Don’t you hate it when you have a certain color in mind for a project, but you can’t find it anywhere? Or the color s you do find are too bright and/or too light? This happens to me ALL the time.
I used to be scared of mixing my own custom paint colors because I was afraid I’d ruin a bunch of expensive paint, but I’ve finally gotten over my fear and I’m so glad I did! The key is to experiment with very small amounts to see how they come out before mixing a large amount. In other words, if you are doing large quantities of paint, you want to measure out how much you use of each paint, and when you get the desired color, use the measurements to calculate how to get the same color in a larger quantity.
Today I’m going to show you how to darken paint. Chalk paint, to be exact, but these tips apply to any kind of paint.
Please note this technique is not the same as they would do at a paint store, so you are not going to get the “exact” darker version of the paint you started with. With this technique, I am adding black paint to a color, and while it does darken it, it also makes the color less bright and more grayish. I personally like this effect because a. I don’t usually like to use bright colors in my projects, and b. it gives the paint a more aged or antique look.
Let’s look at the example below to see what I mean by this. The color in the middle was the original color, Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Remembrance. I used Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon on the left to mix into the Remembrance in order to get the custom color on the right.
So let’s get started! 🙂
How to darken paint the easy way!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your paint color of choice
- A black (or as close to black as you can get) in the same paint type you can get
- A container to mix it in (the container size depends on how much paint you’re mixing)
- Something to mix the paint with (popsicle stick, paint stick, etc.)
If you want to copy my custom color, here’s the paint I used:
- Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Remembrance where to buy
- Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon where to buy
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Add some of the color you want to darken into a container.
Next, add a LITTLE bit of the black paint and mix it in. Keep adding the black paint in SMALL amounts until you get the desired color. A little black paint will darken up the other paint fast, so less is more until achieve your desired color!
Remember, if you are doing large quantities of paint, you want to measure out how much you use of each paint, and when you get the desired color, use the measurements to calculate how to get the same color in a larger quantity. In these pictures I was mixing paint for this small project, so it wasn’t the end of the world if I messed up and had to get more paint.
As you can see below, the results are a darker, more grayed out color. Perfect! 🙂
I hope you found this tutorial useful! Please let me know what you think or if you have any questions!