Milk Paint is an ancient organic paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments.
The result is a very durable paint popularly used by modern designers, green consumers and homeowners seeking to capture a variety of modern, trendy, antique and textured looks.
When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mold resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting plaster, drywall, straw bale houses and a variety of other surfaces.
Sold in 230 g bags which will mix up to 1 Quart (946 ml) of paint.
1 Quart will cover 70 to 75 sq. ft. (the equivalent to a medium dresser and a side table)
Available in 5 or 10 lb bags by special order. Please contact us directly.
Milk Paint comes in a powder, custom prepared by Homestead House. You simply mix the powder in water to get started.
Step 1. Preparation
Depending on your project, you will be starting with either new wood, plaster, drywall or a previously painted or coated surface.
Milk Paint requires a porous surface to be absorbed. In this example we are working with bare wood so no preparation is necessary. If your project is previously coated with a paint or other sealer then you will need to add the Milk Paint Bonding Agent to your first coat to ensure proper adhesion.
Step 2. Applying Milk Paint
Mix 1 part water to 1 part Milk Paint powder. 1 part can be anything: 1 Table spoon, 1 cup, etc. Mix the Milk Paint with the water in a blender or stir by hand until there is an even consistency like milk. If the consistency is too thick, add 1/2 part more water and mix again. Apply the Milk Paint to your project evenly. Darker colours require one to two coats for even coverage while lighter colours, such as off white variations, take up to three coats. Add our Milk Paint Extender once you’ve mixed your Milk Paint to keep the pigments suspended for even coverage. Stir every 10 minutes.
Step 3. Finishing
Once you are satisfied with the application of your milk paint, you can gently sand with a fine grit sand paper to smooth out any raised wood grain. Apply extra pressure to the areas you would like distressed.
Once you are satisfied, you may continue with your desired top coat. Hemp oil or beeswax are all excellent top coat finishes that are 100% natural and food safe. The oil helps to seal and protect the surface and to saturate the Milk Paint so it appears vibrant and not chalky. Hemp oil and beeswax are recommended for interior applications. Two coats of oil is ideal and you’re done!