How to Correct a Paint Color Mistake

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It can be a horrible shock to discover the perfect paint you picked out for a room ends up being too light or too dark. Paint colors on walls do not always turn out to be the exact color they are on color decks or cards. Below are a few ways to correct a color mistake if you have not completed painting, and at least two things you can do if you've already painted the entire room.

Things You'll Need

  • One pint black paint
  • One white paint
  • Glaze
  • 2 1/2-inch angled brush
  • Faux finish softening brush
  • Take your paint back to the store to have the color made lighter or darker if you have only begun to paint. The paint store can add colors to alter the tint.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of black paint to your paint and thoroughly stir it to make your paint darker yourself. If it is still not dark enough, add another tablespoon of black and continue this pattern until you reach your desired color. Each time you add black, paint a small 3-inch spot on the wall and use a hair dryer to dry the paint. You will be able to see when you reach your desired shade.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of white paint to make your paint lighter. Follow the same procedure as the previous step.

  • Use a faux finish to make light walls darker or dark walls lighter. Purchase 1 gallon of glaze two shades darker than your light color, or two shades lighter than your dark color. Use your 2-½ inch angled paintbrush to paint overlapping Xs in a 3-foot square section. Use your softening brush to lightly sweep across the Xs. Continue this pattern on each wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is best to paint a few swipes on your wall and let it dry before painting an entire room.
  • Paint colors will appear to change in different lighting and at different times of the day.
  • Hold a 12-inch drywall knife next to the edge of the ceiling if you faux finish. This will keep you from having to tape the ceiling edge. You can do the same thing next to your trim work. Use a wet rag to keep the drywall knife clean.

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