DIY The Perfect Grey

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DIY (frugally) your own perfect GREY and GREIGE by TwoPlusCute

Did I complain about our living room color? Yes, I have.

Well, if you don’t like, change it” I kept telling myself. For one and a half years. Something – finally – motivated me and I decided to paint our living room. I decided on grey, a swift decision – for my standards – as it only took a couple months.

I am not new to grey, I used it about 10 years ago for an accent wall. It was a dismal failure. The hue was wrong, it was too dark and it gained the nickname “mouse grey”.

This time around, I was worried it would take forever to pick a “decent” grey – if I managed to find that “decent” grey. However, it only took $4 (plus some cents) and half an hour, to find the perfect grey. *Insert huge smile here – HUGE *

 

DIY (frugally) your own perfect GREY & GREIGE, by TwoPlusCute

 

Granted, it also took a certain amount of luck. We went to Home Depot for some supplies and I picked a sample of “silver bullet” on a whim, for ~ $3.50. As I was checking the oops paints (the heavily discounted paints), I got a sample of “cream puff” for 50 cents.

Instead of going by swatches and countless grey samples, I took a shortcut: I made it myself. In fact I made several fantastic versions of it! Including a few gorgeous greige versions.

If you can’t find your ideal grey, you can try this. It worked magically for me and hopefully it will for you as well.

 

DIY (frugally) your own perfect GREY and GREIGE by TwoPlusCute

DIY Your Ideal Grey!

Materials:

– A grey sample. I used the aforementioned Silver Bullet.

– White or black paint. White if you want to make a lighter version of your grey, black if you want to go darker.

– Cream/yellow, only if you aim for a warm grey or greige. I got lucky with my Cream Puff sample but if you are feeling adventurous, you can use brown.

Choices, choices:

What I do for cool grey: I only mix white OR black to alter the shade.

What I did for warm grey and greige: I added a soft yellow.

How To:

I used small plastic cups as measures and to mix my concoctions. I wrote wish I had written down the analogies (for example, 2 of grey, 1 white, 1/2 cream puff). I mixed and tried on a leftover piece of drywall. Then I double checked on my primed walls to verify the colors. I added white because I wanted my grey lighter.

 

DIY (frugally) your own perfect GREY and GREIGE by TwoPlusCute
Isn’t it just like art? 🙂

 

Testing the color (what I learned from painting our nursery):

Test in the room you plan on painting. Apply on at least 2 perpendicular walls to check how different shadows alter your color. Finally, check in daylight and at nighttime to see how your color behaves under different lighting. Our old living room color for example, was brown in the daylight and oily greenish under artificial light.

Once I decided on my favorite greys, I painted chips (on sticks, drywall scraps and scrap paper) and took them to Home Depot for color matching. This proved a lucky decision because, out of 3 swatches, they accurately got the 2 but, they (the machines) completely failed to read correctly my Gorgeous Greige (yep, I named my colors – the other one is called Perfect Grey).

Testing behind the front door, a very shadowy area, where we had hung our DIY mail center,

(sorry the photo is so grainy but there are 7 different grey hues in it):

DIY (frugally) your own perfect GREY and GREIGE by TwoPlusCute
Testing the grey in shadowy areas, too.
DIY your Grey & Greige – cheat sheet

1. Pick colors.

2. Mix and test on your walls. (Remember to write down the combinations!)

3. Create swatches.

4. Colormatch with your preferred paint company.

5. TEST the sample. If successful, go back to the store and order the amount you need for your room.

Now you are ready to paint, and bask at the glory of your beautiful newly painted walls!

DIY (frugally) your own perfect GREY and GREIGE by TwoPlusCute

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ps. I can’t wait to show you our new colors.

You can see here the Perfect Grey and how much lighter it made the room!

 

 

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26 thoughts on “DIY The Perfect Grey

  • July 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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    I love family of grays! Good luck with the perfect shade! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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  • July 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm
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    Brilliant idea. Make your own warm grey. You did great finding /creating your color so quickly. for most of us, it takes days, weeks, to pick a color and several trips to the hardware/paint shop as well. Thank you for linking your success up at SHARE IT sunday linky party. A new party will open again tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what you’ll bring. ~ Till soon, Rose
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    • July 18, 2015 at 10:39 pm
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      Trust me, I have done my homage to paint isles, many times, too. It is very hard to chose. That’s why I went the DIY way and oh my, I saved so much time and money. 🙂

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    • July 17, 2015 at 7:49 pm
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      Grey is pretty hard to get right. Hehe, “50 shades of grey”. =D

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  • July 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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    Great info! I have been trying to pick a couple grey colors for exterior paint and haven’t found the perfect grey yet. Maybe I will need to try your idea 🙂
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    • July 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm
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      Definitely try it! It is a very low cost experiment, practically nothing to lose but if it works for you, it will be super win. 🙂

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    • July 15, 2015 at 11:37 am
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      Exactly Michelle! It helps anyone who “just can’t decide” about their ideal hue. 🙂

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  • July 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm
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    Great tips for painting! Pinning to my personal Great Paint board on Pinterest for future reference and sharing on FB! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post today on my FB! We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!
    Best,
    Kim
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  • July 13, 2015 at 11:31 pm
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    Paint can appear to have different hues depending on the time of day, and especially if your room receives lots of light. Great tip to paint “swatches” on the wall, and to view them during day and evening before you select your color. Love that you took the time to mix your own custom paints to get exactly what YOU wanted! Can’t wait to see the gray color you chose for the room! 🙂
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    • July 14, 2015 at 12:01 am
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      Last time I tried to pick a color, took a very long time, I paid a pretty penny for too many samples, went through whole bags of swatches and to top it all, the final choices were just ‘ok’.

      It was so much easier and faster to DIY. And, when I finished painting my Perfect Grey, I kissed the wall (after it dried)! I did. 😀

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    • July 13, 2015 at 11:05 pm
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      True on both counts!
      It feels so good to get a great result because of one’s own creativity.

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  • July 13, 2015 at 1:46 pm
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    Oh, wow! This is such a great post. The variations in color were amazing! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world! Hope you have a pretty and productive week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  • July 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm
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    What a wonderful idea. Are you going to reveal the color you chose?

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  • July 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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    Excellent tips! When we finally manage to move house I will definitely remember them. I’d never thought of grey for walls until recently but now want to try it!
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    • July 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm
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      Thank you!
      If grey isn’t for you, you can still DIY your favorite hues with any color. 🙂

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    • July 12, 2015 at 11:42 pm
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      Oh, with those two samples (and some white I had around) I made a lot of variations before I found the two hues I wanted for my space.

      You just keep on mixing!

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