The use of paint has been linked all the way back to the first century. The first place on record to use it is in China. Archeologists have also unearthed evidence of paint in ancient palaces built around this same timeframe. They figure ancient craftsmen applied ground pigments such as ochre to wet plastered walls to “paint” those interior surfaces!
Paint colors can affect your mood. Cool tones invoke feelings of calm, peace and happiness. Warmer tones can provoke feelings of anger or energy.
The surface coverage of a gallon varies between 25 and 44 square yard depending on the color of the paint.
The Golden Gate Bridge has been the same color since it was erected. That color is called International Orange.
In the United States, lead-based paint was banned for use in residential paints in 1978, but many other countries banned it prior to 1920.
Latex paint is recyclable, but oil-based paints are considered hazardous waste and should be disposed of by a qualified waste management organization. All paint should be properly eliminated to avoid contamination of public utilities.
The first known residential paint application of any kind are cave drawings.
Throughout history a red front door has symbolized many things, from a safe place for travelers to stop for the night to having a fully paid mortgage.
House painters and artists alike were once expected to grind their own pigments with a mortar and pestle, which may be why there was a time when only well off people in the US would have had a painted house.
The first painters’ union was formed in London in 1502 and was called the Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers.
There tend to be more shades of green than any other in commercially available paint colors because the human eye can distinguish more variations of green than of any other color.
In 1940 Canadian Norman Breakey invented the first paint roller. He didn’t profit from it because he never patented it. During World War II, an inventor working for Sherwin-Williams also created a roller brush because the hogs’ hair used for paintbrushes was unavailable thanks to the war.
It was the Greek philosopher Plato who discovered that you can mix two different paint colors together to produce a third color.