Here’s a sneak preview of our entryway:
It’s all a work in progress, and heavily so (the trim isn’t painted, the flooring sucks, so on and so forth).
I wanted to paint it all a dark shade but Matt pointed out that the living room’s Moon Dust colour might translate nicely to these walls, which are very visible from the living room. I thought about it for a while before agreeing – and I’m glad we went that direction because it’s a nice, light and bright change compared to the dark green that was in there before. I plan to share more about the entryway soon, but for now, I want to talk about the paint itself. I haven’t found much in the blogging world about BeautiTone paint!
Because we chose to paint our entryway the same colour as three of our living room walls, I was able to try two different formulas of BeautiTone paint in different formulas, on walls that were essentially the same material and same colour before I painted them. We’ve used the less expensive formula, Signature Series velvet, in our house before, as well as the more expensive type, Designer Series suede (which is about the same finish as velvet – both should be comparable to an eggshell finish, I think).
My observations? For the price difference, there doesn’t seem to be a HUGE change in using the lower-quality paint. The coverage seems to be nearly as good, though I did find I had a few more dappled places where the paint hadn’t hit at all on the first coat. Still, with two coats, it’s pretty much flawless, and the colours are bright and true.
I actually found we had more drips with the Designer Series paint, but then again, we were painting paneling so that could be why.
In terms of durability, it’s hard to say, but we painted our bedroom with Signature Series and the nursery with Designer Series within a few months of one another and they appear to be holding up equally well – the paint only comes off if it’s under stress, i.e., we hit it with furniture.
The one major boost to the Designer Series, in my opinion, is that the paint is cured in seven days versus 30 days for standard latex paint. The other bonus is that it’s a primer and paint in one, but in my experience, I’ve still gone ahead and primed every time we used it, when necessary (on new drywall, over patched areas, and over super bright/dark colours), namely because primer is way cheaper than high quality paint.
So – if you have the extra funds, the Designer Series is gorgeous and really wonderful to use, but if you don’t, the Signature Series is just as serviceable. We get the expensive stuff if there’s a sale, or if we’ve earned a free bucket on the buy six cans get one free card, but I’m perfectly happy using the Signature Series for every day paint jobs.