Milk Paint is Not Chalk Paint
According to the Homestead Milk Paint website, “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 home owners seeking to capture a variety of modern, trendy, antique and textured looks.”
At ReLoving we stock Homestead Milk Paint alongside our chalk-style and mineral paints. How is it different? For one, it comes in a powder form that you mix with water. Milk paint has a more transparent pigment than our other paints and it has no binders that help it to stick to surfaces. So, it is best used on raw wood for a stain effect. Or, on painted surfaces to achieve a random, chippy look, like an aged farmhouse cupboard.
To the consumer, it involves a little more preparation as well as know-how and a willingness to play and experiment in order to get the hang of it. For information on mixing the milk paint and applying it as a stain to raw wood, watch Kari demonstrate on the ReLoving video:
Another way to use milk paint is over another paint to achieve the chippy look. You can help control where it will chip by applying wax or hemp oil here and there before applying the milk paint. As it dries, spray some water on it once in awhile and that encourages the chipping, like the dresser in our featured image.
If you want the milk paint to adhere to a painted or varnished surface then simply add the Homestead Binding Agent prior to painting. I use the binding agent 1:1 with the paint mixture.
If you have a playful attitude or are ready for a new challenge, now is the time to try Homestead Milk Paint.
From now until April 3, 2017 Milk Paint is on sale for 20% off at ReLoving.
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