My apartment, other than the recently painted boys’ room, is in desperate need of a coat of paint. I used Benjamin Moore’s Aura for my son’s room and was very pleased with its VOCless goodiness. At $60 a can, however, it was a wee bit pricey for a big project. One thing I didn’t mention in my review was that it actually took almost 2x as much paint for good coverage with the no VOC paint verses the old kind, which is something to consider when planning your paint budget and brings me to why I tried this new paint. Our living room is easily 4x the size, plus the hall and breakfast nook are getting the same color…meaning we will need about 5 gallons of the stuff. Suddenly $60 a can seems a little pricier than before. So I decided to try another VOC Free paint Freshaire Choice, at a mere $35 a gallon. Still not the cheapest, but certainly worth the lack of chemical intake and worth a try.
I started with the hall just in case it was a dud. I must say…it was fine. Now Aura had no smell. Freshaire had a slight smell…not really chemically…but a little odor like silly putty. I did have some slight bubbling over a few spots I had patched with compound and not bothered to prime…but not sure I could blame the paint for my laziness. Overall the color was even and vibrant…with a second coat. I must say…can’t really see too much of a difference to justify the $25 a can more for Aura.
The only drawback I have found so far is that they do not have as many color choices. The ones they do have are absolutely beautiful nature inspired hues…but they might not be for everyone…like nature haters. We went with Tranquil Pond. I’m hopin it will have a calming effect on my little beasties and myself. Ah…who am I kidding. Nothing would tame my brood. Perhaps Tranquilizer Pond. I feel calmer just thinking about it.