Homemade Milk Paint Experiment

Milk paint is increasing in popularity and becoming a real contender to chalk paint.  I have being using various brands of ‘chalk paints’; Autentico, Annie Sloan I’ve also dabbled with Wicks own brand paint however I fancied trying something different for my next piece.  I’ve been hearing a lot about milk paint and thought I would investigate further.

vintage furniture, vintage draws, oak furniture
Vintage Oak Draws

I definitely won’t be painted these beautiful door handles

vintage draw handles, painted furniture
beautiful vintage draw handles

Here is a link to an interesting blog that compares the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.  http://missmustardseed.com/2011/08/milk-paint-vs-chalk-paint/

Milk paint has been around far longer than any brand of chalk paint and can be traced back to  cave drawings and paintings made 8,000 years ago, even as old as 20,000 years ago, drawings were made with a simple composition of milk, lime, and earth pigments.  For the full history visit Milkpaint.com – here is a link for you. http://www.milkpaint.com/about_history.html

I have found several recipes for making your own Milk Paint online and thought I would give some a go and share my results.  I used a laminated chipboard as the test surface, I did however wash it with sugar soap first.  As this is a very smooth surface I felt to would challenge the stability of the paint.

Natural Yoghurt

Natural Yoghurt
Natural Yoghurt with PVA

The Natural yoghurt was easy to work with and gave a nice smooth finish.  However you have to keep it in the fridge and only last a couple of days. Number 5 with some added PVA didn’t crack and when rubbed with my hand it didn’t flake.  Number 4 didn’t have PVA and did crack a little and when rubbed did flake off fairly easily.

Milk Paint (Powdered Milk)

Powdered Milk mixing with Cold Water
Powdered Milk mixed with warm water
milk paint
Dry Milk Paint after 24 hours

The powdered milk did change the colour of the pigment making it a bit darker so you would need to consider this when mixing your colours. I left it for an hour but it still had a rough finish, the warmer water mix was smoother than the cold water mix.  However when left over night it had a much smoother finish.  The paint stuck fast to the surface and didn’t flake or crack.  Image 9 is two coats. Image 14 shows one and two coats using the paint after it has ‘sat’ for 24 hours.

1870 Milk Paint Formula

milk paint, home made milk paint
1870 Milk Paint Formula

The 1870 Milk Paint Formula mixed into a smooth creamy paste and was easy to work with.  It did come away from the surface a little when rubbed.  It will be interesting to see how it works on real wood surface.  This again needs to be kept in the fridge and has a short shelf life.

Very durable Weather Resistant Paint

milk paint, chalk paint,
Very Durable Weather Resistant on smooth surface
milk paint
Very Durable Weather Resistant on rough surface

I’m not sure if I didn’t follow the recipe correctly however this was disastrous and simply peeled off the smooth surface (number 12).  It did stick better to a roughed up surface but cracked (number 13).  If you are looking for a heavy shabby chic look this could be the one for you but you would have to prepare the surface.  I really not sure it would really be weather resistant as the name suggests.

The advantage of making your own paint is that you can create your very own colours allowing you to be truly unique with your creations.

I am now off to try some on real wood.

If you want to have a go yourself and want any of the recipes please do contact me.  I would love to see your results, you can comment on my blog or post images on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChalkyFurnitureAndMore.   However, if you do want to try this yourself there are many providers of ready made Milk Paint, here are just a few:




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