Marshmallow, ivory, bone, vanilla, shell, milk, there are more shades of white than there are reruns of Sponge Bob on Nick Jr. I favor a warm white, as I like to call it. It's not as stark a pure white, it's brighter than ivory, but with less color than cream (too say that I am picky about color would be an understatement). Unfortunately, my favorite paint medium, spray paint, is not readily available in cloud or almond any variation other than bright white or ivory. I dream of a world where people can one day walk up to paint counter, hand over a paint sample, and say "I need Cherries in the Snow, satin-finish, in a spray paint can, and make it a double, please!" Until my dream comes true, here is my solution to achieve a warm white color with the smooth finish of spray paint. Are you ready for an intense tutorial?
- One can of white spray paint
- One can of ivory spray paint
- Something to paint
1. Completely cover your object in white spray paint, filling in all of the nooks and crannies ( this will take a few coats).
2. When dry, spray one light but even coat of ivory spray paint over the top.
3. That's it.
I know it sounds weird to mix colors but since spray paint is such a fine mist, and the colors are so similar, it is hardly noticeable. This works best on flat surfaces like picture frames. Items with a lot of detail and nooks and crannies make it harder to coat evenly. I have not tried this on a big object, like a piece of furniture, the difference may be too noticeable, but having used it only on frames and little knick-knacks, that hang far from a scrutinizing eye, I've been happy with the results.
Have you ever mixed spray paint? How did it turn out?