Martha Stewart Paint Review

I used Martha Stewart’s new line of paint for The Home Depot this weekend to paint the bedroom. Since I shared a preview of the colors with you a while back, I thought I should now share my experience with the paint. I used flat/matte interior paint in ‘Zinc’. And before you start your next painting project, take a look at the guide I wrote recently: DIY Painting Tips, Tricks, and a Step-By-Step Guide.

Martha Stewart 'Zinc' Paint

Martha Stewart’s paint is Low VOC. I actually like the smell of paint (I know it’s bad for you), but this had hardly any odor. I did notice a slight (not unpleasant) scent when I first opened the paint can, but that was it. What I did notice right away though is that the paint is very thin. Behr is the thickest I’ve used, and I still prefer Benjamin Moore, but the Martha Stewart paint was by far the thinnest. I was a bit concerned but apart from being messy to pour, it wasn’t a problem.

The first coat of paint gave me beautiful coverage and I adore the color. I’m a perfectionist and I always put a second coat on, but I think many people would have been happy with just the first. I painted the ceiling as well as the walls, and I experienced absolutely no splattering (which is often a problem when painting celings). Maybe it’s because of the thin consistency? The only problems I had while painting were the occasional drips from loading too much paint on my brush or roller. I just had to adjust my technique and wipe off more paint before applying to the wall. One gallon was enough to paint my 12’x12′ room.

At first I thought that the paint was fine and that I would use it again without hesitation, but now here’s where the hesitation comes in. We leaned our mattress against the wall while we were bringing furniture back into the room, and when we grabbed the mattress to put it in the bed frame, it slid against the wall a bit. The paint was fully dry, having been finished 36 hours earlier, but the mattress left a few scuff marks. They’re only visible if the light hits the wall in just the right way (I didn’t even notice them until the next morning), but they are there.

I should also note that I have received very mixed reviews from readers. A few people have mentioned using Martha Stewart’s new line of paint and loving it, but a few have absolutely hated it. My final thoughts? There are some beautiful colors to choose from, and I liked the paint a lot, but I didn’t completely love it. Honestly? I would consider using it again, but I’d be just as likely to have it color-matched.

138 Responses to “Martha Stewart Paint Review”

  1. Kathy June 24, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Horrible, horrible paint! I bought the metallic ICE FLOE, and love the color, but HATE the paint. What a waste of $44 per gallon!! We put two coats primer on first, then two coats of paint, following directions precisely about working in a small area. There are streaks and drips everywhere. DO NOT BUY – MS is a ripoff. Shame on Home Depot for carrying such inferior crap!!!

    • jondra October 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      Home Depot has discontinued this paint.

      • ART August 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

        NO IT HASN’T

  2. Carol November 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    I painted my bathroom with Ice Floe and used the Martha Stewart roller as suggested to achieve the color striations. It has a metallic sheen but that’s it. You can see the brush strokes where we cut in around the edges. I am trying to decide if I should do some type of specialty finish over the base so the brush strokes will not be so noticeable. Do you have any suggestions. I would not recommend this paint to anyone. It cost more than other quality brands of paint, is too thin and requires more coats and does not look like the sample. Very disappointed!

  3. TONDA November 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I JUST TRIED THE MARTHA STEWART TEXTURED METALLIC. I DON’T KNOW IF I GOT AN OLD JAR OR IF IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY, IT WAS THE TEXTURE OF MASHED POTATOES. IT WAS REALLY STRANGE TO TRY TO PAINT WITH IT. I WAS JUST TRYING TO DO SOME HIGHLIGHTING, HOWEVER, I AM HAVING TO FILL IN WITH A BRONZE SHARPIE. HAS ANYONE TRIED THIS PAINT AND WHAT ARE THEIR EXPERIENCES?

  4. Chris M December 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    I was disappointed with the Martha Stewart product, I have not painted many walls in my day, however it is thick, but the instructions are shady at best.

    C

  5. Richard Umstead February 13, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    We bought this paint to do our living room in metallic turquios color and the color is beautiful.

    After 2 attempts to apply it according to the instructions online we are not happy with the results. The color and the shine are great but it is impossible to apply it with a roller and have no streaks and roller marks in it.The least change in pressure on the roller leaves a mark.

    The paint seems to dry so fast that when you do the downward blend strokes they leave a roller mark from top to bottom.

    It may be possible to spray it on with good results but We do not recommend rolling it on.

    Save your money and the frustration.

  6. Alex February 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I like this color as im looking to paint my master a charcoal gray but was wondering if you notice any undertones in it? I know grey can have like blue, green, pink etc undertones so have you noticed any?

  7. Amanda March 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Just painted my bathroom with this paint. 2 primer coats,2 metallic coats, and 2 days later….. STREAKS! I am a PERFECTIONIST & made sure i followed all instructions and tried to blend the paint as best i could…. STILL STREAKY!! Good luck to those who use this!

  8. Dennis August 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    I don’t think it is possible to get a good finish with this paint. What a mess it made to a small bathroom. Looks like I will be spending the weekend sanding it off. Do not buy this paint!

  9. D Harrell September 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    The metallic paint is best to use with a sprayer! I used it on my furniture and it is FABULOUS!!!!

  10. Betty Tilley Seddon October 21, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Oh no, the Tide Pool paint is such a lovely color but the application is full of streaks.
    Is there anyway of camouflaging the irregularities? Would a third coat help? The corners reflect white. So disappointing.

    How can I camouflage the irregularities without having to change the color? The roller strokes are quite evident. Such a lovely color but the application was not even. The painter did say the pain t was very thin.

    • patty June 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      Do you have any of the tide pool paint left? Is the color formula by any chance on the can? Home depot has discontinued the paint, there is still some in stock and I want to buy it, but the formula is no longer in the system. (How stupid, they can’t sell the paint left in the store without the formula to mix the colors, but removed the formulas from the system!)

  11. Sally HIll November 5, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    I have used all 3 of her Living Paint and I have to say I love it! Each one has it’s own little niche and you have to work with it – unfortunately – A LOT to get the desired results. But let me tell you, if you have the patience, the look can be spectacular.

    I used the metallic to paint alternating stripes as she shows in her brochure. WOW – I get so many compliments. I think because I broke up the surface into stripes I was able to deal with the streaks better. I could make single rolls from top to bottom. Then through trial and error, I figured out the pressure at which to try and conceal the streaks.

    Yes, I will agree that it is a VERY streaky product and VERY hard to work with, but I love the results and so has every single person that has seen the walls. It looks like it is wall paper, but it’s not.

    Here is my one grip with the MS line. When I asked for the coordinating color to go with Ice Floe, I was told it could only be mixed in Glidden. Big Mistake! I would never use Glidden again. It feels chalky and picks up every bit of dirt off hands, clothes, etc. It’s so bad, I’m thinking of taping the whole room off again and repainting those strips with Behr.

  12. Charlie December 29, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    Do not buy this product. It leaves streaks just as others have said. The color does not come out like the sample. This paint sucks…

  13. kevin hughes April 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    I am so disappointed in the Metallic Ice Floe. I followed the directions exactly, and the finished product looks nothing like the sample. Home Depot should pull this crap. ugghh!!

  14. Sherry April 28, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Sadly, I wish I had seen these comments BEFORE buying the “tin” metallic paint. I have only done the cutting in so far, but am not at all happy with the results. Drippy, brush strokes, looks awful. I was hoping if I rolled it and then used the round texture brush (which I can’t find anywhere – it was in the book that came with the metallic paint)that bit of texture would hide the brush strokes. Given the comments here, I don’t hold out much hope. Very disappointing.

    • Candy May 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

      Hi Sherry, i wish i myself would have read these before too! I bought the MS Metallic silver paint.
      First i bought 2 gallons, and because of the streaking I thought the guy did a horrid job. So I had someone else come and do the job, and had to pay for another 2 gallons, used the proper brushes and same thing!! After 4 coats of this paint i had ENOUGH!! This paint should ONLY be used for like projects.

      Anyway, I wanted to keep that color no matter what. So i found the Ralph Lauren Silver Metallic Paint, and let me tell you IT WAS WORTH the 47.98/gallon! I dont know why I didn’t just buy this brand to begin with! Only thing is they sell it online, and you have to buy the specialty rollers, and it’s GUARENTEED!!

      I complained to Home Depot about the MS paint, and they could not return it, but were able to at least credit me to get some bher paint, which i love. And used those colors for another bedroom.

      Anwyay, if you still want that look go with ralp lauren! beautiful colors!

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