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How to make your own low-cost and eco-friendly homemade paint

Sunny summer days are on their way, so hopefully you’ll be making plans for your vacation. And what better time to take care of a few home improvement projects? Now could be just the time to paint that wooden furniture you’ve been meaning to spruce up. But if there’s a lot to do and you’re worried about the cost, there’s a simple way to make your own paint at home with eco-friendly ingredients.

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You’ll need (for 1 quart of paint) :

  • 3 to 3.5 oz white flour (what’s in your kitchen cupboard will do)
  • 1 quart tap water
  • 7 oz  colored pigment (red, brown, gray — whatever you like)
  • 4 fl oz linseed oil

For painting anything that will be outside, add 3.5 oz iron sulfate (available from garden stores). This helps the paint to withstand the weather.

Here’s how:

In a saucepan, heat 1/10 of the water on high heat and add the flour a little a time. Stir as you go to make a paste without lumps.

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Then add the rest of the water and stir well.

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Add in the pigment and iron sulfate if necessary. Continue stirring.

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Next add the linseed oil.

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Keep stirring it over the heat for another 20 minutes.

Once the paint has cooled, just apply it with a brush and enjoy the beautiful colors.

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Some people add black soap to the recipe, but it works without as well. If the surface is smooth, it may only need one coat, but for external surfaces, you might want to consider adding another coat after two years.

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To get a better idea of how this homemade paint is prepared, you can watch this video (in French):

And there you have it: quality paint that’s good for the environment and your wallet too. So what are you waiting for? Mix some up, grab your brush and give your home a homemade paint makeover!

Source: Hefty Cleverly Maison-constructionArdec

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