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Milk Paint! Everything a Beginner Needs to Know!

August 20, 2018

 

 

HEALTHY AND GREEN! 
Milk paint is a non-toxic water based paint. Originally, before commercial paints were readily available, Milk paint was a home-made formula made from curdled milk, lime and earth pigment. Milk paint is still made from natural ingredients without synthetic chemicals. This makes disposal of old paint easy! You also can be assured of it's safety when it comes to painting children's toys and furniture. It also is a great indoor paint as there are no bad smells and dangerous fumes. If you are sensitive to chemicals or are pregnant, milk paint might just be the paint to use! Old Fashioned Milk Paint states right on their website that their paint is free of latex, lead, mercury, radioactive materials, petroleum by-products and plastics.  Milk Paint is your healthy go-to paint for your home.

 

ARE ALL BRANDS CREATED EQUAL?
There are many brands of milk paint. Some of the better known brands are, Old Fashioned Milk Paint, MissMustard Seed Milk Paint, and The Real Milk Paint Co.. All three of these brands state on their websites that their paints are made of natural and safe products. Reviews show that these paints are quality. Just depends on your personal preference of color and style when choosing your brand.

 

WHAT IS MILK PAINT'S SHELF LIFE?
In the powder form, milk paint lasts essentially forever. But once mixed, milk paint will spoil due to it's casein content. It's best to only mix as much as you need, but if you have extra, it can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days.

 

DOES MILK PAINT HAVE TO LOOK CRACKED AND CHIPPED?
No, not at all. Milk paint is known for it's chippy vintage appeal, but the look is achieved with how the paint is purposefully applied and distressed. Milk paint can be smooth and buttery. MissMustard Milk Paint gives good tips for both looks on her website.


CAN YOU USE MILK PAINT ON FINISHED WOOD?
Milk paint will resist sealing on finished wood. But many people love the look it created. If applied to finished or sealed furniture, the milk paint will crack and chip away giving a vintage look. 
That being said, many painters will add the bonding agent to the first coat of paint. This will help the milk paint adhere to finished surfaces. If you do not want your milk paint to chip, you will definitely want to add the bonding agent and apply several coats.

 

DOES MILK PAINT NEED A SEAL?
Not necessarily. But any painted surface subject to spills ought to have seal finish. Waxes are a beautiful seal, but the wax seals often break down in heat. You won't want to use them on pieces subject to heat or rain. Many waxes are not chemical free. Although, the Beeswax finish that MissMustard Milk Paint offers is toxic free and food safe. Poly is also a sealant that comes in either matte or shiney finish. Hemp or Tung oil is another option, but it should be noted that it can cause the color of your paint to deepen. Hemp and Tung oil are food safe! Real Milk Paint offers chemical free finishing creams.

Resources: www.realmilkpaint.com restylejunkie.comwww.theweathereddoor.com www.oldfashionedmilkpaint.comwww.missmustardmilkpaint.com

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