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Several years ago we switched my son and daughter’s bedrooms so that my daughter could have the bigger bedroom. You know how it is. Girls just have way more stuff! When my son moved into his sister’s room, the walls were painted a very pale pastel lavender. We figured since it was so close to white you couldn’t really notice it was purple, so we let him decorate his walls with wall decals of all his favourite characters rather than repaint right away. Covered in Angry Birds, Marvel Superheroes, and Spiderman, it looked pretty cool. A little wild and messy, but fun. Not once has he complained about the colour of his walls. Recently he began asking to have his walls painted the blue colour from the logo of one of his favourite YouTube Gamers, DanTDM. I decided it was time to stop being lazy and paint the poor boy’s room!
BEHR MARQUEE® Interior Paint & Primer was the perfect product for the job since it is a one-coat hide paint & primer. I didn’t feel like spending a whole lot of time prepping and priming, and doing multiple coats of paint. Yes, I’m lazy. Selecting the paint colour to use was made so fast and simple with the ColourSmart by BEHR® App. I just selected the image of the DanTDM logo I’d downloaded to my photo library in the app, clicked on the colour in the image I wanted to match, and voila! I was given 3 paint shades to choose from in the BEHR MARQUEE Colour Collection range. I literally did this in the parking lot of The Home Depot® (Behr’s exclusive retailer) right before I popped into the store. I grabbed a paint chip card of the colour suggested and instantly fell in love with the colour, El Capitan MQ4-56. It’s such a stunning, vibrant blue. I knew he would love it. I think this colour would look absolutely fantastic in a bathroom as well. I had them mix up the paint for me, I opted for the eggshell finish, and while they did I grabbed some painting supplies. I think I was in and out of the store in all of 10 minutes! Normally I would be gawking at paint shades for hours, (there are over 1000 Marquee one-coat hide shades available), but the ColourSmart App made it so easy! You can even see how the paint shades look in a variety of real-life rooms. You can also save your projects, coordinate paints from room to room and wishlist your favourite shades all via the App.
The following Saturday I slept in, had a leisurely breakfast with my family, and relaxed on the couch for a while enjoying my 3, shh don’t judge, cups of coffee. It was fairly late in the morning by the time I got around to going up to my son’s room and removing all the decals from his walls. The kids helped me wash down the walls and baseboards and then I quickly filled in the holes and marks in the wall. Then I got started with the painter’s tape. I really hate the whole prep stage of painting! I just wanted to see the beautiful blue on the walls! Then it was time to make the kids lunch and have a bite to eat myself. After lunch it was finally time to start painting.
I have to admit I was pretty nervous. Was this paint really going to be a one-coat wonder? I’d tried one-coat paints years before and hadn’t had much success, not to mention that this time I’d be using a pretty bold colour over an almost white background. Would it really give me full coverage in one coat? Well I am happy to report that it absolutely did. I first cut in with a paint brush and was amazed to see that it was giving full coverage with no visible brush strokes. I started rolling on the paint and, maybe I’m a huge dork, but, once I saw how easily the paint was going on with full, even coverage, I got absolutely giddy. It was just going on so FAST. My 8-year-old daughter had been nagging me to help and when I saw how well the MARQUEE was performing, I stopped being anxious about it and went ahead and let her use the mini roller in some of the smaller areas as well as the big roller on the bottoms of the walls. I gave them a quick once-over after she was done just to make sure things were even, but even my 8-year-old achieved almost flawless results. I spent probably 3X as much time getting the room ready to paint as I did actually painting it.
Here are the before and after results. We rearranged his room after painting so that will look different as well!
I mean how amazing is that blue? El Capitan practically glows. My son is so happy!
The room I painted was quite small, I think about 8×9, and I went through probably 3/4’s of the can of paint. It is a thicker formula than a standard paint, which helps it go on so smoothly and opaquely in one coat. This means you‘ll be expending a heck of a lot less effort and time. The other huge benefit of the thicker formula is that I didn’t experience any dripping or splattering with the paint. Normally, I’d have lots of drips on my drop sheet from moving the roller from the tray to the wall, and even just from painting in general but I didn’t have a single drop. Also, usually when I paint, I end up with small splatters of paint on my face and clothes, as well as on the drop sheets, just from the paint spraying off the roller as you roll. I didn’t have a speck of paint on me! It was so mess-free that I ended up getting rather reckless and stopped worrying about dragging the drop sheet around with me and laying it out perfectly everywhere I went which was another huge timesaver. I had the entire room painted and all cleaned up by 2 in the afternoon. I couldn’t believe it!
The BEHR MARQUEE Interior paint & primer is a stain-blocking, easy-clean formula. It is low in VOCs and it had barely any odour at all. I thought maybe I just didn’t smell it because I’d been exposed to it the whole time, but when my husband came in the house to check out my progress even he commented on the lack of smell.
I am so impressed by this formula that I am now inspired to paint more rooms in my house. I hadn’t painted anything for YEARS prior to this and now I am on a mission! If I can achieve these kinds of results, with this little effort and time investment, then that’s my kind of DIY project! I think my bedroom will be up next. Or maybe my office.
What have your experiences been with one-coat paints? Have you tried the BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint & Primer? If you have a painting project you’d love to tackle, but have been dreading the work it will involve, I highly recommend trying out this paint! You can enter by commenting below to WIN a $100 The Home Depot Gift Card to get your own paint project started. Just comment below with your email address and tell me what BEHR MARQUEE colour you would like to use to your own project but maybe think is too bold. Choose a colour here:http://www.behr.com/consumer_ca/colors/paint. *See below for full contest rules.
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One-coat hide excludes ULTRA PURE WHITE®, colours outside of the MARQUEE Interior One-Coat Colour Collection and all other colours that have not been selected as one-coat hide from other BEHR palettes. Not valid when painting over uncoated, porous or repaired interior surfaces; over woods that contain tannins such as redwood or cedar; or when painting over heavy stains, which may require spot priming, multiple coats, and/or longer dry time.