Thanks to a recommendation from my sister, Kathy, several years ago, I mostly use Wal-Mart’s Color Place paint. I have generally been very happy with this particular brand of paint. It covers fairly well and it is less than $15 per gallon. YEAH! I know it is not at all considered a high quality paint. I have used the more expensive brands that cost $40 per gallon and upward and I can honestly say I can’t tell the difference with how easily it applies or with how it wears. As often as I change may paint color (historically every 3-4 years) it has served me well.
I would probably recommend a higher quality paint for exterior use. This might be a good interior paint, but my labor is worth something. I can paint most rooms in a day or less depending on the size of the room, but the exterior of the house takes several days to paint. If it didn’t hold up well, that’s a lot of labor to repaint it. It might be just fine, but I’m personally not willing to take the risk.
The color I have been using a lot of lately is called Hot Cafe Au Lait. As I work my way from room to room, I test a little section and it seems to go with everything. It is a very good medium toned neutral and I haven’t been unhappy with my choice yet.
But frustrating moments are bound to happen to any avid DIY’er. You all know that Tanner painted the laundry room for me a while back but didn’t get to cutting in. Even though the wood work and cabinets are not installed, I still wanted the room to look a little more completed by finishing the brush work next to the ceiling and in the corners. He had used almost an entire gallon of paint with just a little bit left in the bottom of the can. I finished the can and need just a tiny bit more to complete the job. I had another gallon sitting around ready for my next room. I opened the can and stirred it very well. After the paint dried, IT WAS NOT THE EXACT SAME COLOR.
The tile is done and I thought the paint was done. Now the only option I can think of is to repaint the whole room again. I’m not saying that it is the fault of the Wal-mart paint as this has happened with other brands as well. The experts all say to mix numerous gallons together in a 5 gallon bucket. This works great if you know exactly how much paint you will use, but what about when you think you will only need a gallon and you end up needing just a bit more? Not a practical suggestion in this situation. What are your painting mis-haps?