Sunday, April 20, 2008

Milk Paint?

What You'll Need:
Milk Paint solids (powders)
Container(s) for your milk paint - old ball jars work very well
Paint Brush(es)
Polish - a mix of pure bees wax and natural turpentine
Item to paint that has little or no finish
Rag for polishing
Sand Paper

1. Be sure your piece of furniture is clean and does not have any residue from grease or wax, etc. These things will keep the paint from adhering.

2. Place piece on tarp in a well-ventilated area.

3. Sand all areas of item to prep for paint.

4. Wipe down piece to clear off the residue from sanding.

5. Mix ingredients for paint. Mix 1 part powder with 1 part water. *Note: Milk paint in powder form lasts indefinitely until mixed with water.

6. Apply paint with a brush. Apply as many coats as you feel is needed letting the piece dry in between each coat.

7. Let piece dry.

8. It's nice to layer your paints with two or more colors. Then, sand the top layer lightly around edges, at corners and on surfaces where a little natural wear might take place.

9. Now, apply the polish with a small amount on a piece of cloth. You can buy the wax pre-mixed or mix a block of bees wax with an equal amount of turpentine.


Make sure you're applying the sealant to the whole piece of furniture, in an even fashion.

10. Simply seal up and refrigerate your unused milk paint for your next project. Because of the milk solids, the paint is perishable but will last for a few weeks in a cold environment.

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