Mixing Door and Window Colors

Colors.1In my Silver Bullet journal of the build I placed the formula for the custom mixed paint I am considering for my doors and windows. These are two of my favorite colors and affords me the opportunity to recycle my leftover studio materials.

Two courses I taught as a professor of art were  Color Theory 1 and 2 and The Alchemist’s Lens which explored color psychology, effects and techniques, chrome history, and the bastardization of materials or how not to play by the manufacturers rules by knowing more science than they do.

So, yes, I am painting over the exterior of my repurposed, found and purchased vinyl windows with a tested method (laborious, but the results are fantastic) that won’t crack, peel or require much maintenance. And my art studio storage unit is full of the perfect acrylic hues and polymers that will work.

As for my other reclaimed wooden windows and doors, that process is a bit more laborious. Now that I have some time during the snowstorms, frigid temps and injury recovery, I find the process quite meditative. Sand, repair, sand again, paint 3 thin layers of color with chinese brushes – sanding with sandpaper then fine steel wool between, varnish 3 layers of super spar-rubbed on only [after waiting 20 days to set]-sanding with sandpaper then fine steel wool between, then polish w/tiny amount of carnauba wax). Wicked labor intensive but hey, I can’t do any intense construction labor work with my injuries, but swathing a little paintbrush around won’t kill me!

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