Milk Paint Finish: what is it; why use it; and how to get the best results?
Let’s start with the “what”. Milk paint has been around for thousands of years and uses, .. wait for it ….. “milk” for painting! It is actually “casein”, a component of milk, that is used, mixed with lime (or lemon, if you want the “Martha Stewart” method) and, sometimes, a little borax to help break down the casein and to aid in preserving the mixture, which, by the way, does not keep for very long – it is milk, after all! With the milk prepared (or milk curds, using the lemon method) all you need to do is add a little pigment and you are ready to go….
The process has many pluses:
1. did you notice any toxic ingredients, as you’d find in latex paints? No. Although the lime is a little harsh, it can all go down the drain during clean-up!
2. it’s been around for thousands of years — doesn’t that in itself make it special?
3. you can do so many things with it, such as layering of colours to create, well… “wow” factors!
4. it doesn’t chip
5. it creates texture, subtleties in colour, richness, and stories, by its non-uniform finish
6. it can be applied any number of surfaces, including MDF
7. it lets the grain show
8. it dries quickly (want to get that project done in a day?)
9. and it has been said that it gets better with age. Nice.
and 10 …. well, I’m going to leave that one up to you: WHAT IS A PLUS FOR USING MILK PAINT?
Now, how to best use it:
I’m not the one to give the “how to’s” for this. I’ve read that it is really easy yet at the same time challenging because it’s not what we are used to.
- After the first coat, you are thinking “oh no, what have I done” but after the second coat you are grinning and saying, “oh yah!”.
- Sanding is important as the milk paint needs to seep into the pores of the wood.
- And here is perhaps words of great wisdom: “[it] dries to how it wants to look and not necessarily how you want it to look.” link
- on the same site mentioned above, it talks about the temperature in the room and of the water used impacting the final results of the paint, as well as the type of brushed used and many other factors. (This sounds intriguing.)
- and again, I’ll leave this list up to you to finish: WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS RE: USING MILK PAINT?
Now it’s your turn: show us your MILK PAINT finishes.
Tag your project as such, (milk paint), and then share them (embed) here in the comments as well.
And don’t forget to share your tips on using milk paint as well as reasons why you should give it a try!
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