A lot more people have heard about Milk Paint in the last little while thanks in a large part to the
internet and many DIY bloggers but Milk Paint has been around for thousands of years. Originally
milk paint was made of milk, lime and earth pigments. Simple and easy for most households to
create and use. Over time the recipe has been improved upon using enhanced pigments and bonding
agents but it is still used because it is simple, effective, and biodegradable.
I personally do not use it often. It comes in a powdered form and you must mix it yourself. I don't
enjoy the really earthy smell and you must use up what you mix in a short amount of time. It does
however offer a different look to painted furniture. It works well when applied to raw surfaces, but
reacts in an unpredictable manor when applied to older finishes. It can crackle or flake off, and in my
experience (which is limited to a handful of pieces) can continue to flake well after the paint is dry.
I used a little Sea Green Milk Paint as a base to achieve a great aged effect on this country cabinet
I built. Below you can see the Sea Green is the darker flecks showing through the warn areas.
NOTE: This is a project done many years ago and before ASCP.
#1 Primed it in white
#2 Sprayed the Sea Green Milk paint
#3 Sprayed a turquoise tinted primer
The cabinet was waxed with a mix of walnut stain mixed with natural Minwax.
You could achieve the same look with dark wax I just didn't have any at the time.
All the distressing I did was done with sand paper between each coat of paint.
Doing it between each layer adds a great deal of depth to the finish but is extra work.
Here is some of that crackling I talked about earlier.
Milk Paint can be used very successfully
but understanding how it works and behaves will help you succeed.
Locally you can get Milk Paint at Lee Valley approx. $14.00