I did that one time. I picked a spot next to a window that was always
covered by a drape. Carefully cut just into the paper on the drywall,
about 2 in square, carefully peel off the paper. After getting the
paint matched, (which turned out perfect), glued the square back in
place, a little spackle, and painted over. You have to know where to
look to find it now.
Once had this problem in the dining room. Got a very close but not
exact match with the color swatches from the paint store. Painted the
whole wall with the close match. Cannot tell the difference from the
rest of the room.
| How do you match a paint color on drywall in a bedroom? Cut out of piece
of the wall and take it to the paint store? Is
| there such thing as a portable color analyzer?
A couple of points that haven't been mentioned:
1) When you take the wall sample to the store you'll
also need a store with a talented paint mixer. In
some stores they'll try to discourage you from getting
a computer match because they don't want to be
responsible. Even at a store where they will computer
match, the matching is no miracle, especially with
darker colors. To really get a good match usually
requires that the person mixing the paint be very
2) After painting, be sure to save the can, even if
it's empty, so that next time you won't have to go
through all this trouble. It's worthwhile to keep a list
of all paints used. Even if you have to use a different
brand next time. Many companies have formulas for
other companies' paint colors.
On Monday, September 8, 2014 9:48:09 PM UTC-4, Mayayana wrote:
It's also worth considering if it's worth the drama. If it's a typical
bedroom, is it that difficult to paint 4 walls? If the spot is someplace
that's not noticeable, you may get away with not painting the whole wall.
But if it's someplace visible, good chance to make it right you have to
paint a wall or most of a wall, ie up to some break point, anyway. At
which point with brushes, rollers wet, how much harder is it to just paint
the whole thing? With the matching thing, it's almost always multiple
trips back to the store too, until you get something that works.
piece of the wall and take it to the paint store? Is
I always take a chip to a store with large swatch selection and take
home all that are close. Hold them against the wall at various places.
Mark the ones that are closest with the time of day. Then do it again
with the light changes, shadows, by ceiling light, etc. You'll be
surprised that some match in the day and other match better at night.
Unless you need to paint the whole room, you can try painting only one
wall and see if that matches the others close enough.
A 700 square foot bedroom?
Wow, that one bedroom is almost as big as my 2 bedroom apartments. which
are 20 feet by 40 feet!
Even if you had the original tint formula, you'd find that the original
paint wouldn't match now. That's because airborne dirt gradually causes
the paint on walls to get dirty, and that causes the paint to darken.
Even cleaning the walls will not get them back to their original colour.
So, matching the existing colour will give you a paint formula that
includes a bit more dark pigments than the original tint formula to
allow for that gradual darkening.
So, your best bet is still to try and get a decent colour match, and
then just paint one wall.
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:11:26 PM UTC-4, nestork wrote:
or paint the one bad wall in a different but complimentary color as a accent wall......
or clear out everything and do the job right once, so it wouldnt need done again for a long time.
or hang a picture to cover the bad spot
There are portable analyzers out there. Ben Moore dealers used to sell
one. A bit spendy and not particularly accurate. As others have
advised, take a painted switch plate or cut a piece of the top drywall
surface in an inconspicuous spot. Go to a real paint store, not a big
box store. That being said, don't expect a perfect match that will
make an invisible touch up mid-wall. You'll get very close but that is
all. Plan to repaint the problem wall corner to corner.
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