I have something weird to do today - I have not nice things to say, about a paint product, specifically Lullaby Paints.
I feel so strange writing this post! I rarely write a bad review on a product. I think I've only written maybe one bad review on paint before (*cough* Sherwin Williams *cough*). I've been fortunate in that 99% of the time, when I follow a product's instructions and take my time - my furniture makeovers turn out great. When there have been mishaps, it's just about always user error - I skip or forget a step and I end up with a mess that I can only blame myself for.
Not this time.
Okay so here's the deal. I think that there is a place for just about everything, and when it comes to Lullaby Paints there's no exception. The concept of the brand is fantastic - water based, zero VOC, self priming, and baby safe paint. This paint was created for freaks like me who need to paint every possible surface, including their future son's hand me down crib, but don't want to worry if the paint will be toxic for baby. Who wouldn't be on board with that?!
The thing is, while the paint has a great reputation for safety, the quality is just not up to par. The jar claims that you'll just need to do two coats of paint. Well I've been refinishing furniture for a few years now, and I know that when you're going from deep dark brown to a shade of grey that's almost white - it's going to take more than two coats. I don't blame a paint brand for that. But when it takes so many coats that I literally lose count - that's just plain annoying.
Also - it just doesn't look how it says it will. I ordered a semi-gloss finish. Again, this is not my first rodeo - I've painted so many pieces of furniture over the years and I know what finishes make sense for different projects. I know that babies are messy and semi-gloss is easy to wipe clean. I knew after the second coat that this wasn't going to look how I expected - and I take responsibility for that, I should have contacted customer service at that point, because the finish was almost matte, satin at best. I love satin and matte finishes, but the issue with a crib is that it's going to be much harder to clean without damaging the surface. Which brings me to my last negative point:
This paint chips and peels. First off - it does not require sanding. The jar instructs that the surface must be clean, but that's it. When I got about a million coats of paint on the unassembled crib and it had time to dry, I asked my husband to put it together. By the time it was assembled there were so many chips and peels, queue the hormonal monster within:
I was so upset! It took an embarrassing amount of time to get motivated to touch up the damaged areas.
Okay so enough with the negative - because there are some positive points I'd like to make!
The shade of grey is BEAUTIFUL. While the finish wasn't what I wanted, the color is perfect.
While I did have to paint one too many coats, the paint does dry incredibly fast. Yesterday was when I finally touched up the damaged areas and it didn't take much time at all because of how fast each coat dried.
I don't have to worry about our son in the crib thanks to the disclaimer.
Would I use it again?
If I were to do it all over again, I probably just...wouldn't. Unless I was able to find another baby safe paint that I knew would work well - I probably would just leave the crib as is. This took WAY too long to have results that aren't perfect.
Check out the before & progress pics for the crib here. Paint I highly recommend, that I just used for a changing table makeover - click here.
Have you ever used Lullaby Paints before? Am I just using them wrong? Is there another paint that's safe for babies? Comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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