PPG Pittsburgh Paint: The Voice of Color Paint review – Honey, you left the lights on in the dining room
I love colors, I love them so much that I had counted and found 11 different shades on the walls all around my house. We have been living in this home for almost four years and I am almost out of virgin walls to paint. An offer from Pittsburg Paint to try some of their new colors from the Voice of Color 2013/2014 collection sounded just the right thing to do in the gloomy-rainy season to bring a little shine into our home.
This is how our dining room looks on the before pictures: having a south facing home contributes to the lack of sun in this room … and when I say lack of sun, I really mean it, no precious rays have ever entered this room. Needless to say, I was desperate for a color change that would lighten this room up. My living room is a pretty deep olive green and I have tons of earthy reds and browns throughout the great room so YELLOW was just the color I needed here.
The 2013/2014 Color Trends from PPG were on these chips …. see my choice smiling at you – SUN SHOWER. It is bold; it is bolder than I thought it would be and I love it. My experience purchasing the paint was by far the most pleasant ever. I am one of those stand-in-the-line-on-Saturday-morning-with-the-kids-running-around kind of paint shopper … not exactly a relaxing experience. I went to Miller Paint that carries PPG products and they treated me like I was a journalist from the New York Times. I must give five stars for the service and for the provided information because I keep thinking I may not be able to go back to the Depot.
I have received a box with all the painting supplies: drop cloth, masking tape, two rollers, a tray and an official Voice of Color painting t-shirt. The paint I got was premium quality eggshell, washable with an elegant finish … don’t those terms just make you want to get painting. I always use eggshell in my house to avoid that gray stripe – at around that 2 feet height – which comes from messy children’s paws. This finish wipes off as a champ.
I have to mask. Even though I think I am an experienced painter, I am not. Real painters don’t need masking tape. Masking however allows me to be efficient with my time. When my babies were smaller I would mask at naptime – which usually doesn’t take more than a good hour – and paint at night. Masking also helps to have a fast cleanup – I like to have that kabooom factor when my family wakes up to a brand new room color and everything is back to normal. So I vote for masking – if you are a mommy or just simply busy, this first prepping step will make the painting process so much easier. I masked my whole dining room in about 45 minutes while dinner was simmering on the stove and the children were doing homework.
I usually use drop cloth made out of heavy canvas. PPG however sent me this biodegradable disposable kind that worked like a charm. When I masked the baseboards I didn’t fold the tape down but pressed the drop cloth underneath ot … oh it was like a sealed down chemist lab. That red bucket on this picture is the best invention since sliced bread: it has disposable inserts, your hand slides right it and has a magnet to keep your brush clicked to the inside without being drenched in the paint…. cut away baby, cut away.
Cutting first all around the edges makes for quick rolling. Within an hour my dining room looked like this. The paint was super thick and provided good coverage. I am in love with paint and primer in one products because with two coats I am golden, guaranteed. With this paint – not being paint and primer in one – I did a really generous first coat and rolled over it one more time in suspicious spots after it has been dried for an hour. I was pleased to see that it reached the same result with only truly one coat.
Initially I was a little hesitant to paint in March just because I can’t open windows to get rid of the odor and speed up the drying process. This PPG paint however had hardly any smell and dried extremely fast. When I woke up in the morning and stepped into my sunshine filled dining room, there was no a trace of smell left.
Could I just tell you about cleanup? After I pulled off all the masking tape, it took less time to do it than for me to tell you about it. D-R-E-A-M … And here is my brand new sunshine filled dining room
I put on my light drapes, got out my Easter eggs and it spring full blast in our house. I absolutely love the color. It makes my dining room so bright that I keep thinking that I left the lights on. I have a great quality coat on this very busy area that is durable, has great shine and a county kitchen feel. I can’t wait to find new things to decorate with … the color certainly inspired me.
“In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with PPG Pittsburgh Paints and received product, coupons, premium items and reader giveaway items as part of my participation. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own. “
Orshi is a mother of three, a full time teacher, a gardener, a baker and lover of crafty things. She was born and raised in Hungary so getting dirty is an everyday business in her house.