I've mentioned here before that I love, love, love Benjamin Moore Advance. It is 100%, my go-to paint for almost everything except walls, when I am not distressing. I love how it self-levels. Even if it looks splotchy while painting, it evens out so nicely within just a few hours. After curing for a week or so it's also rock hard and can stand some serious wear and tear without using a finishing product such as poly or wax.
But, Advance is expensive. Over $50 for a gallon expensive. I can see how for many people, it would be a hard sell. You can pick up a gallon of paint at some big box stores for around $20, so spending double that can be an investment
Well, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane to show you how far one can of Advance can stretch. We bought a gallon of White Dove back in the spring when we finally decided on what colour to paint our cabinets. It's now January and I still have about 1/5th of the can left - not enough to do a dresser, but enough to paint a couple of picture frames or a shelf.
We started off the can by painting our kitchen cabinets.
Then we jazzed up our kitchen island with some beadboard and a fresh coat of paint.
Next up was building our new kitchen table. The legs were painted in White Dove.
**On a side note....looking back on these pictures I am so happy that we decided to paint over the half wall. That was a big uh-oh moment.
Then I got a little artsy with Inkodye and framed my new art in a custom built frame painted white.
Moving on to the guest room, I refinished an ugly dresser. A couple coats of White Dove and a new stencil, and the formerly ugly dresser had a new lease on life.
Lastly, we transformed a hunk o'vaneer desk into a brand new play kitchen for Fin. White Dove to the rescue again!
That's 6 projects (one of which was almost a whole kitchen) using only 1 can of paint! When I bought that gallon back in the spring, I figured that I'd be back at the paint store in a week to buy another gallon just to finish the kitchen. I had absolutely no idea that I would be painting with White Dove for months and months to come. I guess me and White Dove are pretty much BFFs at this point. Good thing I really like the colour. Now the question is what colour do I buy for my next gallon?