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Have you ever walked into a house and knew immediately that there was a cat living there? Or that someone smoked? Or cooked a lot of fried foods? Gross.
Timing is everything, and when Dutch Boy contacted me asking if I wanted to try and review their Refresh paint, I couldn’t believe my luck, because my contractor had been bugging me to pick a color for the first floor. The half bath off of the dining room seemed like the perfect place to try this odor-absorbing paint.
The deal is this: Dutch Boy Refresh Paint has Arm & Hammer odor absorbing technology. It’s supposed to trap odors in the paint, and they claim that even when scrubbed, the odors won’t get out. That’s really innovative, because paint is like your house’s skin: it covers just about everything. So if it really works, that could make a huge difference in a room.
Other features of the paint are (from their website):
Picking a color was fun, because the choice is just enormous. We ended up choosing Brushed Steel – we thought it would be a nice compliment to the grey-blue covering the rest of that floor. The Dutch Boy website has a very cool feature where you can try different colors together in sample rooms. Definitely helps to see the colors on a big area.
I received two gallons of paint, much more than enough for the little half bath, so at some point we’re going to paint another room with the rest. The paint went on very smooth. It is, of course, hard to accurately show the color – in reality it looks a little more silvery and less blue than this picture shows – but this is fairly close. I’m very happy with the color, it looks like it did online.
It is, of course, impossible for me to do a complete review of the paint right now, because the odor absorbing benefit is something that we don’t get to experience for a while. The workers are doing their part to help us, by smoking on that floor every time they work, and in the week that the paint has been on, I’ve gone right up to it and sniffed it and don’t smell any smoke at all. But still, I think it hasn’t been anywhere near long enough to tell. So I’ll revisit this in six months or so. In the mean time, if you catch me sniffing walls, you’ll know why.