I think we should all give My Color Pantone inspired paints a rousing round of applause for their packaging ingenuity!  As you can see it's see-thru which makes it much easier to view than a paint chip, don't you think?  They've also made smaller sizes available so you aren't stuck with a gallon (or two dozen) of dried paint in your garage. The colors are also Pantone inspired (another brilliant idea), maybe they need a standing ovation?  They don't have a lot of colors to choose from yet since they are relatively new, but the colors they do have are pretty on trend. I swiped this bit from their site:

Self-priming, stain-blocking premium quality paint for accent walls, furniture, and accent décor inspired by Pantone, a color authority for more than 45 years. MyColor Paints have an ultra-low VOC, provide an eggshell finish, and come in 35 fluid oz clear containers.

They have a blog with some projects by designer Kristen Davis, this 'gray washing' technique was how I found the company in the first place. I would love to try this as I have had zero success with gray stain; I love that driftwood-y patina that's so popular right now, but alas it has alluded me. Do you know of any techniques to get that light grey tint to new wood?  I am thinking my d.i.y. desk could use a nice gray wash as it's looking a little too 'red' in my studio. I am willing to try Kristen's technique but maybe, just maybe there is another easier way?

Deborah Flanagan (August 28, 2012 at 7:23 AM)  

yes, a round of applause is in order!!

Amy (August 28, 2012 at 7:29 AM)  

A round of applause, indeed!

Miss B. (August 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM)  

Right? What took so long for someone to think of this? Oh, the little things!

Mrs. Limestone (August 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM)  

I used a gray stain on my camera shadow boxes (posted on my blog) and I think it did a fairly good job of making them look a bit worn. I just slapped it on and called it a day but you could easily water it down a bit to get a lighter effect or leave it in the sun to wash out more.

Susan (August 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM)  

Standing ovation, YES!!!

Kristen (August 28, 2012 at 6:33 PM)  

so happy you like! i fell in love with the cool packaging and see through container immediately, too...such a unique and smart idea. :) let me know if you decide to try out a project with it, i'd love to share it on the blog.

Merissa Revestir (August 28, 2012 at 8:59 PM)  

Applause! I agree, great packaging. This would totally sell me at the store. Now I really want to find something to paint! Especially since it has an ultra-low VOC and sounds pretty much easy to use (self-priming), and the fact that they have such a sweet color collection! Again, I've learned something new here.

Pink Ronnie (August 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM)  

Love it. Seems so simple in retrospect!
I thought this was nail polish at first. :)
Ronnie xo
p.s. Nice to be back here!

Miss B. (August 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM)  

Mrs. Limestone I will go take a look. I bought two gray stains that just looked awful, but I love the idea of leaving something out in the sun another, why didn't I think of that?) Now I am thinking getting some sea salt and spray it on? For a true driftwood effect!

Susan, I.know.right.? Such a simple idea!

Kristen, I would love to share if I pull the trigger!

Merissa when I saw self-priming I was pretty much sold, take out a step please, now if they made a paint that sanded objects for me!

Ronnie so happy to have you back! This would be a PERFECT nail polish shade;)

Jamie Herzlinger (August 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM)  

I love this shade of pink! Pantone is one of my favorite site! I always enjoy seeing the new "hot" colors

Love, Jamie Herzlinger

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