Remember the special red paint mix that I named “Junktion Red”? I had the custom mix paint color made up at Home Depot and I'm calling it Junktion Red. If you have ever looked at those labels and wondered what all the codes were.....I've got you covered. Keep reading....
I wanted to share my custom red paint color mix again. I get a lot of questions about it. Enjoy!
Junktion Red Custom Mix Paint Color
The first thing I do when I start a project is select the paint color. Sometimes I don’t have the perfect color so I mix my own from paint I have on hand. The only problem is that I can’t repeat the special mix. I don’t measure anything….that would make way too much sense.
So the only thing to do if I really love the color is to take a sample of the paint to Home Depot or any paint store and have them match it.
Seems I'm always in Home Depot so it was the obvious choice for the paint.
Custom Mix Paint Color
This is the formula for “Junktion Red”. I found a question and answer on the Home Depot site that explains the color codes. I had no idea what they meant. Now I know.
From Home Depot- CL= yellow oxide, LL= raw umber, VL= magenta, JL= Carbazole purple, EL= phthalo blue, IL= brown iron oxide , RL= permanent red, DL= phthalo green, TL= medium yellow, FL= red iron oxide, BL= black, KXL= white, AXL= permanent yellow. The pigments with a U in them is high hide. All pigments have an L at the end which means Low voc.
Antiqued Red Cedar Chest Adorned With Iron Stars
This is the first project I painted with my special mix. You can see the makeover by clicking the name above or the photo.
I had them mix the paint in Behr Premium Plus Ultra Satin finish. This is one of my favorite latex paints.
Isn’t it pretty! The color isn't orangy. I hate orange reds.
The paint stick on the top is the one I took to Home Depot to have matched. The paint stick on the bottom is the paint they mixed for me. Looks pretty darn close huh! The only thing I have to say is that you know how computer screens vary in color presentation. I can’t promise your paint is going to look exactly like this.
Rustic Red Bench Antiqued With Dark Wax
This is the second piece I painted with the Junktion Red. I also put a little dark wax on the pieces to add an antiqued look.
I painted this unique wood jewelry box in the junktion red. You can find it here....7 Paint Sprayer Projects Large And Small
I am in the middle of painting a home décor accessory with the mix from Home Depot. I hope to share it with you guys this week.
Thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.
Your custom blended red is exactly what I've been itching to try. Thanks for sharing!
Yay! I hope you like it. Computer screens show colors so differently.
Kathy, I know I've said it be-ore (the "e__" on my keyboard just stopped working!) but I don't usually like red. I don't decorate with it and wear it only occasionally. BUT...I have to say THIS red is really gorgeous! I can imagine using it on something! LIke you, I think I like it because it isn't orangey, too. It's elegant and taste_ul. I might even have some mixed _or myse_!
You go girl! Get it mixed up. Sorry about your e but it's kind of funny 🙂
Love! It looks a lot like a Ralph Lauren color called Balmoral Red. Home Depot is the best! I love all these pieces. Well done!
I have to say, I think I repeat myself, you are my color inspiration. Even though I don't use white you inspie using colors for different items.
ah, thanks Kathleen!
I have an unopened tin of paint in a very close dark cherry to the shade you have here. I couldn't decide what to do with it I just loved the dark almost moody colour, but from seeing what you did I will have to look out for a wooden jewellery chest similar to yours because that is the PERFECT use for this colour. Kind of like an oriental red, antique, I love this piece.
yes! It definitely has an Oriental feel to it. Hope you find one.
I just wanted say, I could just hug you! Painted my bedroom a green (Behr April Mist) and the neutral curtains just aren't working for some reason. Been really bugging me so I thought it must be the undertone in the paint. Try as I might, I couldn't be sure what it is. Searched high and low to decipher the code/recipe on the can and was coming up empty and frustrated. Until I landed here! )I did ask at HD, but they were less than willing). Now I also feel a bit more confident selecting paint colors for my adjacent dining room which opens up to the living room. You've been my blessing today, THANK YOU!
Your chest is quite lovely btw!
How about a formula for pottery barn black to go with this wonderful red
Marie@The Interior Frugalista
That is an excellent idea, Kathy! I need to load up on some paint sticks.
Thanks so much for sharing! This is a great shade. I have a piece just calling out for red.
I love Home Depot. Wish I had one in my town.
Wondering if this is a contender for the color of the famous radio cabinet...
It would definitely work for the radio cabinet. Good Eye
Thanks for sharing, I will be having them mix some for me.. It is hard to get the right shade of red..Thanks again,Dorothy
luv it !!
Love the color. Will mix my colors at home and take to Home Depot to match. Did not know they could get it that close.
Kathy, that is BEYOND CLEVER!!!! Never thought about doing that for a custom color!!!! Thanks.