How to Make House Paint

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Mixing your own house paint is an easy, economical way to save money and give your home a refreshed look. Many commercially produced paints contain volatile organic compounds, which evaporate quickly and leave behind bad odors and potentially dangerous chemical fumes. The following steps will teach you how to make house paint using natural products that won't give off chemical fumes. The instructions also allow you to choose the color you’d like to create, making painting your home a pleasant, safe experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bucket
  • 1 quart of room temperature skim milk
  • 1 ounce of hydrated lime
  • Long metal or wood spoon
  • Powder color
  • 1 to 2 pounds of white powder chalk

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Using a long wood or metal spoon, stir the quart of milk and ounce of hydrated lime together in the large bucket until it forms a paste. The thickness of the paste will vary.

Pour some of the powdered color pigment into the paste in the bucket. Continue to add in more color pigment incrementally until the paste is the color you desire.

Add in 1/4 cup of the powdered white chalk. The paste should be thick enough to stick to a paint brush, but thin enough that it still drips off the paint brush slowly. If the paste drips off of a paint brush so quickly that very little color sticks to the brush, you'll need to add more powdered white chalk to the mixture. Be careful not to add too much chalk to the mixture--if the paste becomes too thick, it will be very difficult to paint with. Add in the white chalk in small amounts to avoid making the paste too thick.

Tips & Warnings

  • When painting with this formula, allow each paint coat to dry completely before adding another coat.
  • Do not use quick lime.
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