When I was searching for the most perfect white paint on Earth for my ceilings, I kept coming up short. Out of all of my fan decks, the colors were just not quite white enough. They were too yellow, too blue, too gray. It made me feel like the Goldilocks of white paint.
I knew that a lot of people bought white paint straight off the shelf. I considered going that route, too, until one of my favorite paint mixologists (I know that’s not a real thing, but I like calling them that) at Home Depot suggested that I add some colorant into the white base to bind the paint. Otherwise, it likely wouldn’t cover very well since it would be slightly transparent. So, we decided to add 1 ounce of white to the already white paint. Why? We just thought it sounded right. I mean white.
The color ended up being the brightest, crispest white that you’ve ever seen. I nicknamed this color “Lindsay White.” I use it anytime I need a white paint for my walls – all of my ceilings are “Lindsay White,” too. I talk about it a ton on the blog (and on Facebook), so if you’ve been around for a while you’ve probably read about it. It’s listed in my paint color tour of my home, too.
Until today, I’ve sent you all to Home Depot to get your own can of “Lindsay White” mixed with this instruction:
Get a gallon can of Glidden Interior Premium paint (red label) in a white base (I always choose flat, but sheen doesn’t matter) off the shelf. Take it to the paint counter and ask the Home Depot paint mixologist (hee hee) to add 1 ounce of white pigment into the can. They will look at you like you have 2 heads and will say something like, “You mean you are trying to make a white paint white?” Just say yes and move along.
I know that some of you have run into complications. Readers have reported that the paint person couldn’t figure out what to put into their computer or they were trying to color match with a paint chip on the wall. Oh, no, no, no. Sad face.
Today, things are going to change! I now have a pictorial tutorial for you to show your Home Depot paint pal. Just take your smart phone into the store and show this to them.
First, get this can off of the shelf (any sheen, but I always prefer flat – especially if you are just doing your ceilings).
Next, show them this picture so they’ll know exactly what to add to the base.
If you are getting 1 gallon of paint, that label shows exactly what you need. If you are buying a 5 gallon bucket, they should add 5 oz of white. I don’t buy quarts since this is actually the most used paint color in my home. Does that surprise you to hear that?
Then, they need to put it in the shaker for you, and then send you on your way when it’s finished. Easy, right?
Go in with confidence and ask for “Lindsay White.” Just don’t call it that, because it’s not in their computers…yet. ;)
Have you used “Lindsay White” before? Was it hard for the paint pros to figure out what you were talking about?