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    Question Paint too dark

    So when Masters were going out of business we managed to pick up some interior paint really cheap. Only problem is Hubby was at the store and i was at home (three hrs away) and trying to choose a colour over the phone was REALLY tricky.
    So the problem i have is i have painted one room and have decided that the paint colour (grey) is really too dark.
    Do you think if i took the paint to Bunnings that they might be able to help lighten in (obviously at a cost)?

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    Doesn't hurt to ask. If they can't/won't do it, you could ask for advice on how to DIY. Or maybe try adding some white to it? That would lighten it I think? Could do a little bit of the tin as a trial and just add a little bit at a time and mix thoroughly.

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    Is it a paint sold at bunnings? If not, I don't think they would. But just call and ask.

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    I work in a specialist paint store, the only real way to lighten paint is to add more white paint, the white tinter is more of a filler than a lightener. I'd suggest grabbing a few white sample pots and mixing it in to a depth you are happy with. Reserve some paint if you ever want to paint again so you can have the colour matched at a paint shop. I used to work at Bunnings and depending on who you get this can be simple or it can be a nightmare so I would go somewhere where they only deal with paint. Good luck

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    What colour did you pick?

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    Our painter did a half strength of our chosen colour. When we reno'd our last house I'd said I wasn't sure about the colour (too dark) so he offered to do it half strength - turned out great. In the house we built I chose the colour (mushroomy colour) and requested half strength which also turned out great. I'm not sure what is involved to make it half strength but maybe you could ask at a paint shop?

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    Is there a specialty paint store nearby not just bunnings?
    Id call there and ask if they can assist

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    You can always darken colours but lightening/halfing requires you to add more white paint.

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    Default Paint too dark

    Quote Originally Posted by lisaandshaun View Post
    So when Masters were going out of business we managed to pick up some interior paint really cheap. Only problem is Hubby was at the store and i was at home (three hrs away) and trying to choose a colour over the phone was REALLY tricky.
    So the problem i have is i have painted one room and have decided that the paint colour (grey) is really too dark.
    Do you think if i took the paint to Bunnings that they might be able to help lighten in (obviously at a cost)?
    Paint is so hard to choose! It was 50 shades of grey (at least) at my house before we had our new house painted. Everything seemed to throw off other colours - blue, green or purple, that I didn't want. I wanted a proper silver grey, without the metallic.
    When the painter painted a swatch on the living room wall I nearly cried! It looked so dark and purply! In the end we said, paint the open living area in that colour and everywhere else paint in half strength.
    I don't know if he actually did that because they all look the same to me now but it's ok because I love it.

    Adding white would seem to be your best bet, if there's a paint shop nearby - preferably a paint specialist rather than Bunnings. Is it a brand name paint that was just sold at Masters like Wattyl, Taubmans or Dulux, or a Masters branded product? If it's a brand name paint, I'd try taking it to a shop with that paint brand as the white they add may be the same. I've learnt that all whites are not created equal!

    Failing that, if it's too much paint to let go to waste can you do something else in the room such as white trims on doors, skirts and architraves? Otherwise adjust lighting - cool or warm light makes a difference, as does brightness.

    Then consider window coverings - maybe something lighter? Same with soft furnishings like a throw and cushions on the couch if it's a living room, bed linen if it's a bedroom, or consider different art work.

    Just out of curiosity what colour did you choose? You may be able to google that colour and look at images with the same paint colour for inspiration.

    Good luck!

    We chose Wattyl Athens as our paint colour.
    This photo was the colour I wanted to achieve (but couldn't because it's an American brand)
    IMG_1485761992.608953.jpg
    And this is what we got
    IMG_1485771651.101274.jpg
    And this is in different light with the floors finished
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    Last edited by TheGooch; 30-01-2017 at 21:21.

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    I choose a grey colour (cant remember exact name) It was a Masters brand paint.
    I have since spoken to a Painter and he said to just mix in some white paint (like you all have said) but ti make sure its measured out.

    Fingers crossed.

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