Painting dark hallway. Can I add white into gray paint to lighten it?

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  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jun 03, 2018
    Yes, but I’d be tempted to take it back to where I bought it and have them shake it so it’s completely blended.
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jun 03, 2018
    I would go the store and get the color you want - you won't be able to mix is properly.
  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 03, 2018
    White is not just "white" and grey is the same. You may end up with a pink hue or some other variation of something you don't like. Formulate the mixture by making up a small batch measuring well. Put it on the wall and see if that's what you want. If not, buy a color that's right for you.
  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Jun 03, 2018
    Paints can be mixed if they have the same texture. You shouldn't mix a gloss, with flat. Put equal amounts of paint in a cup, and mix it, and see what color you get.
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 03, 2018
    I would only do this if you have enough paint to do the whole job - otherwise you run the risk of not being able to create the exact shade if you need to buy more.
  • William William on Jun 03, 2018
    I mix a lot of my own paint to get custom colors. One thing is not to add white to dark to lighten it. You add the dark paint to the lighter paint to get the shade your happy with. In your case it would take double the amount of white paint to just start the lightening process. Make sure you mix the amount of paint you will need or more to do the job. Experiment by mixing some in small containers first.
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