Milk Paint Series- Part 1 How to mix

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.

  1. It’s a powder that contains only 5 natural  ingredients; milk protein (casein), clay, chalk, limestone, and natural pigments.
  2. There is nothing artificial added
  3. It dates back to the Egyptians
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Milk Paint Series- Week One Mixing

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

Milk Paint Series. Step one water first

Add your powder

Farmhouse White Milk Paint by Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

Mix for 1 to 3 minutes

Milk Paint Mixing

And this is what you want it to look like, nice and smooth.

Milk Paint


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.

Milk paint mixer from Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint


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.

Milk Paint Look Book One by Miss Mustard Seed

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.

If you want to see more tips and projects I would love to have you follow me on Facebook. You can find my other videos saved on my page.

Next time we’ll talk about how to prep and paint a furniture piece.

Your sister in paint,













    • says:

      Thank you sweet friend for reading all the words. I was surprised to find that even though it’s called a Look Book, it’s really like a high end magazine. The photos are beautiful.


  1. Mary-the boondocks blog says:

    Like Debra above I have also never tried this. It looks so exotic to me. Although I am a huge fan of Miriam’s blog. She is so insanely talented. I will also be trying this sometime in the future. Ya only live once gotta try milk paint! Thanks for this awesome tutorial and I’ll be pinning.

    • says:

      Hey Mary,
      Milk paint is one of life’s beautiful mysteries. You never know what you will get when you use it, but it’s part of the fun. 🙂

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