Mixing interior paint colors

bloguntitled6August 12, 2013A few days ago I shared with you how I took 29 {more than half-used} gallons of leftover paint and started mixing until I got enough paint to cover my living room walls. This color has turned out to be my favorite in the house, thus far! But, I have also mixed paint together to paint the big wall in the studio and the quick update to the wall in front of the basement door. And although I have yet to share these projects with you {because they are not quite done!}, I also mixed paint to paint our upstairs hallway, our front entrance, and the room we plan on turning into a nursery.

What I wanted to share with you today are my top tips for mixing together that leftover paint {and actually be able to use it when you are done}.

Tip #1 – Keep an eye on the Menards weekly ads

colorwheelEvery so often, Menards will offer the basic white, flat gallon paint that is FREE after rebates. When that time comes, stock up! Recently, we were able to score five gallons for free and it is what I used as a base to mix together all of our leftover paints.

Tip #2 – Invest in a couple good 5 gallon buckets with lids

We will probably never use the buckets for anything other than paint storage again, but you could totally clean these out after you are done mixing to have them be reusable. !Featured Image But, I would like to point out how much more useful a bucket {with lid} is versus a leftover paint can, so it is a good, environmentally friendly, investment!

Tip #3 – Get yourself prepared PRIOR to mixing

Some of the things you are going to want to have on hand {right by your side} as you begin mixing, include:

  • a long stick to stir {it needs to reach the bottom of a FULL bucket} – we actually used small pvc tubes we had leftover from a different project
  • a paint can opener to open all of those leftover paint cans
  • paper towels…..for you, your floors, and so forth
  • newspaper {or other floor covering} placed on the ground of the mixing area
  • paint brushes – as you mix paint, take a bit and paint it on the wall to see how you like it
  • and, of course, your leftover paint!

Tip #4 – Invest in good storage containers for the touch-up paint you need to save

After you have mixed together your paint in the five gallon bucket, I recommend saving about a quarts worth so that you can touch up paint for years to come.070042547207lg We use the Rubbermaid 1 quart paint containers that you can buy at Menards. They ROCK! They are so easy to open and make for touching up paint a really quick job.

Tip #5 – Only mix the same “type” of paint together

As we all know, oil does not mix with water. Therefore, only mix oil based paints together with other oil based paints. Water-based paints should only be mixed with other water-based paints. Most of the paints we had leftover were water-based, so it was pretty straight-forward for us! You will know if you have mixed two of the opposite types together when your liquid starts to look like curdled cheese.

Also, interior paint mixes with interior paints and exterior paints mix with exterior paints!

Tip #6 – Keep the color wheel in mind

If you have a red paint and you mix it with a yellow paint, you are going to end up with an orange paint.

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