milk-paint

100% natural milk paint gives that antique allure

You may have heard of chalk paint, but there is a new kid on the block: Milk paint. Technically not at all new, the process behind milk paint has been used for thousands of years. It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and you can mix and match colours to create your own shade. Nowadays it is the richly pigmented competitor to currently taking over for furniture, walls, cabinets, and more.

Find out here what milk paint is, how to use milk paint, and where to find the best milk paint products in Canada.


The benefits of milk paint

Milk paint provides a vintage charm for your furniture

Milk paint imitates the charm of old painting processes.

If you’ve ever been on the home makeover section of Pinterest or seen late night repeats of reno shows from the last few years, you have come across milk paint. A simple combination of lime, skim milk (or casein, a protein in milk), and pigment, milk paint has been around for thousands of years but is currently seeing a resurgence in popularity. It is:

  • A richly coloured matt finish
  • Customisable – colours can be blended, and the finish can be solid colour, stain, or made to chip or crackle
  • Fast drying, solvent free, and low odour
  • Enviromentally safe, non-toxic and biodegradable
  • Indefinite shelf life as powder in sealed bag

How to use Milk Paint – Application tips and tricks

Though the idea of buying paint in powder form may be intimidating, there’s no need for nerves. Just follow these simple tips for the perfect application.

  1. Work out the look you want before you get to mixing – If you want full opaque colour, you will need to add less water. For more of a wash effect, more water will need to added.
  2. The trick to a great finish is all in a proper mixing – For first timers, test a small amount of powder to see how it responds to water and to get a feel for it. Mixing can be done with a small whisk, a milk frother, or even a blender. For an opaque finish you are going for the consistency of cream, or thinner for a wash. Do not whisk into a froth. Do not bung all the water in at once – you don’t want to go too far before you’ve begun.
  3. Don’t panic if lumps form – Lumps forming is totally normal! After mixing, leave the paint for a few minutes for the casein and lime to do their work and dissolve. Any remaining small lumps will brush out as you apply the paint (or they can be sanded out with a fine sandpaper afterwards).
  4. Bonding agents and finishing oils are up to you – Do you want the chipped, antiqued look for your final finish or a clean and full finish? A bonding agent will work to keep the paint attached to the substrate. Without the bonding agent the paint will age and give an antique look.

When it comes to application, how much or how little paint you use is up to you and the look you want. If you want the wood grain to shine through, a single coat of wash is the way to go. For solid colours, one to two coats will achieve the look you want. And now you’re ready to go!

The top milk paint products available in Canada

The popularity of milk paint and chalk paint is leading to a proliferation of businesses with products in Canada. Below we have listed some of the top milk paint brands and the products they produce.

Homestead House Paint Co.

Originally the only Canadian milk paint manufacturer, this company is family run and focused on providing a top quality product made from premium raw ingredients. They pride themselves on the non toxic, zero VOC and environmentally friendly nature of their paints. Their colours include a ‘Canadian Collection’, designed to imitate and replicate the pioneer and colonial era historic colours of Canada. Colours include Trading Post Red, Quaker Blue, Upper Canada Green, and Antique Gold.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

Manufactured by Homestead House, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is the creation of “Miss Mustard Seed” a DIY/home decor blogger and author who wanted her own line of milk paints in all her favourite colours. And her favourite colours are fab. With the quality production of Homestead House behind her, this is a classy product with a beautiful range of 24 shades including Apron Strings (a light pink), Eulalie’s Sky (a vibrant aqua), Marzipan, and of course, Mustard Seed.

Rustoleum Milk Paint

Even Rustoleum is getting in on the milk paint game. Their colour range is limited to a choice of Classic White, Ocean Blue, and Pewter Grey, but they do have the advantage of longevity after mixing. though usually once the paint is mixed you need to use it as quickly as possible, Rustoleum milk paint will remain stable for two weeks.

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