a bit of a decorating pahse at the moment... and many of the rooms in our house have succombed to a good painting. Amidst the types tried have been Dulux, Crown, a wierd one called "homeart" and homebase' own brand. Now it was upon the walls of my own room that I used the Homebase paint, and I needed to cover up a heavy dark blue that had been on the wall for several years. I knew it was going to be a big job, and it was only by chance that I was using the homebase paint. The paint was dubbed "one coat only" however this would only presumably apply should the colour that you wanted to cover be white, or another light cover. It only took two coats to get a beautiful solid sheen finish, and I was very pleased. Infact I finished it today. and looking around me at the moment, I am indeed pleased. The colour I used was "Soft Sage Green" which can best be described as the colour of... well I don't no really... but it's a nice whitish green! Homebase paint is the cheapest (in homebase anyway) and worked better than the other brands we tried. It gets my heart thumbs-up!