Have you ever wondered what the best interior paint brand are to buy
that will give you the best quality and most value for your money?
I was really interested in finding out the truth because
I do so much painting with my furniture projects and walls.
You might have asked friends, relatives or the paint counter guy.
And we all have our opinions and experiences with certain brands, but
did you know that several major paint brands have been
carefully tested by Consumer Reports and a new review is out!
And guess who just became a Consumer Reports reading nerd and is about
to share a few of their surprising results with you?? Me!
So, in CR's overview they tell you that
"the best interior paints hide with as little as one coat".
Here are a few categories that show you the best ratings and their retail value:
"Best for most; less work, low VOC's"
Benjamin Moore $66
They explain that Benjamin Moore beat Behr "by a nose" but when it comes to value, Behr "remains several lengths ahead".
So, wouldn't it be worth it to buy a higher quality paint that you
would use less of in the long run because it covers so well? I think so!
And here are some results in the low-luster paint category:
"Almost as good for less"
Royal Interiors, $28
And low-luster for sunny areas:
Benjamin Moore, $50
So, the only paints I've ever tried on their list are Valspar, Glidden, and Kilz, which all scored well in general and are recommended. Good to know! (I've also used Martha Stewart which I've been happy with, but this brand wasn't tested.)
A few things I was surprised by was that Sherwin Williams paint scored almost last-I know people who swear by their paint (which isn't cheap, if you've noticed). But I wasn't surprised that Wal Mart's brand Color Place scored last. (not my favorite store).
When you are shopping for paint, Consumer Reports gives a helpful tip : "Dont buy strictly by brand. Even within a brand, performance varies widely among finishes and lines." Sound confusing? You can get their full report along with a helpful chart in March's 2012 issue.
I hope the little tid bits I've shared have been as helpful to you as they've been to me! I'm
officially addicted to reading this magazine now and want so share some of the helpful
tips I find as new issues arrive.
If you've been following along you might know that I've been trying a few Anthropologie-inspired projects. And I have been having fun with them!
(Have you seen my table in my last post?)
I hope you come back these next few weeks as I reveal more projects!
Thanks for stopping by today!