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August 1, 2019

Chalkboard paint can add a design edge to any room in the house–and make communicating a lot more playful too!

From large hand-drawn murals to delicate labels on bottles and jars, chalkboard paint offers endless opportunities. It also makes schedules and to-do lists more fun. Benjamin Moore’s ben® Chalkboard, available in thousands of colors, makes it all possible.

A family uses an in-shed chalkboard to track their garden's process.

Get Creative: Chalkboard Paint Ideas

A bedroom features built-in bunk beds with a chalkboard wall, bookcases and striped rug.

Chalkboard paint lets you unlock your creative side. Incredibly flexible, a chalkboard surface can even act as a dynamic substitute for art. 

A royal blue chalkboard adds depth to a living room with French doors.

• Let a chalkboard wall stand alone as an accent or feature wall in any room.
• Add whimsical architectural details like hand-drawn moldings to a communal wall.
• Turn tables into an empty slate for art or games.
• Labels look better using chalkboard paint– storage boxes, cabinets and drawers, serving trays, planters, vases…the list is endless!

A shopping list adorns the chalkboard door of a rustic-looking pantry.

Edit and erase as you go: Chalkboard paint is specially engineered so that chalk wipes off easily, giving you a clean and colorful canvas, time after time.

A bold chalkboard calendar keeps a busy family on schedule from this home’s entryway.

Can’t Miss Messaging

Sure we’re all digitally connected, but nothing beats a quick “at-a-glance” visual of the day ahead. From shopping lists to tracking fantasy football, a chalk wall helps strengthen communications with a heavy dose of fun! 

Paint a calendar along the entryway in eye-catching Million Dollar Red 2003-10 to give family members a last reminder of their day as they head out the door. 

Chalkboard paint colorfully merges work and life, allowing you to ideate on the go.


Select Any Color

You can create erasable chalkboard walls in any one of our premium 3,500+ colors; here’s a small sampling.

2118-30 | Ebony Slate

Ebony Slate2118-30

2074-30 | Twilight Magenta

Twilight Magenta2074-30

AF-495 | Azores

AzoresAF-495

2050-30 | Newport Green

Newport Green2050-30

HC-87 | Ashley Gray

Ashley GrayHC-87

2116-10 | Night Shade

Night Shade2116-10EXPLORE COLORS


A gray kitchen chalkboard serves as a place to write recipes while cooking.

Easy Does It

Just as chalkboard paint can make your life a little easier, the formulation of Benjamin Moore’s ben® Chalkboard paint makes painting chalkboard surfaces as easy as possible too. 

Our ben Chalkboard paint is a DIY favorite, formulated for easy application. It’s also available in thousands of colors. Goodbye green or black chalkboards, hello designer-quality color.

A chalkboard door in a yellow entryway provides a way for families to leave notes for one another.

Art for All

Little ones are going to draw on the walls anyway—chalkboard paint provides a strategically placed space for them to dream in color. 

However, kids shouldn’t be the only ones to get in touch with their inner artists. Shelves painted with chalkboard paint presents a cool way to label items with hand-drawn illustrations – think a leaf for herbs or an apple for fruits. Empty decorative frames open an invitation for guests to fill in doodles, anecdotes, or words of inspiration–all with artistic flourish. 

And with ben Chalkboard paint available in smaller quart sizes, you can easily experiment in a range of colors.

July 29, 2019

Wood Adirondack chairs painted in a white paint color hero

With smart planning, painting and staining your outdoor furniture can take place in less than a weekend.

There are many different types of outdoor furniture types—wicker, wrought iron, aluminum and plastic—but wood is by far the most popular. Whether you go with an opacity that allows your wood furniture’s natural grain to show through or opt for an opaque solid in your choice of 3,500+ colors, a fresh stain on outdoor furniture will yield a great new look.

Staining and painting outdoor furniture is a lot easier with expert advice to guide you. Follow these steps to achieve the best results.

Step #1: Prepare the Surface

The first step in staining or painting outdoor furniture is to make certain that the wood is absolutely dry and free of mold and mildew. Be sure to check the undersides, too.

If the old surface has stains from mold or mildew, you can properly prepare the surface by using a premium cleaner like Benjamin Moore® Clean (318). For mild cases, you can mix up your own solution using one part of household bleach to three parts water (it’s best to do this outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.) Be sure to rinse the furniture and allow it to completely dry before applying the stain.

If the weather is cold, move the furniture indoors to dry; in milder weather, it’s enough to place the furniture in a garage, carport, or other shelter from the rain. Don’t cover the furniture with plastic or a tarp, as that will not allow enough air circulation for thorough drying.

Step #2: Sand

The next step is to sand the surfaces to be stained. If the old finish is in fairly good condition, it’s enough to just roughen the surface. Start with coarse-grade sandpaper, working with the grain. An orbital hand sander is the perfect tool for this job, if you have one. If the old finish is in bad condition, you may choose to remove all the old finish down to the bare wood. This can be accomplished with a quality wood stain remover such as Benjamin Moore® REMOVE (315).

Step #3: Prime

If the old painted or stained surface is still intact after sanding, you can skip priming. However, if you’re going to apply a lighter color over a dark one, if the wood is exposed, if there are knotty sections, or if any stains remain, you should use a high-quality primer formulated for outdoor use, such as Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start® High-Hiding All Purpose Primer (046) or Arborcoat Oil Primer (366).

For all priming, brush on the primer working with the grain using a high-quality Benjamin Moore Nylon/Polyester brush.

Step #4: Stain

If you are staining outdoor wood furniture, consider a product that’s strong enough to protect decks: ARBORCOAT®Exterior Stain. Formulated to protect against the harshest weather conditions as well as UV rays, ARBORCOAT offers a range of colors and opacities, including:

If you’ve primed the surface, one coat of stain will be enough. If you skipped the primer, you may want to apply a second coat. Let the furniture dry in a clean, dust-free, well-ventilated area. Don’t leave it outside to dry, as wind and air may deposit dust and particles onto the wet surface.

Once the furniture is dry, you’re good to go. Situate your furniture where it won’t be under a drip line from a roof or tree limb. An occasional light wash with dish detergent and warm water will help you enjoy your outdoor furniture for years to come.

Get more color and design inspiration for outdoor furniture from our decks page.

Beyond Wood

If you have wicker furniture, wrought iron patio furniture, plastic outdoor furniture, or questions on painting any other type of outdoor furniture, visit us at The Paint Centers- your local, independently owned Benjamin Moore retailer to get expert prep instructions and product recommendations. 

June 1, 2019

When painting the exterior of your house and other outdoor features, you have two important characteristics to keep in mind: how well it lasts and how good it looks.

Painting a house is no small investment, so choosing the best paint color for the exterior surfaces of your house means picking colors that look great and last. Benjamin Moore Aura® has you covered with durable paints that resist the punishing effects of weather—and have a lifetime limited warranty to prove it.

Residential apartment buildings

Foolproof Color Picks

Traditional home with red door and wrap-around porch

To narrow down your color choices, build an exterior palette around the elements of the house that won’t change, such as roofing materials and stone or brick components. Pick contrasting but complementary colors to highlight architectural elements and add dimension. Similar color undertones will link the elements together.

Colonial-style home with dark blue front door

Take a Look Around

A barn-style vinyl-sided garage features large white doors.

The best inspiration may come from stepping outside. Select hues that are compatible with your neighborhood, architectural style and natural surroundings. For exterior colors inspired by classic American design and architecture, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection for tried and true favorites that are perfect for any home.

Stucco exterior with colorful shutters and brick walkway

The Right Light

Just like interior paint colors, exterior colors shift depending on how the light hits them—and can look different when applied than they do on a chip. Make regret-free choices by buying a quart of paint and applying it on inconspicuous areas of all sides of your house. Visit your samples throughout the day until you’re comfortable with your choice.

Dark blue barn exterior with large stone walkway with stairs

Finish Lines

Colonial-style home with dark blue front door

Color is only one aspect of an exterior paint choice; sheen is another important factor. Low Lustre finish is a top choice for the main siding color—the low-reflective finish adds a slight gloss, hides surface imperfections and cleans well. Semi-gloss paints add extra durability and clean up easily, making them a good choice for areas such as windowsills that bear the brunt of weather shifts. High gloss finishes make color look richer but magnify surface imperfections.

Colonial-style home with dark blue front door

Find the Perfect Color for Your Home Exterior

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ben® Exterior Paint

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May 1, 2019

Refreshing your deck and protecting it at the same time is made easier with ARBORCOAT® Exterior Stains, ensuring both durability and style when spending time with friends and family outdoors.

Pink flip flops sit on a cedar deck stained in ARBORCOAT Solid in New Pilgrim Red.
Hydrangeas sit on a pine deck stained with ARBORCOAT Solid stain in Richmond Bisque.
A furniture-filled enclosed porch features a ceiling and floor stained with ARBORCOAT Translucent in Mahogany, while the exposed beams stand out in ARBORCOAT Solid in Black.
Stains offer different opacities–the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood–as seen here: Clear, Translucent, Semi Transparent, Semi Solid and Solid.

Opacity 101

When it comes to the impact stain will have on your deck’s design, understanding opacity is key. 

Opacity is the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood, achieved by using one of the following… 

  • Clear stain has no color added and shows the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Translucent stain doesn’t obscure grain and texture of wood and includes just the slightest tone.
  • Semi Transparent stain allows most of the grain and texture to show through, with slightly more prominent color.
  • Semi Solid stain, with its deeper shades, covers most imperfections while allowing some of the grain and texture of the wood to show through.
  • Solid stain offers the greatest color depth of all, covering the majority of imperfections while allowing the texture of the wood to peek through lightly.
An outdoor deck stained in ARBORCOAT Semi Solid in Cordovan Brown features cushion-covered couches, a bucket of cold drinks and a fireplace.

Considering Color: Choices Abound

When thinking about color for your deck, consider the same shade as your home’s trim. This technique will make it stand out against the main field of your house for a unified look that still highlights your deck’s architecture. 

For a more monochromatic look, use a similar shade as your house’s primary color, a good choice if you want features like your fire pit or dining area as your deck’s focal point. 

There’s a huge spectrum of color to explore, from driftwood grays to warm russets to woodland greens.

A backyard porch overlooking a lake with a boat features a deck and railings stained in ARBORCOAT Translucent in Silver Gray.

Wood Matters

Wood remains the most common choice for decks. More expensive hardwoods such as mahogany or ipe offer gorgeous grain and texture that shine through when using a more transparent stain like Transluscent or Semi Transparent. Softer, less expensive woods, including pressure treated southern yellow pine or cedar, benefit from Semi Solid and Solid stains’ innate weather barrier. 

Wood alternatives known as “composite decking” are also a popular choice. While often sold as maintenance-free, composite decks demand protection from color fading as well as from the elements–just like their wood counterparts; Arborcoat Solid Deck & Siding Stain provides excellent color retention for these popular decking choices.

An exterior porch with pillars of yellow flowers features siding and railings stained in ARBORCOAT Solid in Sea Gull Gray, a door and porch floor stained with ARBORCOAT Translucent Cedar, and a ceiling stained in ARBORCOAT Translucent Teak.

Narrow the Scope

Not ready to go big? Repainting or staining wood outdoor chairs and tables is less of an intensive project than redoing your entire deck. Almost any bright color pops off neutrals and wood tones in an eye-catching way and revitalizes decking with ease.

Another option is to stain your deck’s handrails and bannisters only. Pull from your interior color palette to visually–yet subtly–unite indoors and out. Or consider using a combination of stains to designate where one section of your deck begins and another section ends.

Pint samples of Arborcoat are a smart way to audition your stains; use them on the actual wood you'll be coating to see true color accuracy.

Audition Your Stains

It’s easy to “try on” stains on the actual wood you want to coat: In fact, there’s no better way to see true color accuracy. 

Ready to turn inspiration into reality? We’re here to take you every step of the way, from prep to finish. Watch our how-to video to see how we do it, then download the PDF for the step-by-step method. 

Pint-sized samples are available in all ARBORCOAT opacities as well as Solid Stains, which are available in all 3,500+ Benjamin Moore colors.

Briarwood Arborcoat® Semi Solid
Spellbound Arborcoat® Semi Solid

Find the Perfect Color and Opacity for Your Deck

Count on the experts at your local, independently-owned Benjamin Moore retailer for support. Visit The Paint Centerstoday!

April 18, 2019

Good news for homeowners with vinyl siding: You can enjoy premium Benjamin Moore paint color while locking in optimal performance. No re-siding necessary.

With 900+ colors to choose from, Regal® Select REVIVE® offers an enhanced vinyl siding design opportunity. From hundreds of deeper, richer colors to lighter, soft neutrals, REVIVE reshapes the aesthetic potential of vinyl siding.

Gray vinyl siding frames a front door in a deeper gray from an enclosed front entryway.

Refresh. Reinvigorate. Reinvent.

Benjamin Moore debunks the misconception that you can’t paint vinyl siding. 

Pushing that theory further, we’ve developed a paint specially formulated for vinyl siding and trim in a remarkable range of 900+ premium colors. 

From Wedgewood Gray HC-146, seen here, to darker hues like Tarrytown Green HC-134 and Night Horizon 2134-10, there are hundreds of colors to from which to choose. In fact, many colors in the REVIVE Colors for Vinyl Siding color collection are from the Historical Collection, Affinity® Collection and other Benjamin Moore color palettes that designers and discerning homeowners consider essential.

A white vinyl-sided home with a red window-paned front door and enclosed front portico welcomes guests.

“REVIVE EMPOWERS HOMEOWNERS TO REPAINT THEIR VINYL SIDING, NOT REPLACE IT, OFFERING POPULAR EXTERIOR SHADES THAT WERE FORMERLY UNAVAILABLE FOR VINYL SIDING HOMEOWNERS.”—HARRIETTE MARTINSSENIOR BRAND MANAGER


REVIVE® Colors for Vinyl Siding

Here is a small sampling of the 900+ color collection, specially formulated for optimal performance on vinyl siding and trim.

2112-40 | Stone

Stone
2112-40
AF-295 | Pomegranate

Pomegranate
AF-295
2131-60 | Silver Gray

Silver Gray
2131-60
AF-455 | Croquet

Croquet
AF-455
HC-154 | Hale Navy

Hale Navy
HC-154

The impact that UV light and weather have on vinyl siding is shown.

Vinyl Siding Paint: The Basics

In addition to the deluxe look a fresh coat of REVIVE brings to your vinyl-sided home, there are also many important practical perks: 

  • 900+ premium colors– Safe for vinyl siding and trim
  • Durability– Resists fading, cracking and peeling
  • Paint & Primer Together– Saves time
  • Mildew Resistant
  • Resists Buckling– Even in darker shades
  • Superior Adhesion– Benjamin Moore’s proprietary Vinyl Lock technology safely refreshes the look and color of your home

REVIVE ensures your most valuable investment–your home–will always look its best.

Regal® Select Exterior REVIVE® for Vinyl Siding

Regal® Select Exterior REVIVE® for Vinyl Siding

Regal Select REVIVE is specially formulated for optimal performance on vinyl siding and trim, for a fresh look in a wide range of colors.

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Quart of Aura Grand Entrance paint in front of a home with bright blue door.
March 18, 2019

Give your front door a dose of fresh color to perk up a home’s exterior and extend a gracious welcome.


Refreshing your door with a glossy new coat of paint is a quick way to make a lasting first impression.

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance® line, specially formulated for front doors, is available in any color.

A Case for Contrast

Green front door with matching window shutters

Most exterior paint colors and materials lean toward neutral shades, so a colorful front door is a chance to express your personal style through a central exterior architectural feature. Adding a statement color to the front door is comparable to what a silk scarf or tie does for an outfit—a small dose of color can do wonders to uplift the façade of a home while complementing the architecture and surrounding landscape.

Warm Welcome

Traditional, All-American front door with vinyl siding

Hot shots of red, yellow or orange are naturally warm and exuberant. Vivid accent colors make a strong design statement but mix surprisingly well with most other shades, especially the neutrals most often used as the primary color of a house.

Stay Cool

Color coordinated front entrance with dark green door and green side panels

Green, gray and blue doors are a naturally gracious expression for the entrance to your home, especially when they contrast with a house’s warm undertones. For impact, search for saturated colors that will pop from surrounding architecture.

Notes on Harmony

Red front door, white porch, and light blue shutters

Take your color cues from inside the house to pick a paint color you’ll love. Think about the colors of the space your door will open into. Pull a strong accent color from those spaces for color continuity or choose a more saturated shade of a primary interior color. And don’t worry about fading. Benjamin Moore Aura Grand Entrance is as durable as it is beautiful, specially formulated to go on smoothly and retain its color and gloss. 

Ready to turn inspiration into reality? We’re here to take you every step of the way, from prep to finish. Watch our how-to video to see how we do it, then download the PDFfor the step-by-step method.