Using Milk Paint!
Use a clear container to mix. This will allow you to see any unmixed powder or pigments that you may not see.
Use room temp water. Sometimes extreme changes in temperature can cause the paint to bind- or ball up and make little rocks in your mix.
Always add the water first then the paint powder. If you do the paint first you will get the same results as when you make pancake batter, the powder will stick to the bottom of the container.
Use a small whisk or blender for smooth mixes. Our hand-held milk paint mixers are perfect for small batches!
Let you paint sit awhile. This will allow it to totally dissolve (you might get little white limestone flecks if not) and thicken up. We love to wait up to 30 minutes to get a smooth creamy mix.
We typically mix up my paint, and then do any prep work needed on my project.
We remove hardware or sand the surface while I let the paint sit.
Check out your surface. Is it shiny? Do you need bonding agent? Are you ok with chipping?
If you are using a bonding agent coat- consider leaving it 12-24 hours before apply the next coat (you don’t need bonding agent in the 2nd coat) to ensure good stick.
If you are painting a larger piece- mix more than enough paint for the entire piece. Due to the consistency of the powder, chances are you might get slight color differentiation if you have to mix another batch.
Mix and stir frequently throughout your painting. Milk paint will settle. This will prevent your paint from being darker on the bottom than it is on the top.
Be flexible! Milk paint isn’t always text book! If you want perfection, or this is your first piece, start out by painting the back, or the inside of a door/drawer.
Very lightly sand between coats using 150-220 grit sand paper or a sanding block to achieve a very smooth finish.
Don’t forget your top coat! Milk paint will dry much lighter, with a chalky flat finish. Your piece will come to life, and the color will richen once you top coat!
Colors with a lot of pigment (tricycle and apron strings) are more difficult to get mixed. The pigment tends to float on top. We recommend using the Milk Paint Mixer for these colors.
You can’t over mix the paint. The more you mix the smoother the consistency of the paint will be and it will be less likely to have color bursts as you are painting.
Sandpaper can fix any mistakes or imperfections.