Nowadays different industries are striving to replace conventional paints with water based non-toxic ones. Which are generally non-toxic and odorless and can be easily cleaned with water and soap without chipping the paint off. The projects executed in this book has a majority of such environment friendly and protective products.
- Acrylic Paints
Acrylic Paint is a good choice when you want to mix small quantities for your kitchen cabinets. Prima Acrylics provides a good range of colors besides several other brands. The following colors can be used as good and basic palette to mix different colors. ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, titanium white, bright red, raw umber, burnt sienna, green, mars black, burnt umber, cadmium red light, metallic gold, cadmium orange, iridescent white, cadmium yellow light, iridescent gold.
- Oil Paints
Oil colors of artist grade can deliver transparent and rich colors. A beginners’ palette may be made of burnt umber, ice blue, Prussian blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow medium, burnt sienna, leaf green and titanium white.
- Latex-Based Paints
Base paint selection is always required as a foundation of craft techniques. A latex-based semi-gloss paint is usually specified for most projects whereas flat paint can also be used. These paints can be mixed at hardware store to produce your desired color. However, for more accurate matching computer color matching is being used by many departments offering house paint. By doing so they produce best shades matching your reference material which may be a fabric, carpet or wallpaper. Base paint is used depending on the size of the surface. Normally a quart or a gallon is sufficient. At art and crafts’ stove you can easily find squeeze bottles of 16 ounces which are suitable for small sizes. These squeeze bottles do great job on kitchen and bathroom cabinets. If you go for custom colors mixes you will not find such perfect matches with effective cost and less waste.
- Acrylic Glazing Medium
Some of the projects might need colored glaze. You can achieve it by adding latex house paint artist’s acrylic to the required glazing medium. A lot of ready made clear-glazing products are available in the market. But for more satisfaction and perfect matching you can make it yourself by adding acrylic retarder and water-based polyurethane into water, all in equal quantities. Now stir thoroughly and its ready to use.
While choosing your glazing medium be mindful of the open time, i.e. working time, or your paint will be dry before you are done. For cabinets it may take about fifteen to thirty minutes depending upon the flat area in contrast to curves corners and designs, per panel.
A very stunning yet decent decorative painting suitable for almost all kitchens is green ivy with beige or white background. If you use matching accessories and curtains your kitchen will give a marvelous look.