Colour matching discontinued paint made easy

Our little wooden house was built in the 1920s and has been painted and stripped many times. We’ve been in it for 7 years, and it’s probably been at least 12 years since the front was painted. And it really shows. It’s peeling and faded and rather embarrassing to look at, but since our ambitious renovations plans include residing the house, we just want it to look less crappy for a year or two. So, the plan is to repaint the front and side entrance using the existing colours.

Fortunately, the previous owner left us the original paint samples and left over paint for touch ups. Yay! Unfortunately, Behr doesn’t make our colours anymore and their website was no help at all. Boo! Every result was “Sorry. We can’t match the color you selected. Please try again”.  Then I found this awesome site called Encycolorpedia.com. It takes any color and shows you it in every colour space conversion, colour scheme, related colours, and what paint matches are available by manufacturer – include car, ink and house paint!

http://encycolorpedia.com/7c4945#behr

Behr Premium Exterior

Now rather than try and let the teenager at the hardware store try to match the paint, I can pick the closest “current” color myself. Let the painting begin! Ok… as soon as there’s a sale on at the local hardware store 🙂

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