Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint
What is Milk Paint?
Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing five all-natural ingredients – milk protein (casein), limestone, clay, chalk 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 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.
Marian AKA Miss Mustard Seed?
Marian is also the author of Miss Mustard Seed, a DIY/Home Decor Blog, a freelance writer for HGTV.com, an antique dealer, and the author of the book Inspired You (published by Thomas Nelson, November 2012.) Her home and blog have been featured in Country Living, Flea Market Style, Women’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, Fresh Style, Make It Over, Romantic Homes, Romantic Country, Farmhouse Style, Cottages & Bungalows, Fox News, NBC, CBS and on the Nate Berkus Show. She currently lives near Gettysburg with her family and a parade of painted furniture
Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint come in 25 Stunning colours and have each been chosen and named by Marian. There are whites, neutrals and a few vivids to give you that pop of colour we all desire here and there in our home decor. Each colour can be mixed to make custom colours.
As with all good quality furniture paint some prep is required, the surface must be clean, dust free and depending on what finish you want to achieve the surface might need a quick sand, use the sandpaper like it was a cloth and give the surface a quick wipe over. If you are desiring the ‘chippy’ look then you would skip the sanding and just mix the paint and apply straight onto the surface. If you desire a solid colour with no chipping and you are painting a previously finished wood surface a quick prep and bonding agent is advised.
Painting with Milk Paint.
Milk paint comes in powder form and requires mixing with water. For a solid colour the mixing ratio is one part water and one part Milk Paint, for a stain add more water up to 3 parts, and for a thick textured paint add less. It’s different from the paint you may be used to and looks thin, but when applied has excellent coverage. When applied to raw wood the Milk Paint acts like a stain, soaking into the wood and bonding with it, never chipping or peeling and is excellent for outdoor projects. One quart of the Milk Paint will cover approx 70sq ft.
Finishing Milk Paint.
Once the paint is dry and the Milk Paint has done what Milk Paint does, you should have a few areas of loose paint chips ( unless you used the bonding agent for a solid non-chipping finish ). Sand or use a plastic scraping tool to loosen them and finish the project with a fine grit to smooth the finish. Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture wax is a smooth creamy consistency and glides on like a dream, it comes in clear, Antiquing and White.
The Tough Coat can be used for high traffic areas that need extra protection, but the best and most popular finish is Hemp Oil, this solvent free oil provides a protective water resistant surface, it penetrates the wood and protects from the inside out. As it penetrates it doesn’t leave a film on the surface to be scratched or chipped and it’s 100% natural. It’s food safe and is a perfect finish for kitchens, wood stone, and some metals too!
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.