Deb Smith
Deb Smith
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  • New Berlin, WI
Asked on Dec 29, 2018

How do I paint a dark wall a lighter shade?

MEGKmdreamerChris Gignac
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I’d like to paint a large dark green wall a lighter beige/tan shade. What’s the best, inexpensive paint I can use? Prefer paint/primer in one.

7 answers
  • Janice
    on Dec 29, 2018

    You will really be money ahead if you use a good primer first. I suggest Kilz of Zinsser. Get it in white and it will save you the work of applying several coats of light paint over the dark kgreen.

  • As with any paint project, you need to wash the walls first and let them dry thoroughly. When painting a lighter color over a darker color, it is best to have a separate stain and color blocking primer like Kilz. If you don't, the lighter color will have bleed through and turn out "muddy" looking and no where near the color you originally selected. Do yourself a favor and head over to a stand alone paint store for a consultation, in the end you will be happy you did.


    https://www.glidden.com/inspiration/all-articles/steps-for-painting-over-dark-walls-with-a-light-co


    https://homeguides.sfgate.com/paint-light-color-over-dark-color-35583.html


    https://www.nolanpainting.com/2015/06/26/painting-over-dark-paint-colors/

  • Chris Gignac
    on Dec 29, 2018

    I have to agree with above, washing the walls thoroughly is priority. A white primer stain blocker next. Followed by the color of your choice. There really are no shortcuts to this process.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Dec 30, 2018

    Prime it first then paint it

  • MEG
    on Dec 31, 2018

    Definitely need to prime the wall first. Going from darker to lighter paint color priming is a must. Buy a good quality paint such as Benjamin Moore. The paint job will last longer and be durable to scrub dirt/finger prints off. They also sell paints with primer in it so its one less step to do.

    • Judi
      on Dec 31, 2018

      It didn't save us any steps. We bought a dark paint with primer added to paint over our lighter shades in our bathroom. We still had to use 2 coats of paint. They stated on the can that the 1st coat would be the equivalent of the primer & the 2nd coat is your paint.

      Sometimes these paints cost more too. Plus make sure you check what type of paint brushes/rollers etc you can use. We had to strip all the paint down to bare wood because we needed a specialized brushes & rollers. Good luck on your project. I can't wait until ours gets finished.

  • MEG
    on Dec 31, 2018

    Yes Deb. That's exactly why I mentioned it to you because many are not aware of this. Why prime then paint when you can do it in one step rather than two. Ask or read the paint cans and look for primer already in the paint. So much easier. I never buy paint unless it has primer in it already. Work smarter not harder.

  • MEG
    on Dec 31, 2018

    I don't know Judi what kind of paint brand you used but that seems like a lot of work. I didn't need specialized brushes/rollers to paint and I purchased Benjamin Moore which is a little more expensive than the others but I prefer its quality and durability. Benjamin Moore goes on much smoother. If the 1st coat is considered the primer coat and the 2nd is the actual paint coat than that seems to defeat the purpose of the primer in the paint. It all depends on how dark the wall is that you are painting to determine how many coats of paint you will need.

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