Valspar Paint at B&Q

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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    1. 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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  1. 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

    1. 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

  2. Found Valspar to be awful paint, plenty of reviews online say the same ( Poor coverage and blotchy once dry. Application issues with brush or roller. Will never consider it again, had to persist and stand our ground to get a refund from B&Q. B&Q have got themselves into a bad position going with Valspar, think they must need to clear stock by fobbing customers off. Sooner they get it out of their stores the better.

    You can get any colour you want from Homebase Dulux mix.