How can I change paint colour from dark to white?

How can I change paint colour from dark to white?

I've painted my walls a really dark inky blue because I saw an image I wanted to copy in a magazine. Help! It's really horrible - it just doesn't work in my hall way as it is so small. How do I paint it white again?

It is such a shame to hear that you don’t like the colour of your new walls. Do you really hate it Jane? Sometimes it just takes a little bit of time to get used to things when you change paint colour, particularly if it is vastly different. So try giving it a week or so before doing anything just to see if you change your mind. If you don’t though, and still absolutely hate it, don’t worry it can be changed.


It isn’t as easy to get rid of a dark colour, but everything is possible. Just be prepared to roll up you sleeves and get grafting. The first thing to change paint colour from dark to white is get sanding, and sand as much of the dark paint off the walls as you can. This will make it so much easier to cover. Once you have done the sanding, get a standard, cheap, industrial style white paint and give the whole hallway a once over. You may still see a little of the blue through the paint, but it won’t be anywhere near as dark as it once was.


Then the process is the same. It will need between 2-3 coats depending on which brand type you are using. Make sure you leave it to properly dry in between each coat. I would advise leaving at least a day before starting on the next coat. This will allow the paint to dry properly and leave no chance of the dingy dark to creep through.


Perhaps you just need to go a couple of shades lighter, rather than the deep dark you tried. If you aren’t sure, sand a section of the hallway and paint it white. Then add a load of different testers onto the wall (about the size of A4 paper) and leave them for a week. At the end of the week you will know which colour you prefer, and love.

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