So, of course now that we have our very own
color collection with The Real Milk Paint Company,
We're getting lots of questions about how to use Milk Paint...
So here's a run-down
(watch for more detailed tutorials coming soon!)
Is Milk Paint Really Made From Milk?
Sort of...Milk Paint is made from a milk protein, casein
that has been mixed with lime (not the fruit) and colored with natural pigments
How Do I Mix It?
Simple! Milk Paint arrives in powder form, and you mix what you need with water
The powder/water ratio will vary based on your desired result
Do I Have to Prep the Surface?
In a word, yes...I know, I know...chalk paint has everyone spoiled!
If you don't want to prep the surface
(and by prep, I mean strip or sand...you still have to make sure the surface is clean!)
you'll need to use a Bonding Agent
Keep in mind, if you use the boding agent, you won't get the wonderful
chips, cracks, and distressing you normally get with Milk Paint!
How Long Will the Mixed Paint Last?
We try to mix what we need for a project, but if we have extra,
we store it in the fridge for a few days
Milk Paint provides a variety of finishes:
How Do I Seal It?
You will need to seal the painted surface
with wax, top coat, soap stone sealer, or our favorite, Burnishing Paste
You can also glaze or dark wax over Milk Paint
and buff it to a gorgeous, velvety sheen
Here's the thing with Milk Paint...
you have to let go a little!
The paint really becomes an active participant in the creative process
(an artist in it's own right!)
It reacts unpredictably sometimes...
you never know where it will craze, crackle, chip, or peel
Natural pigments are used to color Milk Paint
and these pigments each have their own unique properties
causing the paint to react in it's own way...
it's a very organic experience!
For us, that's the best part because the pieces have TONS of character
and it mimics the look of natural aging
(you can't get that look with a sanding block!)
If you've never used Milk Paint,
it's a very different experience from Chalk Paint...
You mix it yourself, it has a mind of it's own, and the end result
is honestly pretty incredible!