I've been wanting to mix paint colours forever...but I've been a little intimidated. Now that I've tried it, I feel a little like an idiot because it's soooo simple. Isn't it always like that when you finally do something you were unsure about? It's such an amazing way to get miles and miles of different paint colours out of only a few cans. Brilliant!
Remember the Faded Chevron Blue Chair I recently completed? I mixed the lighter colour out of the base colour to get a tone-on-tone effect. Here's how I did it:
You'll need:-1 coloured paint
-1 white paint (white is a basic way to start but if you know colour, you can apply this principle with lots of other colours)
Here's a few basics to keep in mind to help you get the best results:
1. Only mix the same base of paint. Because I use latex or water-based paint, latex + latex = OK. Never mix oil-based paint with water-based paint.
2. Stick to the same finish. So mix matte with matte, satin with satin, semi-gloss with semi-gloss.
3. Make sure you mix enough in your batch to complete your piece. If you run out and try to remix it - you may not get the shade exactly the same. If you have to leave it overnight for coats, simply wrap your tray in a plastic bag and continue on the next day!
Start by pouring a generous amount of your coloured paint into a paint tray. Then slowly add your white paint.
Using a stir stick, gently blend the two paint colours together until it's smooth and even. At this point, if you want to test your colour you can by painting a small swatch then waiting for it to dry. If you're happy with your colour - go forth and paint!
Do you mix colours? Any fun combos you've discovered?
Have a great night friends and have fun playing with paint colours!