Painting has been an invaluable part of our dwellings. Aside from beautifying, painting also provides added protection to the surfaces.
Here in this article you will learn much more about house painting by exploring its history tidbits and more interesting information about it.
Lead used to be added in paints because it made them more durable. However, lead-based paints were also toxic and therefore put considerable health risks.
Lead-based paints used to be popular because of its durability, but were also notorious for being toxic. It wasn’t until 1978 that the US finally prohibited the use and sale of lead-based paints.
The company was founded by businessmen Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in Cleveland, Ohio. Sherwin was also the one who developed tin cans that would allow consumers to reseal the paint.
During that time roller mills had begun grinding pigment (aside from grain). This development enabled the mass production of commercial paints. Linseed oil, a cheap binding agent, made the paint production even easier.
The Cave of Lascaux, a series of caves in southwestern France, features the famous prehistoric sketches and paintings. It suggests that the ancient men had already begun using paints which may have consisted of a mixture of animal fat, clay and/or groundwater (which was rich in calcium).
Some homeowners even asked house painters to paint their ceilings that looked like a blue sky with white clouds. Painters during that time would normally do their requests, which would sound fairly unusual by present-day standards.
The practice of painting the ceilings and plaster walls with latex paints are still common today. Joineries, on the other hand, used to demand for oil-based paints.
Painters during the 1600s used to grind pigment and oil using the common mortar and pestle to make a stiff paste. This is a kind of paint-making practice which is still used today.
Historians suggest that ancient cave people had already started to use paint — obviously, the paints they used were made of all-natural materials. They could have even used other ingredients such as the fire soot for grey or bison blood to decorate their dwellings.
Production of paint was done purely by hand — grinding pigment with oil — until the 1700s and onward, which saw technological innovations in the production of paint. One example of such innovation is Marshall Smith’s “Machine or Engine for the Grinding of Colours” in 1718.
It was Thomas Child who built the first paint mill in the US, in Boston, Massachusetts about 1700. The mill consisted of a granite trough inside which a granite ball rolled.
That house, called the Ham House, is located in Surrey, England. The house was re-painted with oil paint, which painters during that time mixed by grinding pigment and oil.
Today, homeowners have no qualms or second thoughts about painting their homes’ interiors and exteriors. But way back then, choosing to paint one’s house was met with disapproval and even censure. The Pilgrims, who inhabited the American colonies during the 1600s, were strictly following a modest lifestyle. And for them, adorning one’s home with colorful paint was seen as an act of vanity, immodesty, excess and even blasphemy. Painting one’s home was viewed as an actual criminal deed. In fact, in 1630 a Charleston preacher who painted his own home was eventually charged with sacrilege.