I was sent some powdered milk paint by The Real Milk Paint Co., and I was so excited to jump in and give milk paint a try for myself after hearing some rave reviews from my fellow professional furniture painters. The paint comes in powdered form that you mix with water. You can use the paint just like for some fantastic chippy, super distressed looks like this dresser from the fantastic Miss Mustard Seed…
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…OR you can use the Ultra Bond Adhesion Promoter if you’re going for a more traditional painted finish. I started out with this cute little two-tiered side table I got from Craigslist.
I gave it a once-over with Liquid Deglosser to make sure it was good and clean and ready for the paint. I loved this Traditional Blend Green, which was a lovely emerald color. When you paint it on, it dries chalky, but after painting I finished it off with the Dead Flat Burnishing Paste and the color deepened and intensified, and I just loved the result. The Burnishing Paste (which I would call more of an Egg Shell or Satin sheen rather than matte or flat like they describe it, which was actually better in my opinion) is an acrylic gel top coat. They suggest applying it with a sponge, brush or rag.
I tried both a sponge brush and a rag application and would definitely suggest the sponge brush. I couldn’t get it as smooth as I would like with the rag application. One of the real perks to using Milk Paint is that it is completely organic and ZERO VOC. I painted this little table inside my house with my baby crawling around under foot. There are no fumes and no worries about my health or the health of those around me when I’m working, which is great! Great application, beautiful results, with an all natural and safe product makes me a happy camper. Here’s how the lovely little table turned out. Do you like the cross-hatch stripes that pick up on the lattice design on the sides?
So I loved my first go around with Milk Paint! It’s so nice when something lives up to the hype, but then again, painters have been using milk-based paint since antiquity, so there must be something to it, right? Are you ready to jump on the Milk Paint wagon? Check out The Real Milk Paint Co. I have to say, I’m a new fan.
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