Product Spotlight: Milk Paint

Product Spotlight: Milk Paint

We first heard about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on HGTV and we’ve been hooked ever since. It is not new, in fact, it is one of the oldest forms of paint found in the pyramids and cave paintings. The Miss Mustard Seed website informs us that this ancient all-natural paint contains five ingredients, including: milk protein (casein), limestone, clay, chalk and natural pigments. It’s an environmentally friendly, non-toxic product that contains no VOCs.

Milk Paint either coats or stains the furniture you apply it to. It gives furniture a distressed, vintage, shabby chic or farmhouse style. The Vertical Arts team uses Milk Paint on solid wood furniture, raw wood cabinets or floors. The best part about this product? When milk paint is absorbed into the surface, it will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface, and it is naturally mold resistant so it can be used on both interior and exterior applications!

Have you been thinking about taking on a DIY project? Perhaps you’d like to refinish that table in your living room. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • You start by mixing Milk Paint with water so that you have a lot of versatility in the opacity of the paint you mix up. If you use 1 part Milk Paint powder and mix it up with 3 quarts water, you get a gorgeous stain.
  • If you have an old oak table and it’s solid wood, has good lines but is an ugly color…..get our your sander and sand that table down to the bare wood.
  • Next, grab your mixed stain and just paint it on.
  • Lastly, give the table a light sand with 400 grit sand paper then seal in the new color with hemp oil. It’s that easy.

Milk Paint is diverse in that it can have the look of a smooth coat of paint, a stain or it can look chippy. If you like it chippy, here are some tips:

  • Don’t prep the surface you’re painting. Just apply the milk paint directly to the existing surface.
  • Don’t add bonding agent to the paint. The bonding agent helps the paint adhere to surfaces it might not otherwise stick to.
  • Paint outside on a hot day. The heat will accelerate the drying time, causing the paint to crack and chip.

If you like the smooth look, here are some tips:

  • Give the surface you’re painting a light sanding with a 100 grit sand paper to rough up the finish.
  • Clean the surface with TSP, denatured alcohol, mineral spirits or some other furniture prep cleaner.
  • If you’re painting something that has a glossy finish, add the Bonding Agent to the paint (1 part bonding agent to 1 part mixed milk paint)
  • Give the paint 30 days to fully cure before heavy use.

We love Milk Paint and we hope after your DIY project that you do too! For further guidance, check out some video tutorials on Miss Mustard Seed’s website on how to apply Milk Paint and for distressing & antiquing painted furniture tutorials.

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