Thought I'd share my latest project. Turns out you don't need to find five grays that work together. And yes, I did start trying to do it that way.
. . . Sigh . . .
These colours are Country Chic's Lazy Linen and Rocky Mountain, using a graduated dark to light mixing in between.
It started out a sad, washed-out baby pink; I think it was latex wall paint. Only a light sanding with a fine grit sandpaper is required. (More than 5 minutes of sanding is too long). Then you're good to go!