Dang that weekend went WAY too fast. Really, how is it Monday already?! We had so much fun celebrating Easter all weekend with the kids, but I wish it wouldn’t have gone so darn quick. Anyway, today I’m excited to share a side by side comparison and review of Behr chalk paint vs Rust-Oleum chalk paint. I actually just discovered the Behr paint a few weeks ago, so I thought it would be fun to compare it to my go-to, which is the Rust-Oleum chalk paint. I bought a little cabinet for $12 and painted one half with the Behr paint and one half with the Rust-Oleum paint to see how the two compare to each other. It was pretty interesting, so I wanted to share the results of my little test with you guys today!! Ok let’s start with a before photo of the cabinet I used:
Thoughts after the 1st coat of both chalk paints:
- Right away I noticed the Behr paint was a little thicker in consistency, but it went on streaky.
- The Rust-Oleum chalk paint offered more coverage after one coat of paint.
- Both paints went on easily and application was a breeze.
- They also both dried quickly as well–I’d say both sides were dry within 15 minutes.
Thoughts after the 2nd coat of both chalk paints:
- After finishing the second coat it was obvious the Behr chalk paint didn’t give as much coverage as the Rust-Oleum chalk paint.
- You can see in the side by side comparison–the left side (Behr) is more streaky. It definitely needs a third coat of paint.
- The Rust-Oleum paint seemed more pigmented.
- Both applied easily on the second coat and there was no buildup.
- Both dried to a matte finish, but the Behr side was a bit smoother to the touch.
After the paint was fully dried I added a little distressing to both sides with sandpaper. For the sake of this review I didn’t use any finishing wax or sealers. Here’s the finished look:
- For the most part I feel like these two chalk paints are very similar. Both applied easily and adhered well to the cabinet with no prep whatsoever and no primer.
- The biggest difference I noticed was in the coverage–Rust-Oleum offers more coverage per coat of paint and it was less streaky than the Behr paint.
- The cool thing about the Behr chalk paint is that it’s easily tintable to match almost any Behr color. There’s a dark base and a white base, which is what I used for today’s comparison, but you can tint the paint using any color you like. That options isn’t really available with the Rust-Oleum chalk paint–they recommend only mixing it with other chalk paint to make a custom color.
- I think either one of these chalk paints make a great option, but I lean a little more towards Rust-Oleum just because it gives more coverage. However, if you want a custom color, I think the Behr chalk paint is definitely the way to go.
Well I hope you enjoyed my little review and comparison of the Behr chalk paint and the Rust-Oleum chalk paint. I love testing out new chalk paints and it’s always fun to see how they look side-by-side on the same piece of furniture. Anyway, I hope this was helpful if you’ve been wondering about either of these paints! xo
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