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Looking for a F&B version of this paint

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AlwaysReadyForABlether Sun 31-Mar-13 17:37:32

I am about to get my kitchen painted and the colour I think I have chosen is a Dulux one called Overtly Olive.
I really want to use a Farrow and Ball colour though because I've been brain washed on here
Can anyone tell me what the F&B equivalent would be? Sorry I can't link to Dulux colour drom my phone.

soonbesailing Sun 31-Mar-13 17:53:38

Well looking at the colour charts I would say F & B French Grey 18 but the
colour chart for Dulux is not an actual paint chip but a printed colour so it's hard to tell.

If you have a tester of the Dulux colour you can do a large test square then cut out the F & B paint chip from the chart and stick it right in the middle, then you will see how close the colour is.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sun 31-Mar-13 18:03:03

soonbesailing thats a great idea. I have a square of the Dulux colour on the wall just now. Didn't want to spend a fortume on tester pots though.

soonbesailing Sun 31-Mar-13 18:20:28

The trick with tester pots is not to paint directly on the wall. Paint onto lining paper/card anything really, as big as possible, make sure you do at least 2 coats and wait for it to dry, write the name/number on the back.

Then you can pin on wall and compare with other colours and you can move it by the window, into dark corner etc and you can see it on it's own. If you paint onto the wall you just end up with a confusing colour chart on your wall.

If you are really together you can keep it and never have to buy that colour again.

I worked in a paint shop so came across this all the time, customers who spent a fortune on testers.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sun 31-Mar-13 19:42:00

Is it necessary to use the F&B undercoat? My walls are pale grey just now so was kind of hoping to get away without it.

soonbesailing Sun 31-Mar-13 21:04:50

Well it depends, is it the walls or the cupboards?

Walls - I would say no, but use modern emulsion in a kitchen.

Cupboards - if they are in good condition I would just sand and then use at least 2 ( maybe 3 ) coats of estate eggshell. ( don't over brush their eggshell too much as it will show brush marks better to do 3 thin coats than 2 thick and use a new synthetic brush).

F & B have reduced the number of colours for their undercoat French Gray has a mid tones undercoat ( which I think is colour 15 bone) so I think you will be fine with a grey underneath.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sun 31-Mar-13 21:35:39

Thanks - its the walls so think I'll go for it given the neutral base it's going on to.

jamaisjedors Mon 01-Apr-13 16:00:29

Why don't you get Little Greene - we have their washable paint in our kitchen and it's great. They have about a million shades (not all on the colour card, but in the shops) - we had chosen a F&B shade initially but it wasn't in stock, and we needed it right then, so the woman mixed up the equivalent in Little greene, which I have since read is more resistant.

I think it's the Ultimatt we have - we wipe it down regularly and it's still perfect.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Mon 01-Apr-13 16:44:30

Thanks but I have already ordered the F&B. I already had a tester but I think was doubting myself because I'd looked at so many. Will definitely look at Little Greene another time though.

snowballschanceineaster Mon 01-Apr-13 16:52:59

Why is F&B so much better than Dulux or Crown?? I don't get it...

AlwaysReadyForABlether Mon 01-Apr-13 18:30:02

I don't know really - I haven't used F&B before and have maybe just been sucked in by all the hype. It cost me about £15 more than the equivalent Dulux so not too expensive a mistake if that's what it turns out to be.

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