Can I mix cream and purple paints?

by Susan
I have a gallon of cream-coloured alkyd interior paint. Is it possible to mix it with purple to produce a lavender shade?
  9 answers
  • William William on Mar 06, 2017

    I mix a lot of my own paint colors. As long as you mixing latex with latex and oil with oil. Just experiment mixing in small cups/containers. One thing to remember you will need less of the darker color than the light color. I learned that mixing a beige paint with black to get a warm earthy shade of grey. Took very little of the black.

    • Susan Susan on Mar 06, 2017

      Thanks. I'm about to begin a new chapter in my life by moving into a micro home (15' travel trailer) which I will be renovating as I live in it through til next winter. I'm doing it on the cheap, so your advice is very helpful. When you get to larger amounts of paint, how do you mix the darker colour in so as to get a consistent tone? Just use a stir stick?

  • William William on Mar 06, 2017

    Yes, just use a stir stick. Blend from the bottom to top rather than stirring in a circle.

  • Wendyrama Wendyrama on Mar 07, 2017

    There is a paint mix drill bit that is useful if you plan on doing larger amounts. I mix sheen levels as well, with no ill effects, so far.

    If you want to mix sheens it isn't a 1:1 ratio; at least 2:1.

    Example: 1 gallon of flat will need 2 quarts semi for an eggshell finish. I don't think it's an exact science but it's easy to test in a small batch.

    If you use a paint extender, which I can't love enough to get smooth results from mediocre work, they tend to knock the sheen down a bit. Works for me. Not a big fan of very shiny trim.

  • Wendyrama Wendyrama on Mar 07, 2017

    Btw, cream and purple will give you, most likely, gray. A silly putty gray.

  • CecileH CecileH on Mar 09, 2017

    Add the purple to the white, you can always darken but sometimes difficult to lighten! I found an awesome Zest soap coloured miss tint at a building store 2 gallons; got it home stirred it again and slapped it on the walls only to come out a beautiful old fashioned baby boy's room blue! Not what I was after, I had left over ceiling white so I thought I could add it to the part can of the blue to lighten it, not the case. After using most of the can of white to change the blue I poured some of the blue from the full can into what was left of the white and found some green left from another craft project and got busy. Turned out perfect! The first can was still way too blue but eventually got everything the way I wanted it to. You just can't get hung up on a specific colour, it may come out lighter or darker or not at all like you imagined but what you put with it will make it work-specially if you are doing it on the cheap!

  • Wendyrama Wendyrama on Mar 09, 2017

    And it's incredibly fun! I always get a rush wondering what my magic potion will create. I like to paint up a piece of scrap wood. Gives me a portable sample for color matching and an accurate sheen level so I can modify - I'm always dumping sample pots - they are all eggshell-- into satin or pearl finish leftovers lots.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Mar 09, 2017

    Granny was always doing this with latex. Any small amounts of leftover paint went into a large bucket. We had a shade of yellow bedroom once and a closed in back porch that was not quite lavender but not blue either. We thought both colors were nice. Kind of like cleaning out the fridge and throwing all in a pot for soup! Usually turned out well.

  • Wendyrama Wendyrama on Mar 24, 2017

    How did it go?

    Funny, but I found myself needing to mix a lavender just this week when ordered paint had color issues. Was interesting but I got it.

  • Susan Susan on Mar 24, 2017

    Still haven't done it, but I will be attempting it soon. I'll let you know how it turns out.