Valspar Paint at B&Q

February 26, 2014 · 9 comments

When I was down in London at the Spring B&Q show in the bottom of my goodie bag was a voucher for their new Valspar paint range, which I think has launched recently. They have ready mixed paint in every colour you can imagine or you can take something with you for them to scan and match the colour, which is massively handy if you have wallpaper you want to match in someway.


Miss L’s bedroom has been the same shade of Farrow & Ball pink since she was 8 months old and now she’s 11, we thought it was time for a change.  We had a chat and we’ve done a Pinterest mood board for her room and thankfully a lot of the colours she has in her room already pink, white and purple do seem to tie in with the new blue she likes.

Follow Liz’s board Tween Bedroom Makeover Moodboard on Pinterest.

She really wanted a similar duck egg blue to that of her school jumper, which in turn takes the colour from the ceiling paintings in Ely Cathedral. The picture below isn’t brilliant but does show the beautiful shade of duck egg used when the ceiling was restored in 1858.


Luckily we spotted a pair of curtains almost the exact right shade in Ikea last trip, so I didn’t need to take some cathedral ceiling in to be scanned.  Not all the B&Q’s have the scanning yet so check the website to see if your local store does it.  I popped into the Bury St Edmunds store and the guy duly scanned my curtains.  The colour came up on the computer screen and it was a totally different dark blue on the screen which freaked me out a bit – see the top right of the computer screen below?.


I thought ‘well it’s free paint and I can always use it somewhere?’. However I needn’t have worried, when it was mixed – Matt Finish Primer and Colour – it was a perfect match to the curtains.


The fun thing is you can name the paint you’ve had create. Our’s is ‘Lily Blue’ and it’s stored in their database and you can re-order it from any store in the country. Very handy if you’re moving or you need some more of the paint.

I’m really looking forward to using it. I think we’re going to team it with white, not sure if it’s just going to be a feature wall or I’ll do more walls in it? She has mock SATs next week so I’ll paint the week after and make a more grown up room for her.  I look forward to showing it all to you when it’s done and letting you know how the paint performed.


**Full Disclosure I got a free can of paint, sadly no more meringues*

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Jen aka The Mad House February 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Oh what a beautiful colour. I love it. Do they have those globe canvass’ in yet?
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Liz February 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I didn’t see them Jen, I think they are out middle of next month. But I’ll keep an eye out in case I spot them. So pleased you love the colour x
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Liz February 28, 2014 at 11:50 am

Jen, I saw it on the website today!! Go to Decor and Wall Art and they are there xx


Angela @Little Apple Tree February 28, 2014 at 6:41 pm

I love that paint colour! Can’t wait to see it on the walls.

I really want to redecorate, but the sheer amount of hassle involved in moving furniture is putting me off. Maybe I’ll find a genie lamp that will give me the hassle-free bedroom of my dreams!
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Liz March 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I know what you mean, L’s room is going to be a nightmare. There’s ikea furniture attached to walls, not to mention the vast amount of child stuff everywhere. I’m not looking forward to doing it at all. I just keep telling myself it’s less pink in the house and that is a good thing :)
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Gayle McDonald March 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Love your moodboard, and I am pretty obsessed by gorgeous colour combinations at the moment! It’s cool that you get to name your own colour of paint.

I discovered your blog this evening through HIBS100… I’m fairly new to the blogging scene, so am just building my networks. I write a frugal living blog, and I’d love it if you popped over to say hello. :-) I also just wrote a post about a mini bathroom makeover I did in really bright colours, you might find it interesting!

Gayle x


Liz March 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Hi Gayle,

Welcome and thanks so much for popping by. I love a thrifty blog so I’ll be sure to pop over and visit!
Liz x


Amanda March 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Gorgeous colour, I have a voucher to ready to use, but my local one doesn’t have the system yet. I can’t wait to try it. We are in the whole SATS thing at the moment :(
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Liz March 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Urgh we’re in SATs hell too Amanda ((hugs)) bloody tests xxx


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