Hi all I was asked, by Joan, if I wished to test out the Benjamin Moore Paint in their new Aura Paint line as part of our Blogs membership to Bzz Agent, where Joan and I are both BzzAgents. Joan knew that I still had 2 small rooms to paint since we bought our home 2 years ago. We painted all but the laundry room and the little room that is my “craft and dressing room” because I couldn’t decide the colors I wanted them in and needed to unpack my little pint of paint I had gotten once for free in a favorite color and of course my fabric in more favorite colors that I also wanted to match.
I knew that one gallon of a good quality paint would paint these two tiny rooms in my modest little house, so I wanted to use the same paint for both and have a different personality in each room. One my craft and dressing room… well I now have a star on my door, lol, my Mother thought it was cute that I was calling it my dressing room and picked up a gift of a star for on my door. What else was I to call it when our closet in our bedroom is all of 3 feet wide and we have only enough room for a tall dresser. I needed a place for my clothing in the other 3 foot closet and room for my dresser in that other room. *sigh* And the personality of the other room, since it could be claustrophobic in there, I want it in fun & cheerful colors for the laundry room.
I jumped at the chance and took pictures right away of the door that has been bothering me in the bathroom, that was just lightly coated with what seems to be sprayed on primer, you can’t wash the door or you wash off the so called paint on it… frustrating. As I waited for my coupon for my free gallon of paint & a small can of white eggshell finish paint in Aura to arrive, I read up on this paint and got excited with what I read.
“Aura® is a Green Promise® product, which means each shade and coating is environmentally friendly and low in VOCs.” ~As read in BzzAgent Campaign update email.
(below you can see the color swatches of the Affinity Colors that Benjamin Moore sent me with my BzzAgent package.)
I have fabric I picked out ages ago for my curtains, knowing that someday I would have a house and that it would have to go into my craft room. I also had some paint for the shelves in the little closet of a laundry room in a periwinkle purple. So the challenge was to match colors to something in the fabric for the curtains and make sure it would look nice with the little can of paint for in the other room, the laundry room.
Looking at all the Affinity Color swatches that Benjamin Moore sent me, I knew I had a lot of options, but I thought I bit off more then I could chew. But low and behold, I found each color in the flowers and leaves in the design on the fabric had a color match in these swatches!
Next task, stir up the old periwinkle purple paint and see what works with those color swatches that match and make sure whatever color I choose was pale enough to not overpower both tiny little rooms in our little home. I finally found the color, it’s called Urban Nature and I decided to get the color in a satin finish so it can handle the moisture in the laundry room and it can handle some washing without fading or coming off on the cloth.
I hadn’t bought any high end paint ever for any of my homes, so I about fainted at the $60 for a gallon of paint, though the guy at ACE Hardware told me I will never wish to use any other paint again… I then teased and thanked him for ruining the rest of my painting experience for the rest of my life after this. I admit it, I can’t afford this kind of paint, but I was dying to try it out and see what the huge deal was about.
Next came prep. I spent the day before painting, gathering up the rest of my supplies and cleaning off the front and back of the bathroom door and the living-room door for painting. The next morning I used painters tape and started painting over the old flat paint (or as we suspect primer on the doors) with the new paint. Using the small container of eggshell finish Aura paint in white. The container was so small that really it should have been used for trim, however the trim in this old house was painted wrong and has a lot of peeling and such all over them. And besides that the doors really needed to look cleaned up.
Below are examples of the bathroom door before painting:
Before painting closeup of bottom of bathroom door, this picture shows the bad chalky old paint that wipes off when I tried to wash it.
Cleaned and prepared bathroom door with old flat chalky paint before apply the new paint. Closeup again.
Well the paint went on just right on the doors, the foam brush wasn’t as nice as the paint brush… a roller would have been better for such a big task however since with the old calky like paint on both doors and the yellowed color on it (who knows what color they used) the brush strokes showed up. But the paint levels out nicely and it just took another good coat with the brush to clean up the doors and make them look nice and new.
The door after painting with the new paint, the Ben Moore Aura in White color with eggshell finish. (below)
Unfortunately after taking the before pictures and cleaning up around the walls of the laundry room, I found that washing the walls in there were impossible as it soaked into the walls. Not only did it soak in, but it started peeling the flat paint off in sheets of paint! So I waited for the wall to dry and just coated a small area, instead of doing the whole room. We are going to wait and see how it takes, but talking to several people about the situations it looks like putty knife time and a lot of peeling and starting from scratch with the walls in there. Sigh
my little closet like laundry room, with the terrible paint job and texture on the walls.
An example of what happened after washing the walls in the little laundry room. Unfortunately this means more cleaning and scraping off the old paint first.
Below is the small area that I just had to place my paint on, oh how I wish I didn’t have to scrape all the old paint off first. *sigh*
The other room, my craft room will not get painted for a while, I have tons of boxes in there since I started on this blog with Joan right after I moved to this new house and our previous house (pre apartment life for a few years) was a 2300 sq ft home and this one is just barely 900 sq feet, I have a ton of sorting to do etc before I can clear out that room for a painting. And how much you want to bet that since that room is the same color as the laundry room, we have the same strange peeling problem there as in the laundry room.
You’ve seen before how the color I picked looks with the fabric I am making curtains out of for my craft room. Here is a sample with the paint in Periwinkle Purple that I will be using in my little closet like laundry room. Pretty there too huh? 🙂
The test are that I worked with in the laundry room was with just a brush and I was amazed at how easily the color covered the old color and how nice the satin finish looks on the wall. The color is true to the swatch which is reassuring. Oh and when I went to pick up the pain at the local ACE Hardware, I saw a big rotating display case, taller then me… okay so I am short, but I swear that thing was 6 ft tall full of little sample bottles of the colors of Benjamin Moore paint! I took a picture with my cell phone, but unfortunately I lost it trying to get the picture moved to my computer and all the sudden most all my pictures on my cell phone are suddenly corrupted. I have to say though that that whole display case had me day dreaming about my painting the walls with my decorative painting skills, having a blast with the vines and peekaboo fairies looking out of the vines around a room, like I had planned to do years ago to a room. 🙂
On my computer these pictures aren’t doing the color justice by the way. This is a close up of the Urban Nature (light green) with the satin finish… you can really see the satin finish well in the picture.
I tell you this paint maybe more then what I’d usually pay for paint, but with all positive points to this paint, from the low VOCs, low odor to the high performance, I can see why people would want to buy this paint at this price. There isn’t hardly a scent when it comes to painting with this paint the colors are truly vibrant and I’ve been told about how this holds up very well by a friend that is a professional painter. I am looking forward to painting my rooms with the lovely color I’ve chosen, too bad (with my disabilities & chronic pain) I couldn’t get more done after my package finally arrived from bzz agent, but I have to say I am impressed and excited to have the chance to use this once I get all the prep done on the rooms by scraping off that old paint that started peeling once I cleaned the walls. The color is just dreamy and cheerful to look at.
So, what color is your Favorite color at Benjamin Moore’s Full Color Gallery? What room would you paint that color? I know I could have a blast with many of their colors, making each room have a totally different personality and yet all blend in well with the transition from room to room… just by looking at how the colors from Affinity Colors harmonize with each and every other color in there!