June 5, 2015

Review: Behr Marquee Paint

The color isn't as blue in this photo, fyi!
I can sum this up in one word for all of you who don't have the time to read through endless posts on paint...AWESOME. Yup, I'd was skeptical and hesitant to purchase a gallon of this paint due to numerous negative reviews (and positive too), but I'm glad I splurged. The gallon cost me $60.97 cdn at Home Depot (and I'm getting a $7 rebate too!) and worth every penny, I think it's around $10 more a gallon than the other Behr paint and primer paint I've used in the past.

Does this cover in one coat? I would say yes...but also want to add in that you will be using more paint each time you roll than you're used to. I read a lot of negative reviews saying that it streaks, that it took someone 3 gallons to cover one room, that this paint is only for professionals who know what they are doing...nay I say! Nay. I'm no professional by any means, but I have painted 3 rooms prior to this so I sorta know what I'm doing here. Anyways, keep on reading after the jump for my experience painting with a gallon of Behr's Marquee paint.

Cutting into walls is fun for the first 10 minutes, and then you
realize how much wall is left and think, 'well shit.'
Jump! So the original wall color I started off with was a slightly-darker-than-light grey and I chose Behr Marquee's Magnet color in a satin finish, the darkest grey they had. I used a paint brush and a lint-free roller to complete the nursery (which was approximately 100 square feet) in one coat and I still have about a quarter of my gallon left. 

I started by taping off the baseboards and laying out my drop cloth (ok, it was plastic, so my drop plastic?) then I cut in to the walls with my paint brush. After cutting in I used my roller. A few tips I had read in order to make this paint job as easy as possible were 

  1. Use one of the Behr Marquee colors in their Marquee palette. You can color match to any other color, but it's not guaranteed that you will get one-coat coverage.
  2. Lay on the paint thick, thicker than you are probably used to, thick enough to coat the wall so you cannot see any of the existing color behind it once rolled.
  3. Work quickly.

So that's what I did, I laid on the paint thick (not enough that you see paint dripping down the wall) and made sure to coat my roller after every other stroke, made sure to blend all the lines and not roll over any spot more than a few times (as I heard some people say that the roller would pick up the existing layer of paint and make it patchy...I never experienced this). I think I completed the entire room using the roller in about an hour! 

I'm extremely happy with how the room turned out and thrilled that I only had to do one-coat, because quite honestly, by the time I finished the room I was exhausted and did not want to have to do that again. I put a post on Instagram that said "cutting into walls is fun for the first 10 minutes, and then you realize how much wall is left and think 'well shit'. Yup, that was me. 

As for the finish in the room, I do notice that there are some areas that you can see the overlap lines, but that's only if you are looking at the walls from an angle with natural light shining on it. I'm going to be throwing a huge decal onto the wall pictured so it won't matter anyways, and it's really not that noticeable.

Another tip I would add is when you are cutting in with a brush, LOAD IT UP. Again, not so that it drips, but to ensure thick coverage, I noticed there were some edges near the ceiling where I kinda cheaped out or brushed too many times and after all the paint was dry, I had to go back and touch up with another layer. Do it right the first time people.

That orange splotch is a decal, testing to make sure it sticks!

The color itself is perfect, I wanted a dark grey but not so dark it would look black in lighting (ignore the crappy photo, I'm too lazy to wait for a bright day or to setup lights to take a nice photo). 

Overall I'm super happy with the Behr Marquee paint and would totally recommend it to others, when we paint my son's room in the future, you can bet that I'm picking up a gallon of the Marquee paint! 

Happy painting!