The History of Paint – by Faith Blum

 

 

The first book in my new series releases in 16 days! I’m excited to share a little tidbit of research I had to do during the proofreader stage of my writing. Here are a few things I found interesting about paint from various time periods:

Ancient Egypt

In Dendera, there is a house that has paint that looks as if it were painted just yesterday, but it was painted thousands of years ago! Can you imagine having paint like that today? No more repainting due to the sun fading or chipping.

1200-1400 A.D.

There were quite a few artisans and craftsmen who were hired to paint houses. My guess is that these would be the houses of the rich, not the paupers.

14th Century England

Housepainters created a guild of their own and divided into two groups: The Painter’s Company and The Stainer’s Company. A few hundred years later they merged to become the “Worshipful Company of Painters and Stainers.”

1600s America

House paint was a thing to be avoided as the Puritans and Pilgrims thought that a colorful home expressed vanity and excess of happiness.

1700

Thomas Child starts the first recorded paint mill in Boston.

 

1718

Marshall Smith invented a “Machine for the Grinding of Colours” which caused a race to find the best way to produce color for paints. By the 1800s, linseed oil began to be used as a less expensive binding agent that also protected the wood.

1833

Benjamin Moore began operations in making paint and when Sherwin-Williams opened for business, they became a rivalry that continues to this day.

1866

Henry Sherwin, Alanson Osborn, and Edward Williams formed Sherwin, Williams, & Co. in Cleveland, Ohio.  They later developed a tin can that was able to reseal.

1982

Benjamin Moore’s company designed the computer based color-matching system that helps to pick the perfect color for your home.

 

To conclude, I’ll leave you with a short excerpt from my book mentioning paint. Be sure to comment with the facts you found most interesting. Three lucky commenters will receive a free eBook of Savior, Like a Shepherd. I’d also love it if you could come to my Facebook Party celebrating the release of two of my books! Here is the link.

 

“Why is this not a place for children? Didn’t you grow up here?”

“Yes. Trust me, I hated it.”

“So sell it or buy and build someplace you would love.”

He shook his head, a faint smile on his face. “You are so much like Louisa. She would have said exactly the same thing. Unfortunately, Father made it so I can’t sell the house.”

I looked around and stood up. After making a full, slow circuit of the room, I stopped in front of him. “So transform this house into something you would like to live in.”

He stared at me. “How?”

“For starters, take down all the dark and dreary drapes, paint the walls bright and cheery colors, and open up the windows on nice days.”

Mr. Meyer raised his eyebrows. “We’ll see.”

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About the Author

Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family.  She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.protectpainters.com/our-blog/2016/april/a-brief-history-of-house-paint-color/

http://www.franklinpainting.com/blog/home/a-brief-history-of-house-painting/

 

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16 Comments


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    The fact about the house in ancient Egypt captured my attention. I would like to know what was used.


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      You and me both!


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    I liked learning about paint in ancient Egypt. I would love to never have to worry about painting again.


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      That would be super nice!


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    Hi Faith…..Welcome back. We’re happy to have you. I didn’t know the history of paint was so interesting. Wow! Loved it.

    Wishing you much success with your new release!


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      Thanks, Linda! I’m glad to be back again. 🙂 I know! I found it so fascinating that I just had to write a post about it.


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    Ancient Egypt the paint still looks like it was just painted yesterday WOW.


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      Definitely!


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    I did not realize facts about paint could be so interesting. Learned some things. Thank you.


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      Neither did I. You’re welcome! 🙂


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    Hi Faith, welcome to Wildflower Junction. I am amazed that Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams have such a long history, not to mention were rivals so long ago, too. These facts are so interesting. Now I understand why Puritan houses were so grim LOL.We just had our entire interior of the house painted, wow, what disorder that was. But the painters were so quick and it’s so lovely and refreshed everywhere. Best wishes for your new release.


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      Thank you, Tanya! I was surprised by that, too! A fresh coat of paint always looks nice. Thanks!


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    That’s really interesting – especially the bit about the Egyptian paint! That would be incredible. 🙂
    Great post!


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      Hi, Raechel! I totally agree. Thanks! 🙂

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