In our adventures in crafting, the ladies who have already done decoupage or altered items have asked us about a paint that would be good for refurbishing projects on a larger scale.
After a while of searching, we have found a really spectacular paint that can be applied directly on any furniture without preparations such as paint stripping or sanding. How amazing is that?
Now, we are making this great product available in the UAE. Creative Hands, as their certified retailer, proudly brings you Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint!
Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface. 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 wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces. It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.
With the Milk Paint Bonding Agent you can use Milk Paint on even more surfaces such as previously painted walls, varnished surfaces, ceramic tiles, metal, glass etc. Without the bonding agent, Milk Paint will resist some prefinished or prepainted surfaces to achieve an authentic “chippy” look.
Here are a couple of frequently asked questions about Milk Paint:
Is Milk Paint safe?
Yes! Milk Paint is made from 100% natural ingredients. It’s a powdered, no VOC’s product that can be traced back all the way to ancient carvings and art. It is safe for children’s furniture, painting projects indoors and use during pregnancy. It is made of only five natural ingredients – clay, limestone, chalk, casein (milk protein) and iron oxides for pigments.
What is the difference between Milk Paint and Chalk Paint?
These are two totally different kinds of paint. Both have advantages and disadvantages and can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some of the similarities and differences…
- Milk Paint comes in powdered form and needs to be mixed with water. Chalk Paint is sold in a tradition liquid quart.
- Milk Paint has great adhesion on raw wood that will never chip/peel or fade. Add the bonding agent on previously finished surfaces to improve adhesion. Chalk Paint has great adhesion on most any surface without the addition of a bonding agent.
- Milk Paint will show wood grain in most cases and can be used as a stain. Chalk Paint is thicker and covers wood grain in most cases.
- Milk Paint can be distressed and/or crackled and will resist some finishes giving an authentic chippy, aged look. Chalk Paint can be distressed and crackled, but will not chip.
- Milk Paint is a 100% natural, zero VOC paint that is completely biodegradable and non toxic.
So how do get started using this amazing paint? It’s all in the mixing.
Marian, the lady behind Miss Mustard Seed, shares with us how to prepare these paints for use in the video below.
What is the best way to mix Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint?
There are many ways to mix the milk paint, we offer guidelines on how to mix it and what consistency to look for, however we encourage to always test out a small amount to make sure that you are happy with the mixture. Milk Paint can be a stain or a solid opaque paint depending on how much water you add.
For a solid opaque look: Mix one part water to one part Milk Paint powder. Add water to container/jar first, then add powder and mix with a whisk, electric milk frother or blender. For a super smooth finish,use a blender for best results, otherwise mix with a frother or a whisk for an additional 1-2 minutes for a super fine mix. Mixed Milk Paint should have a table cream consistency for opaque coverage. Once satisfied with consistency, test out a small sample to see if desired consistency is reached. If the brush drags, the mixture is too thick (opaque) and you need to add more water. If sample drips and is too thin (transparent), then add more powder. Adjust as required, and start painting!
Note: Mixing Milk Paint can be like baking bread and the amount of water required will vary based on the humidity of the day and location. It can also vary depending on the amount of pigment in the color being mixed.
With Miss Mustard Seed, you can repaint old furnishings in many vintage styles or create looks with unpainted items that can only be achieved with Milk Paint.
Watch out for more items and workshops of this product line!
Come and visit the shop to see samples of the complete range of colors and projects painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.
Keep on creating!