Milk Paint Series – Week One
If you have been hanging around here for a while then you already know how much I love milk paint.
If this is your first time here, welcome and let me tell you how much I love milk paint.
Not just any milk paint but specifically Miss Mustard Seed’s. 99% of my painted furniture projects are finished using her products.
I have noticed a recurring theme in your comments and by the way… thank you for all of them. Every week someone says “I’ve never tried milk paint but I would like to.”
First of all, I am not sure I understand these particular words used together in the same sentence. I simply cannot let you go any longer without knowing and understanding just how easy it is to use milk paint.
Oh I know she has a “chippy reputation” but don’t let that scare you off. Just give me a few weeks and I think I just might be able to change your opinion of my chippy friend.
Paint Nerd Alert
The following contains information only true paint nerds will appreciate. Feel free to skip ahead.
First you need to know a bit about milk paint in general.
- It’s a powder that contains only 5 natural ingredients; milk protein (casein), clay, chalk, limestone, and natural pigments.
- There is nothing artificial added
- It dates back to the Egyptians
- It does not have any binders or suspenders, this is why you sometimes get that chippy look and or it slides down your furniture while painting
- It loves raw wood
So now that you have a little background on what milk paint is, let’s get to the mixing part.
For the rest of this post I shall use MMSMP because it’s much faster to type. 🙂
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There are several tools you can use to mix your paint with; a blender, wire whisk, mason jar, and the MMSMP mixer.
I use a red solo cup and a plastic fork. Here’s the main reason why…easy clean up. You may call it laziness, I call it work smarter not harder.
I also like the cup method because my 2″ paint brush fits in it nicely and I can cover it with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge if I have any leftover paint.
Now that you know what to mix it in, here’s how I mix milk paint.
The water goes in first
Add your powder
Mix for 1 to 3 minutes
And this is what you want it to look like, nice and smooth.
Here’s a few tips.
Use lukewarm/room temperature water.
You will want to keep a separate set of measuring cups and spoons for mixing.
If you are mixing inside, cover your area. The powder is a little like flour and tends to float in the air and it may settle on you counter tops and such. I just spread out a drop cloth.
If your paint appears too runny, just add a little more powder until you get the consistency you want.
If it seems to thick, thin it out with a little water.
If you use the MMSMP mixer you need to know to use it so that you don’t get too much froth. Froth is great if you are having a cappuccino or a mocha but not on your paint. The first few times I used the mixer I was getting way to0 much foam. I did a little reading and realized I wasn’t using it properly.
Here’s a short video from my Facebook page on how to use the mixer.
You may notice a little froth after mixing, this is normal. This is why you should always let your paint rest after mixing to allow the froth to disappear and to make sure all your paint pigment fully develops.
Allow at least 10 minutes before you use it. 30 minutes is even better.
Before you are ready to paint, you will need to give it a good stir and take care of any lumps and bumps you may have missed with the first mixing.
Now you are ready to paint!
I recently ordered the Look Book and I can’t believe I waited so long. It is loaded with tips and tricks and ooooohhhhhh so many beautiful projects with all the colors from her line.
I hope I have erased some of your fears about using milk paint. If you are feeling brave and decide to try it or if you have any questions, please feel free to share your experience or ask away. I love hearing from you.
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Next time we’ll talk about how to prep and paint a furniture piece.
Your sister in paint,