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Recipe: Natural Clay House Paint

Recipe: Natural Clay House Paint

Posted by Leah Fanning on Feb 11th 2021

Every room in my home is painted with this natural clay paint that's easy to make, economical, and gives my home a beautiful, soft, adobe-like look. I get compliments from all my guests!

Ingredients: 

Materials: 

  • Drill with paint mixer attachment
  • Bucket

Step 1: Make flour paste: Mix 2 cups of cold water with 1 cup of flour, then add that mixture to 6 cups of boiling water. Stir until thick.

Step 2: In a bucket mix 1 part flour paste: 1 part clay or Earth & Mineral Pigment with 1 part fine sand.

Notes:

  • Adding sand gives your wall more of an adobe look that's coarse to the touch. You can also leave this out and it is smooth to the touch.
  • The paint will dry much lighter than what the color looks like in the bucket so it's best to paint a color swatch on the wall and let it dry to make sure you like the color before you paint the whole room.
  • Use paint mixer attachment in a drill to mix.

Step 3: Add water to achieve your desired consistency.

Step 4: Add Borax to prevent molding, about 2-3 tbsp per gallon.

Step 5: Paint on the wall! We’ve found that if you have sand in the mixture, to need to use a brush- paint rollers don’t work well. We like to apply the strokes in a random assortment of directions. This technique gives your wall more of a mottled, earthen-wall look that we enjoy. 

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