Encouraged by our friend Bruce McKenna, we tried Benjamin Moore’s flat matte Aura paint in The Laboratory’s very hard-used kitchen, instead of the usual oil-based eggshell, which we’d assumed was the only really washable paint. But even eggshell would have shown up the really ugly imperfections in this wall. So, in desperation and against our better judgment, we painted backsplash-less wall (we dislike backsplashes for their visual clutter!) and tested the Aura like crazy, seeing if we could wash off cherry and beet juices, reduced red wine, and dabs of olive oil. Hallelujah, we could! Brilliant stuff. The wall looks like matte velvet. One year later, it still looks that way.
We’d recommend it for any wall where you want to disguise the imperfections, say years of old paint. Beyond that, it’s a beautiful finish, and unlike many beautiful things, really practical.
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