WHY MAKE YOUR OWN PAINT?

I enjoy making paint. It’s messy and childlike, and can also seem like alchemy. I don’t make it a strict or scientific affair, it’s more a case of going by feel, the kind of approach I expect an experienced baker takes with a batch of cookies or wholesome loaf of bread.

But why would you bother making your own paint?

If your sensitivity lies with the environment then that gives you one reason. Modern paints are basically plastic, so they’re non-renewable, require high amounts of energy for the complex manufacture, and produce lots of bad waste.

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Or if you’re conscious of your health and wellbeing, then modern synthetic paints aren’t the best choice here either. This is obvious when you open up the can and the stink hits you like a tonne of bricks, but think of all the painted surfaces around you and consider that synthetic VOCs leach out in to the room even five years after the paint was applied.

So it’s all very green and healthy to knock up your own paint, but is it practical?

Plastic based paints provide a wonderful sealed layer over a surface and dry quickly, so they have the upper hand when it comes to convenience. They can be very durable and wipe clean easily.
But this is also a huge disadvantage, because sealing a surface in this way isn’t usually good for the material below.

This is particularly true when painting wood, which is always wanting to move about, and release and take on moisture.

What this means is that synthetic paints can crack quite quickly when applied on to wood, while natural paints tend to remain somewhat flexible, and can move with it.
Synthetic paints will also trap moisture underneath them which can lead to blistering. Natural paints are microporous, so the wood can continue to breathe as normal.

In the short term the plastic coating will seem like the low maintenance, durable option, but it can actually look bad pretty quickly. When it does you’ll need to hassle yourself with the chore of scraping it all back to fresh wood, before recoating.
Natural paints can look good for decades, and because they can breathe, freshening them up is just a case of wiping down and recoating over the old stuff.  There are many varieties though and some require considerations such as mildew to protect against in certain circumstances. As a whole though they are practical as well as green.

But since you can buy many natural paints, I still haven’t given you a reason to go make them. Perhaps it could be because they are expensive, difficult to buy locally, or don’t offer the colour you’d like. Personally though, I just like alchemy.

I’ve got a lot of paint to be making soon, so I’ll be sharing some recipes with you. For great and quality tools, check this out.

How Important Is It To Have a Versatile Set of Tools?

It is incredible how specialized the tools we use have become. There’s a tool out there that was specifically designed and built for each and every use you can encounter in your daily life. This becomes even more apparent if you’re a handyman, or if you’re working in maintenance. There are special plumbing tools, special electrician’s tools, and special tools for HVAC repair, just to name a few. But for the average Joe, who wants to be able to do some work around the house without trying to become a certified repair or maintenance professional, the incredible number of different tools isn’t only unnecessary, it’s confusing. For most of us, the best thing to have in our toolboxes is simplicity and versatility.

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Just think about what you might want to use your tools for in your home. Probably some minor repairs, like fixing a toilet cistern, fixing a leaky faucet, oiling a squeaky door, unclogging a drain or toilet. Also, drilling holes into the wall to mount pictures, TV sets, or even furniture is something that you can do on your own in your home. You can also fix some minor electrical issues, like changing a light switch, if you know a thing or two about how to keep yourself safe while working with electricity.

These aren’t major repairs. For those, most people would likely call a professional, who would show up with a set of tools specialized for their trade. An electrician would show up with the tools for his trade, plumber will show up with the tool he uses, a carpenter would show up with a completely different set of tools than the other two. But you, who want to be a jack-of-all-trades, able to fix a little bit of everything in your home without knowing how to fix the really big things, don’t need a specialized set of tools. You need a versatile set of tools. You need a set of tools that can be packed in a nice and sturdy toolbox, and you need a single toolbox with all the tools you’ll need to do everything you want to do on your own.

Versatile and flexible toolsets, like the Wilson & Miller one, are designed and manufactured with the homeowner in mind. They contain all the tools you’ll need for most of the things you’d be able to do around your house. They are highly mobile so that you can carry everything with you easily to any part of the house where work needs to be done. They are made to have everything you need in one place, so that you know exactly where to look for a tool when in a hurry.

Most importantly, a versatile set of tools is important because it allows you a certain degree of self-sufficiency. Sure, you will have to learn how to use these tools, but the feeling you get when you know you’ll be able to tackle some of the common malfunctions in your home is very much worth the effort.