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Staci_25 11-11-2009 06:56 AM

Paint too brown!
So ya'll know my husband and I are remodeling a 1950s apt... well, I chose (what I thought was) a deep burgandy/brick red color and now that its on the walls it appears a dark brown! What can I do to lighten it and add the red tint I was looking for? I've considered a glaze or even a wall stencil.... this is the color... Olympic Granite D17-5

TxBuilder 11-11-2009 12:30 PM

I don't know but that's terrible. Sorry to hear it.

Nestor_Kelebay 11-11-2009 04:29 PM

The difference COULD be due to the lighting conditions you saw the swatch under and the lighting in your apartment. Does the swatch of Olympic Granite D17-5 look the right colour in your apartment, or does it also look dark brown?

Staci_25 11-12-2009 06:54 AM

it looks right, i made sure to look at it IN the apt before I bought it for that specific reason

Nestor_Kelebay 11-12-2009 09:09 AM

OK, can you then place the swatch over your actual paint to see if you can detect any difference in colour? It could be a mistint.

C2 Paints provides 12 inch by 16 inch swatches of their paint colours. I think that's a good idea because it allows you to see what your colour scheme will look like when MOST of what you see will be the wall colour, and not the colour of the trim. When you only have small swatches to go by, you can't really see what things will look like when one of those colours dominates your field of view.

Staci_25 11-12-2009 09:40 AM

the swatch has a bit more pink- even if it is a mistint, i have no desire to repaint 2 coats of color on 3.5 walls....

Nestor_Kelebay 11-12-2009 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by Staci_25 (Post 36676)
the swatch has a bit more pink- even if it is a mistint, i have no desire to repaint 2 coats of color on 3.5 walls....

If you can see a difference in the colour of the paint and the colour of the swatch, then it's a mistint. You could probably get a partial (at least) refund on the paint if you bring the problem to the attention of the place you bought the paint.

It's not possible to change the colour of the paint that's already been applied to your walls.

ahmed ragab 11-12-2009 10:04 PM

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Stoggs 11-13-2009 08:17 AM

The best thing to do when selecting a paint color for a room, is to buy a sample of the color, and put it up in the room. The colors on paint color chips can vary, and colors will appear different in different lighting conditions.

Staci_25 11-15-2009 11:06 PM

i wish i was more artistic... i'd slap a few scrolls up on the wall with a lighter color and call it quits! haha

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