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How-to Match Another Paint Brand into Lowe’s Paint

Like a Benjamin Moore color, but want it tinted into a Lowe’s Home Improvement paint like Valspar Cabinet & Furniture enamel. It’s possible and I’ll show you how!

Yes, you can tint other brands color into Lowe’s and Home Depot brands of paints!

I’ll explain how and why it works plus how to make sure you get the right color the first time.

The specific example I’ve photographed is at Lowe’s Home Improvement, but can be used at any paint store.

Tint Benjamin Moore into Valspar Paint

I actually had someone challenge me about this saying I “lied” about what I used on my bathroom cabinets.

It inspired this blog post and photographic evidence it can be done LOL.

In truth, you need to find an experienced paint desk employee to help you with custom colors.

“My little trick is to buy paint in the middle of a weekday vs at night or the weekend.”

Why? Because many times the weekend paint desk staff is flex or part time help and they don’t have the knowledge needed to access the data base. 

Here is a real life example at my house during my master bathroom remodel.

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Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White in Valspar Cabinet & Furniture Enamel – Back Wall Decorator’s White Tinted at Ben Moore

My GO TO cabinet and furniture paint is Valspar Cabinet & Furniture Enamel. 

I’ve written some lengthy tutorials and helpful information about it in the following posts:

Why I tell you this is because I fell in love with Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White with my tile, but wanted to paint my cabinets with Valspar Cabinet & Furniture Enamel.

However, this paint brand is only available at Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores.

So how did I magically achieve this color from Benjamin Moore in a Valspar branded paint?

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Didn’t you know I am Tinker Bell and can wave my magic wand and poof make it appear?

LOL! NO, but I do know a LOT about paint because I worked for Valspar for 5 years in the Lowe’s group.

Valspar is owned by Sherwin Williams and our group trained the Lowe’s Paint Department staff about our products.

Plus we studied all of the paint manufacturer’s brand’s features and benefits, so when I tell you this is possible it’s DEFINITELY possible.

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NOTE: in the Lowe’s database they don’t us the correct name decorator’s whtie and use decorators white, but here is the actual formula number.

It’s called CUSTOM COLOR MATCHING my friends!

Here is Valspar Cabinet Enamel (now Furniture & Cabinet Enamel) tinted on 3/26/19 in Decorator’s White – my proof!

If you want to paint your cabinets this color, just take a screen shot of this and show it to the paint desk associate for guidance 🙂 

Pin It for Later!

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How-to Match Another Paint Brand into Lowe’s Paint

Did you know you can have Lowe’s Home Improvement stores custom match a paint color? Cool right?

OR they can search their X-Rite database for ALL major paint manufacturer’s paint colors for an EXISTING FORMULA.

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Because Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White CC-20 has been around for SO long, the formula was in the DATABASE.

If it wasn’t, the paint chip sample could be matched to create the formula instead. 

So they pulled up the brand, then color, and tinted the Valspar Cabinet & Furniture Enamel with the formula created for Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White.

EASY!

Paint Color Matching Example at Lowe’s

I’m going to walk you through the process I used to have paint tinted to match my old kitchen cabinets for a touch up job.

The color match was EXACT!

Remember, this can be done using a paint chip sample as well!

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Luckily, I have a friend behind the paint counter at my local Lowe’s store.

Mark saved my rear, when an executive at Lowe’s wanted an exterior stain custom tinted to match an old stain. Do you know how hard that is???

He nailed it using his own coloring abilities – not a machine.

Mark is now my go to whenever I need color tinting advice!

So after years of working together, he was nice enough to let me document the custom tinting process so I can teach you how it works!

What Items Can Be Color Matched

To get the best match possible, whatever you are matching needs to be smooth and solid.

Those options include:

  • Cabinet drawer or door that’s painted
  • Wallpaper
  • Cut piece of drywall
  • Solid printed or smooth non-reflective fabric
  • Paint chip from any manufacturer

What Items Can’t Be Color Matched

  • Stained woods
  • Textured Fabrics (we tried a solid velvet to not avail)

To color match my kitchen cabinets, I removed the smallest drawer front and took it to the Lowe’s Home Improvement paint desk.

Color Matching Another Paint Brand or Object

Literally, this takes about 60 seconds!

Hand the item you need matched to the Lowe’s paint desk associate and they will do the rest for you!

All you have to tell them is that you want a sample and the sheen you are matching.

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They put your item under the X-Rite iVue machine that has an eye to read the color.

Then the computer develops a tint formula that is custom matched to your item (my cabinet).

So high-tech and cool in my opinion, but I am a nerd 🙂

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Then they transfer the formula to the tinter and make up your paint sample. Easy right? 

BEFORE BUYING A GALLON or QUART, PLEASE ALWAYS HAVE A SAMPLE TINTED FIRST TO MAKE SURE IT IS CORRECT!

This is a really important step.

The first time I went to have Decorator’s White tinted in the Valspar Cabinet Enamel, it was wrong!

Mark wasn’t available and the person pulled the wrong formula…this can happen if you don’t work with someone who knows the system.

The small issue was the formula wasn’t listed as decorator’s white, but decorators white.

Be upfront and ask the associate if they have experience with the database and CUSTOM TINTS.

If they look baffled, work with someone else or ask for the paint desk manager or for when they will be on duty.

Lowe’s will give you credit for a mis-tint, so start with a SAMPLE to be certain before spending money on the paint.

How-to Match Another Paint Brand into Home Depot Paint

Are you a Home Depot loyalist?

You can follow the same process at Home Depot too.

Here is a link to Home Depot Color Matching information.

Or for that matter you can take ANY COLOR to ANY major brand PAINT STORE  and have a match done!

Wow! Now you can have it all…your favorite paint in a color you found in another brand of paint.

It’s a win-win situation friends.

I HOPE you found this post helpful and learned a new trick!

Want to know more about how to find a paint color? Read this: Seriously Cool Ways to Find Out Paint Colors

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Until next time…

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Tracey

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16 Comments

  1. I have three gallons of Valspar interior base. The can says I need to tint it. Can I use it as is or do I have to buy tint . Im painting my dining room and more white.

  2. The Valspar cabinet and furniture enamel paint is the best I’ve ever used – thank you so much!! I just painted an ugly oak electric fireplace black. It is so much nicer! I also painted my parent’s old bedroom set – it looks brand new!

  3. Speaking of matching … if I know the name of an old color I used (this was a literal 20 years ago now, but I know it was at Lowes and I know it was called “Nell” XD ), would Lowes be able to pull up the formula? Or does that get purged, that you know of?

    (This article is AWESOME to know, btw, I am hoping to do BM’s “Pink Cloud” for my daughters room … but at the Lowes price point <3)

  4. Can I use this as touch up paint or will the sheen be off? Our house was painted by the previous owners Agreeable Grey using Lowe’s SW and Lowe’s Valspar paint. We bought a gallon of each from lowes and they don’t match.

  5. Hi. I’ve created a color I like on my computer. Can Lowes or Home Depot provide this color if I provide the RBG color information I took off of my computer’s photo edit program?

    Ex:
    R(ed): 29
    G(reen): 65
    B(lue): 134

  6. What kind of finish should walls, woodwork, ceilings be painted? Eggshell, flat, glossy, etc. I’m having the inside of my home painted from walls, to ceiling, shelves, woodwork, etc. I would like to have something that is easy to clean and wipe off. Please help!

  7. Thank you so much for this phenomenal detailed description of the paint matching process. I had heard that this could be done but didn’t quite trust the process. With your great explanation and experience, now I do!

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