How to paint a desk

28 timeless paint shades – plenty of choice, but not so much to overwhelm – all available as water-based, low-VOC, environmentally-friendly matt emulsion and eggshell. And not forgetting our seasonal and archive shades, primer and paint booklet.

How to paint a desk

Twice a year, in spring and autumn, we add to our designs with our seasonal collections. And leading the way each time is a new colour. This is where you’ll find this season’s.

How to paint a desk

Our Pebble paint palette is the one to turn to if you’re looking for grey shades, but are worried about your room feeling too cold – that’s thanks to the warm undertone they all share.

How to paint a desk

Our most traditional neutrals, the paint shades in the Fossil palette all have a yellow-green base. As some of the warmest tones, they’ll give any space a welcoming, homely feel – instantly.

How to paint a desk

These are colours for those that like their interiors clean and crisp. You’ll find our blue shades in the Nordic paint palette, but, they all have a hint of green in them to stop them from feeling too cold.

How to paint a desk

A lot of our colours have at least some green in them because, being a colour so associated with nature, it’s easy to live with. The Plant paint palette is where our true greens are though.

How to paint a desk

The grey shades in the Smoke palette can come across as quite blue in some lights and, in others, have a green undertone. Either way, they’re definitely cooler than the Pebble palette, so will lend a contemporary feel.

How to paint a desk

Our Spice paint palette is where you’ll find all our red-toned shades (as well as chalky neutral Salt to complement them). Each one has a purple hint too though, which gives them more subtlety.

How to paint a desk

If you’re looking for warm neutrals but the Fossil palette feels a touch too traditional, consider our Timber paint colours. These are our most ‘neutral’ neutrals, with a red base that’s easy to live with.

How to paint a desk

Old friends and seasonal shades: our archive is where you’ll find colours from years gone by that, although they might not quite fit into our seven core palettes, are nevertheless just as loved. It’s why they’re still here, safe and sound, ready to mix on request.

#66 First mouse click in Fullscreen minimizes TP to taskbar

OS: Windows 98 SE
Tux Paint: ver 0.9.16

Tux Paint has been configured to launch in full screen mode. Upon launching, attempting to click anywhere in the program immediately minimized Tux Paint to the Windows Task Bar and the Windows desktop is visible. Clicking the Task Bar button for Tux Paint maximizes the program to full screen, and this behavior is not seen again.

Configuration for Tux Paint has been re-run without affecting behavior.

Changing Tux Paint to windowed mode (uncheck fullscreen) does not exhibit this behavior.

Window size is 1024×768 matching screen resolution.
Changing to 800×600 did not affect the behavior. Fullscreen mode still minimizes with first mouse click in the program.

Steps to reproduce:
Windows 98SE
Resolution 1024×768
Configure Tux Paint for Fullscreen

-No other programs running
-Launch Tux Paint
-Click anywhere in program
-Tux Paint minimizes to Windows taskbar

Discussion

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Hi, I couldn’t reproduce this on either of my Windows 98SE machines.

I’ve got some questions though 🙂

. and this behavior is not seen again.

Not seen again until Tux Paint is closed and run again?
Not seen again until Windows is restarted?
Not seen again until Tux Paint is uninstalled and then reinstalled?

Window size is 1024×768 matching screen resolution.
Changing to 800×600 did not affect the behavior. Fullscreen mode still minimizes with
first mouse click in the program.

This sounds like the desktop is set to 1024×768 and Tux Paint is set
to 1024×768 fullscreen. Is this significant? Does it stop happening if
the desktop is set to a different resolution from Tux Paint?

What is the desktop bit-depth?
I tested with 16-bit colour.

I tried clicking whilst the yellow/black progress-bar is still
displayed, whilst Tux Paint is pausing before going to the main view and
after the main view has appeared. I clicked somewhere near the middle of
the screen.

Can you give a specific example of when and where you click?
Do you move the mouse before you click?
I find it almost impossible to keep the mouse still.
Are you using a mouse, a touch-screen, something else?

How do you launch Tux Paint?
Desktop short-cut, menu item, from a DOS prompt?
Do you, for example, highlight the desktop icon and then use the keyboard to start the program?

Windows 98SE is obsolete and unsupported by MS.
Is your installation an old, updated many times (and then pickled) one like mine or have you freshly installed from a Window-98SE CD for example?

Are your video-drivers up-to date (for W98)?
What video hardware are you using?

I Tested with:
nVidia TNT2 – V4.13.01.3082
S3 Virge – V4.0

Did you download and install the Tux Paint installer or the .zip file or did you build it yourself from source?

Are the Tux Paint Stamps files installed?

Have you got an environment variable set that causes SDL to use DirectX instead of the default GDI drivers? Open a DOS prompt, and type ‘set’ without the quotes and hit the enter key. Are any lines of text displayed that start SDL_VIDEODRIVER=. ?

What language is Tux Paint set to use?
I used ‘(Use system’s setting)’ which I think means en_GB.

Sorry for the number of questions. I’m just trying to dig up a clue that might help reproduce it. If I can’t reproduce it, I can’t fix it.

These expert-approved shades will help you transform any room into a more productive workspace.

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Never underestimate the impact the right wall paint can have in a home office—especially now, when the workspaces in our houses have replaced so many of our office cubicles. Not only is color an easy way to refresh a lackluster room, but the right paint hue could help increase productivity—after all, some paint colors are believed to have positive psychological effects. Studies even suggest that certain shades help stimulate your brain, while other hues are said to have calming effects that can lower stress levels (something we could all use a little more of these days, as we juggle full-time jobs, virtual school, and more). “A workspace is all about productivity, so you want to choose paint colors that will keep your energy focused and also have a calming effect,” says Nicole Gibbons, interior designer and founder of Clare. “Even a controlled pop of color in a floral arrangement can spark creativity.”

For this reason, it’s important to select a paint color for your home office that actually inspires you. “A home office is likely to be a place you spend a lot of your day in, so it’s important to consider colors that you are happy to be around for long periods of time,” says Patrick O’Donnell, brand ambassador at Farrow & Ball. “Soothing, earthy colors like greens and blues evoke a feeling of calm if you are looking to reduce stress. While light colors, such as warm whites, are great if you want to create a room free of distraction.”

Not sure what shade to paint your own home office? We reached out to a few of our favorite color experts for advice. From calming browns and greens to stimulating yellows and beyond, these are the hues that will help create your idea work environment.

What They’re Saying

“C2 Paint lets you dream in color. For me, it is all about the clarity of the palette. Their paint colors are uniquely suited to my design work. I choose colors that are clean and crisp and happy. C2 provides so many inspiring colors.”

– Anthony Baratta, Interior Designers

What They’re Saying

“C2 is America’s answer to Farrow and Ball, with greater customer accessibility for custom projects and bespoke projects. We’ve adapted it to our modern construction projects, with the staff commenting on the fan decks compatibility with currently popular organic finishes such as raw white oak millwork and flooring. We like that it’s a family operated business, there’s an intimate sensibility that pervades, and dovetails well with the design process.”

– Robert Gardinier Jr., Architect

What They’re Saying

“I recently used C2 Paint for the first time in a living room. Impressed by the range of deeply saturated colors the company offers. The room came alive with this amazing color — rich, invigorating and sophisticated. The furnishings and fabrics looked fantastic against this richly hued color. It is clear that C2 is a quality product – it was easily applied, no odors and cleanup was quick.”

– Keith Carroll, Keith Carroll Design

What They’re Saying

“C2 Paint has the most glorious colors that have been edited down to rich, saturated hues that I use often. The fan deck sits on my desk and is a constant inspiration.”

– Katie Ridder of Katie Ridder Design & Decoration

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“In 30 years of selling wood coatings I’ve never been so excited to offer a true solution to exterior wood stabilizing, staining and protecting. C2 Guard comes at wood protection from a completely different angle. It’s easy to apply, wet wood-friendly, dries in an hour – it’s so simple…and effective! My customers love, I love it and our wood loves it!”

Move over greige, gray green paint is ready to take center stage. If you haven’t thought about using grayish green paint in your home, consider it now!

The light green hue softened by undertones of gray is absolutely beautiful and creates a perfect neutral backdrop for decor and furnishings.

Believe it or not, green gray paint is actually considered a neutral paint color and will work well in most homes. Not sure which green gray paint is right for you? Here are 10 of our favorite gray green paint colors.

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Gray green paint colors

Not too green, but not too gray and cold–gray green paint colors are timeless and neutral enough for most spaces.

If you’re interested in any of the paint colors on this list, you can order a 12×12 peel and stick sample of the color, here.

Budding Green by Benjamin Moore

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A nice soft green, complimented with notes of gray undertones, Budding Green is a great choice if you’re looking for a green paint color with a little gray to soften it up.

Order a sample of Budding Green

Soft Fern by Benjamin Moore

How to paint a desk

Soft fern is a bit like Horizon in that it has gray and greige undertones in it, yet it’s a little more green in color than Horizon. A wonderful choice if picking a green color scares you, but you’d still like to step out of your comfort zone a bit.

Order a sample of Soft Fern

Clary sage by Sherwin Williams

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The darkest green on this list of gray green paint colors, Clary Sage is a nice olive color, that’s lightened up a bit by some gray undertones.

Order a sample of Clary Sage

Liveable Green by Sherwin Williams

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Liveable green reminds me of Soft Fern, if you’re looking for a very pale green with hints of gray, Liveable Green is very, well, liveable.

Order a sample of Liveable Green

Ancient Marble by Sherwin Williams

I wanted a pretty soft green with a hint of gray in it for our kids’ bathroom with laundry room remodel and after testing many colors, we landed on Ancient Marble. Despite the fact that the paint chip makes this color look like a beige, it’s actually a pale green gray hue, with definitely more green than gray. It’s used on our vanity in our kids’ bath, where there’s no window, so keep that in mind.

Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams

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Rainwashed is a beautiful paint color that is made up of green, blue and gray. Some might call it a blue-gray-green paint color.

Order a sample of Rainwashed

Silvermist by Sherwin Williams

How to paint a desk

Silvermist is a sage green with undertones of blue and gray. If you really like the idea of sage, but would like it to have a little more depth, try Silvermist.

Order a sample of Silvermist

Silverpointe by Sherwin Williams

How to paint a desk

This pale green gray hue has a bit of blue in it too, but I’m still considering it one of the best green grays. I love Silverpointe for a bathroom or even as a coordinating color with a darker navy hue.

Softened Green by Sherwin Williams

How to paint a desk

A gorgeous light olive green highlighted by gray undertones, Softened Green is a beautiful choice.

Order a sample of Softened Green

Evergreen Fog

I had to update this list to add Sherwin Williams’ latest color of the year pick, Evergreen Fog. A beautiful deep green with greige undertones, Evergreen Fog is one of the darkest hues on this list. If you want a color that packs a punch and you also have quite a bit of natural light in the space in question, consider Evergreen Fog.

If you like the idea of gray green paint but didn’t quite find what you were looking for, check out my review on Pigeon by Farrow and Ball.

Gray green paint in real homes

Look how beautiful softened green looks on these kitchen cabinets! I love moving away from the all-white kitchen in favor of these rich hues.

Bedroom in Rainwashed

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Desk nook in Silvermist

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Get samples of gray green paint online

Be absolutely sure the gray green paint color of your choice will work well in your space when you try Sampilize. If you haven’t heard of this seriously cool company, Sampilize will send you paint samples on 12 x 12 sheets of peel and stick paper.

I was having a pretty tough time on deciding on a wall color for our living room and was able to order several samples online and easily pick one that worked best in the space. It saves so much time when you don’t have to go back and fourth to the store, too!

Check out Samplize here!

Our favorite paint products

Joint Compound: Prep your walls! Fill any holes with this product, let dry and sand. Fill a second time and sand again. Now you’re ready to paint.

Razor blades: The absolute best product to remove excess joint compound from walls that you’ve patched.

Sand paper: Sand down the joint compound after you’ve filled holes for the absolute smoothest finish.

Paint brush: The best paint brush we use for all paint projects in our home and our clients’ homes.

Wood is the material most commonly associated with IKEA furniture, and for good reasons. It’s renewable, recyclable, durable, ages beautifully and it is an important part of our Scandinavian design heritage. At IKEA we believe that sourced in responsible way, wood is a key change driver for climate mitigation. In 2012, we set a goal that by 2020 our wood would be from more sustainable sources. We are happy to announce that we have reached this goal and today, more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.

Forests are critical for life on earth

Forests contribute to maintaining balance in the atmosphere, purify the air that we breathe and are part of the water cycle. They nourish wildlife biodiversity and provide homes for indigenous communities who depend on forests for their livelihoods. 90% of plant and animal species living on the planet need forests to survive. They provide sources of food, fuel, timber and many other ecosystem services that we rely upon. Sourcing approximately 19 million m3 of roundwood per year from some 50 countries, IKEA has a significant impact on the world’s forests and the timber industry and a huge responsibility to positively influence how wood is sourced. Responsible wood sourcing and forest management ensure that the needs of people dependent on forests are met, that businesses can work sustainably, that forest ecosystems are protected and biodiversity is enhanced.

100% wood from more sustainable sources

At IKEA, we work with strict industry standards to promote responsible forestry. We don’t allow any wood in our supply chain from forest areas that are illegal or contain high conservation values or from forest areas with social conflict. Before starting to work with IKEA, suppliers must demonstrate that they meet IKEA critical requirements on wood sourcing. IKEA requires all suppliers to source wood from more sustainable sources (FSC-certified or recycled wood). All suppliers are audited regularly and non-compliant suppliers are required to implement immediate corrective actions. By working together with our suppliers, we are proud to announce that we have reached our more sustainable sources goal, which we set out to achieve by 2020. Today more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.

IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030

As pressure on the world’s forests and the surrounding eco-systems increases due to unsustainable agriculture, the expansion of infrastructure and illegal logging, it is time to take an even more holistic approach to protect and support these important resources for generations to come. The IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 set out to improve forest management, enhance biodiversity, mitigate climate change and support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests across the whole supply chain and drive innovation to use wood in even smarter ways. The agenda focuses on three key areas: • Making responsible forest management the norm across the world. • Halting deforestation and reforesting degraded landscapes. • Driving innovation to use wood in smarter ways by designing all products from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured, and eventually recycled.

We accomplish more by working together

For many years, IKEA has partnered with businesses, governments, social groups and non-governmental organisations to fight forest degradation and deforestation and increase the volume and availability of wood from responsibly managed forests both for our own supply chain and beyond. We are on a journey to improve global forest management and make responsible wood sourcing the industry standard, contributing to building resilient forest landscapes and improve biodiversity.

Designer thoughts

Designer thoughts

"My idea with the MICKE series was to simplify everything we do with our computers and mobile phones in today's high-tech world. Like keeping in touch with friends, downloading films and music, working or printing out tickets. The goal was to create a real dream product with maximum functions in a minimum space. One smart thing is the built-in cable management, so you can hide away all the cables. Another is that all the parts have the same depth and height so everyone can create their own favourite combination."

Wood is the material most commonly associated with IKEA furniture, and for good reasons. It’s renewable, recyclable, durable, ages beautifully and it is an important part of our Scandinavian design heritage. At IKEA we believe that sourced in a responsible way, wood is a key change driver for climate mitigation. In 2012, we set a goal that by 2020 our wood would be from more sustainable sources. We are happy to announce that we have reached this goal and today, more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.

Forests are critical for life on earth

Forests contribute to maintaining balance in the atmosphere, purify the air that we breathe and are part of the water cycle. They nourish wildlife biodiversity and provide homes for indigenous communities who depend on forests for their livelihoods. 90% of plant and animal species living on the planet need forests to survive. They provide sources of food, fuel, timber and many other ecosystem services that we rely upon. Sourcing approximately 19 million m3 of roundwood per year from some 50 countries, IKEA has a significant impact on the world’s forests and the timber industry and a huge responsibility to positively influence how wood is sourced. Responsible wood sourcing and forest management ensure that the needs of people dependent on forests are met, that businesses can work sustainably, that forest ecosystems are protected and biodiversity is enhanced.

100% wood from more sustainable sources

At IKEA, we work with strict industry standards to promote responsible forestry. We don’t allow any wood in our supply chain from forest areas that are illegal or contain high conservation values or from forest areas with social conflict. Before starting to work with IKEA, suppliers must demonstrate that they meet IKEA critical requirements on wood sourcing. IKEA requires all suppliers to source wood from more sustainable sources (FSC-certified or recycled wood). All suppliers are audited regularly and non-compliant suppliers are required to implement immediate corrective actions. By working together with our suppliers, we are proud to announce that we have reached our more sustainable sources goal, which we set out to achieve by 2020. Today more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.

IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030

As pressure on the world’s forests and the surrounding eco-systems increases due to unsustainable agriculture, the expansion of infrastructure and illegal logging, it is time to take an even more holistic approach to protect and support these important resources for generations to come. The IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 set out to improve forest management, enhance biodiversity, mitigate climate change and support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests across the whole supply chain and drive innovation to use wood in even smarter ways. The agenda focuses on three key areas: • Making responsible forest management the norm across the world. • Halting deforestation and reforesting degraded landscapes. • Driving innovation to use wood in smarter ways by designing all products from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured, and eventually recycled.

We accomplish more by working together

For many years, IKEA has partnered with businesses, governments, social groups and non-governmental organisations to fight forest degradation and deforestation and increase the volume and availability of wood from responsibly managed forests both for our own supply chain and beyond. We are on a journey to improve global forest management and make responsible wood sourcing the industry standard, contributing to building resilient forest landscapes and improve biodiversity.

Designer thoughts

Designer thoughts

"My idea with the MICKE series was to simplify everything we do with our computers and mobile phones in today's high-tech world. Like keeping in touch with friends, downloading films and music, working or printing out tickets. The goal was to create a real dream product with maximum functions in a minimum space. One smart thing is the built-in cable management, so you can hide away all the cables. Another is that all the parts have the same depth and height so everyone can create their own favorite combination."

How to paint a desk

Photo Credit from @thescrappilebylauren. Wooden Rainbow painted with Real Milk Paint and sealed with Pure Tung Oil.

Kids are known for exploring their world using their mouths rather than their hands, and parents often find themselves concerned about safety. It’s easy to identify any loose parts or obvious choking hazards, but knowing whether paints and dyes are safe is another matter entirely.

One of the biggest benefits of Real Milk Paint is that you can use it on children’s toys without worry. Whether you’re looking for a pretty shade of yellow to dress up a rolling wooden duck or building a stacking rainbow perfect for your toddler, Real Milk Paint’s non toxic paint for kids is a stress-free way to indulge your creativity and protect your family at the same time.

Natural, Child-Safe Ingredients

Forget long, complicated chemicals you can’t even pronounce. While commercial paint is chock full of everything from formaldehyde to benzene, Real Milk Paint contains simple ingredients such as milk protein, lime and earth-based pigments for color. Thanks to our thoughtful, environmentally friendly formula, Real Milk Paint is free of nasty volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) linked to immune system damage and impaired organ function. Use it inside to complete your project and you won’t even have to crack a window.

Great for Your Kids, Great for the Planet

Our paint comes from the earth and can go right back to it — literally. If you have leftover paint, you can dump it in your backyard or onto your compost pile and it’ll be broken down and absorbed as part of nature’s innate disposal system.

In fact, our paint goes one step further, actively benefiting the air around us. One of the main ingredients in Real Milk Paint is high-calcium pharmaceutical-grade lime that hardens by absorbing carbon dioxide. The more you work with Real Milk Paint, the more you’re helping to offset carbon emissions.

If you’re interested in other all-natural products to add to your DIY kit, check out our Pure Tung Oil, sourced from the tung nut, and our Natural Citrus Solvent, which gets its power from the oil found in orange peels.

Perfect for Wooden Toys

In addition to being safe, Real Milk Paint adheres particularly well to wood. The paint has a lovely consistency and spreads easily over the project at hand, so you get a beautiful finish on everything from a handmade desk to a farm animal puzzle and all kinds of charming toys in between. For the sake of longevity, pair your chosen shade of paint with a layer of tung or hemp oil to prevent color bleeding and keep water rings and stains at bay.

To Seal or Not to Seal

While Real Milk Paint offers long-term durability on wood, its porous formulation sometimes absorbs stains and sheds loose pigments. For these reasons, sealing items embellished with Real Milk Paint often proves a good idea, especially when those items are meant for kids. Sealing painted toys and blocks makes them easier to clean and provides added peace of mind should children decide to put those belongings in their mouths. Fortunately, The Real Milk Paint Co. offers several child-safe options for sealing milk paint and locking it into wooden toys and blocks.

Pure Tung Oil

How to paint a desk

Photo Credit from @thescrappilebylauren. Wooden Rainbow painted with Real Milk Paint and sealed with Pure Tung Oil.

A hard-drying wood oil designed to provide an enduring matte finish, Pure Tung Oil also boasts FDA approval for food contact, ensuring its suitability for use on everything from kids’ toys and blocks to kitchen cutting boards and butcher blocks. It resists marring to keep treated items looking great for the long haul, and it penetrates wood well to protect surfaces covered in Real Milk Paint.

Other advantages to Pure Tung Oil include a formulation that uses natural ingredients and no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making it a sustainable and eco-friendly way to seal belongings with a naturally polymerizing finish. Be aware that the slight amber hue might change Real Milk Paint colors, so test accordingly on smaller areas to achieve the results you desire. Typically, an oil finish makes colors deeper and more saturated. Lighter tones can take on a slight amber color of the tung oil.

Half & Half Oil

Half & Half oil is a blended formulation of half Pure Tung Oil and half all-natural food-grade thinner, Citrus Solvent. Since Pure Tung Oil on its own is extremely thick, the Half & Half oil blend often penetrates deeper into certain woods without requiring additional thinner. The slight amber hue imbued by the Pure Tung Oil in the formulation has the potential to change the color of Real Milk Paint, so do a spot test to ensure the hue works for you.

This fuss-free formulation comes in several sizes, depending on the needs of your project. A pint covers up to 50 square feet, and quart and gallon containers cover 100 and 400 square feet respectively. The coverage capacity and premixed design with all-natural ingredients make Half & Half oil a child-safe, economical choice for finishing handmade wood toys and blocks painted with Real Milk Paint.

Hemp Oil

Hemp Oil from The Real Milk Paint Co. offers multiple benefits for use in sealing kids’ toys and blocks. It has a hypoallergenic formulation that’s safe for food contact, making it a great choice for those with sensitivities, and it has a naturally thin viscosity, so it penetrates porous woods well without the need for extra thinning with solvents.

How to paint a desk

Photo Credit from @thescrappilebylauren. Wooden Rainbow painted with Real Milk Paint and sealed with Pure Tung Oil.

Additionally, Hemp Oil works on numerous surfaces from bare wood and wood with old finishes to items covered in Real Milk Paint. It leaves behind an extremely low-sheen matte finish to preserve handmade items without adding gloss. Keep in mind, however, that finishing items with Hemp Oil can gray out Real Milk Paint colors, so be sure to test items before all-over application.

Finishing Cream

Finishing Cream from The Real Milk Paint Co. also works well for sealing children’s toys and blocks covered with Real Milk Paint. The environmentally friendly formulation contains no VOCs and has no odor, allowing for easy application even in enclosed spaces, and it’s water-based for easy after-project cleanup with soap and water. Once Finishing Creme dries for 24 hours, you can wash the surfaces it covers for added peace of mind. Multiple finishes from matte to semi-gloss and high gloss provide you with a range of customization options for handmade crafts.

You may not be able to control the harmful toxins and hidden chemicals already present in the air you breathe and the soil your kids play in, but you can keep their toys safe by choosing to craft with non-toxic paint for babies from Real Milk Paint.