Make Safe, Natural Paint

Natural paint offers a sustainable and inexpensive way to add unique colors to your home.

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Although several eco-friendly options on the market, many DIYers are choosing to make natural paint using natural materials instead.
Photo by Heather Brown
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Natural paints offer unique finishes very different from those of manufactured products.
Bill Steen
flour paint - two women applying paint
Using natural materials allows painted surfaces to release moisture naturally and is a great way to bring the outdoors in.
Bill Steen
Flour paint is among the simplest and most versatile of all homemade paints.
Bill Steen
When first applying flour paint, the brush marks will be evident. To remove the marks, wait until the paint has begun to dry and smooth over with a damp sponge or clean, damp brush.
Bill Steen
Flour paint can be applied to most interior surfaces, including this fireplace.
Bill Steen
Natural oil paints typically are made with linseed oil and a natural solvent, such as pure turpentine or citrus thinner.
Bill Steen
casein paint - ingredients
Casein paint ingredients
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After you’ve finished painting with casein paint, the leftovers can be safely composted.
Bill Steen
Oil paint is suitable for exterior surfaces, and you can clean oil-painted surfaces regularly without damaging the paint.
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Casein paint lasts indefinitely, is excellent on many surfaces and isn’t prone to fungal growth.
Bill Steen
Priming helps seal wood against moisture and creates a better bond with the finish.
Heather Brown
Natural earth pigments add color to natural paints and are available at artist supply stores.
Heather Brown

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