How Do You Make Paint a Shade or Two Lighter?

Make paint a shade or two lighter by mixing it with compatible white paint in measured stages. Only mix like types of paint, for example, latex paint with latex paint and oil paint with oil paint.

  1. Pour out white paint

    Pour white paint into a bucket. Always start with the lighter paint, since more of it is required.

  2. Add colored paint

    Pour colored paint into the bucket of white paint. Begin by adding about half as much colored paint as white paint, and make adjustments from there.

  3. Stir the mixture

    Stir the paint thoroughly with a wooden stick. Make sure the paint is mixed completely to avoid streaking. Adjust the color by adding more paint as necessary.