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Old 08-12-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: St Augustine
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I admit I have problems making choices, so under pressure from DH I chose 1 piant color for the master bath and 1 for the master bedroom.

I did small test patches (1' sq) on several areas of the room to get the effect.

I don't like them : (

They are very light shades of beige/cream. Can I have them remixed into a one slightly darker color? I bought them at Lowes. I don't want to waste 4 gallons paint.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Can't hurt to ask. I'm sure they will not garentee the color. If the color is good and the shade is what is off, ask them to just darken it.
the only way to get the true color would be to start with a clean fresh base. One already colored cannot be tinted to another color.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Next time, buy just a quart of paint and paint an area. Study them under different lighting conditions (daylight and interior lighting at night).
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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I watched a professional painter play with the tint of paint. He used something and just squirted it into the can and stirred and changed the color shade. For the life of me I can't remember what it was.

I would try Lowes again, but you may have better luck with a professional paint store, but then, they may not want to mess with Lowes paint.
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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They actually do have small cans (less than a quart) that you can buy for something like $3 to test the color. I have bought mine at Home Depot, but I think Lowes also has it.
Good luck!
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Hudson, OH
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If you can't get the paint retinted at the store, opt to get an additional quart of paint in the deepest shade on the same paint strip and custom tint at home. You can either pour all four gallons into one large five-gallon container and tint from there, or do each container and be very precise in the volume of tint you're adding to keep the shades controlled.

I've done this quite a few times and it works out well. Especially when I want a shade that sits between two on the paint strip.
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:26 PM
 
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Lowes will adjust the color slightly, but all 4 gallons may not match exactly. One of my co-workers freaked out after they painted her bedroom.....venetian gold, turned out to be metallicy butterscotch, they had the next gallon tinted with a creamy tint and it toned it down to a nice warm color.
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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"Lowes will adjust the color slightly, but all 4 gallons may not match exactly."
That's why it's a good idea to pour the single gallon cans into a 5 gallon bucket to blend all the colors.
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:12 PM
 
Location: I gave up being nice for Lent.
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This works for me. I paint big sheets of white poster board (17X 22 +/-) with regular old craft paint that comes in the little bottles. BTW you can mix craft paint and water base house paint. You can buy a lot of craft paint for the price of a quart of paint. If you do crafty stuf you might even already have some on hand.

I take my painted poster board and place it around the room next to various things and at different times of the day. Some times a color that looks good on one wall looks like crap on the other side of the room. Or it goes with the sofa but not the chairs. Once I get just the right color I take my painted poster board to the paint store and have it color matched.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:10 AM
 
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"Lowes will adjust the color slightly, but all 4 gallons may not match exactly."
That's why it's a good idea to pour the single gallon cans into a 5 gallon bucket to blend all the colors.
Exactly. Best way to avoid any pigments being lighter or darker.
Lowes can tint them darker if you want them to.
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