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What is Milk Paint?

It’s a powdered, all natural paint (no VOC’s) that has been around for thousands of years. It was found in the pyramids in Egypt and on ancient cave paintings. It’s been used in America for years on furniture, walls, barns, etc. It is a versatile paint that can be used to achieve a variety of looks from chippy and distressed to smooth and sleek. Miss Mistard Seed's Milk Paint contains basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOC’s.

When absorbed into the surface, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint will never chip or peel. With the Milk Paint Bonding Agent you can use Milk Paint on even more surfaces such as previously painted, varnished or waxed wood. Without the bonding agent, Milk Paint will resist some prefinished or prepainted surfaces to achieve an authentic “chippy” look.

If you haven’t used milk paint before, we strongly suggest watching our video tutorials on mixing, applying, distressing, and getting the look you want from our milk paint.  

How to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint?

Mix 1 part water to 1 part milk paint powder. Paint may be mixed in a blender (used strictly for paint) or in a container with a stir stick. Pour water in first and then add the powder. Mix for 3-5 minutes until water is absorbed into the powder and the mixture is relatively smooth. Water to powder ratio may be adjusted to achieve desired consistency. Only mix the amount needed for the project. Excess can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Stir before use. Slight shade and colour variations may occur between batches. Purchase enough paint to test and finish your entire project. Be sure to save some for future touch ups. With a quality brush, apply 1-2 coats of milk paint, stirring occasionally. Allow 30-60 minutes between coats. Finish with Miss Mustard Seed’s Wax, Hemp Oil Wood Finish or Tough Coat.      

How to make the milk paint mixture smooth?

Mixing the milk paint powder with water is very easy if you follow the instructions. You can mix by stirring 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture is relatively smooth. Stir longer if you’re mixing dark colours like Tricycle or Typewriter. If you want the mixture to be smoother, you can use a small whisk or the milk paint mixer.

Is Milk Paint good for raw wood?

Yes, it’s one of the best paints for raw wood. It acts like a stain, but looks like a paint. The colour will penetrate the wood for a lasting finish that won’t chip or flake. This makes it an ideal paint for raw wood cabinets or floors.  

Do I have to prime before using Milk Paint on prefinished wood?

No. If you want a smooth and sleek finish on prefinished wood, you can simply apply the bonding agent to your milk paint mixture. Roughen up the surface with sanding paper (grit 120-150) before painting. If the “chippy” look is desired, do not use the bonding agent and do not sand or prep the piece. Seal the 'chippy look' with Miss Mustard Seed's Tough Coat.  

Can I paint dark wood with a light colour?

Yes, you can. But when painting a surface that is in high contrast with the paint colour (from black to white, or red to white), multiple coats will be required for an opaque finish. Paint the dark piece with a mid-tone first like Shutter Gray or Lucketts Green. Then paint it white.  

What is the Furniture Wax?

The Furniture Wax is used as a protective topcoat. It’s very similar to other waxes on the market, except it’s a little creamier and very low odor. Milk paint should be sealed with a top coat like the Furniture Wax or Hemp Oil. Apply it to a piece of raw wood, stained wood or painted furniture with a cloth or brush. Buff after about 5-10 minutes. Apply additional coats for a higher sheen and more durability.  

Is wax a durable finish?

Yes, it’s a very durable finish. If it’s marred, just lightly sand and add another coat of wax.  Refinishing the entire piece is not required.  

Can I use the Furniture Wax over other paints or other waxes over Milk Paint?  

Yes, you can use other waxes on Milk Paint and you can use MMS Furniture Wax on chalk paint, latex, stained wood, etc.  

What’s the difference between MMS Antiquing Wax and other “dark waxes” on the market?

MMS Antiquing Wax was developed specifically to be used to antique paint finishes. Dark waxes are meant to be used as a wood stain/wax in one. Because of that, the dark wax is very saturated with pigments and can look heavy and streaky on a finish if not mixed with clear wax or mineral spirits.  MMS Antiquing Wax only has a small amount of pigment, so it works more like a glaze with the body of a wax. This product is also low odor and can be applied with a brush or clean cloth.  

What is the Hemp Oil?

Hemp Oil is a finish that is a nice alternative to the wax. It is all natural, so it’s great for people who are sensitive to chemicals. Hemp Oil is best when it’s applied to a porous surface (like raw wood, stained wood or Milk Painted raw wood.)  It will absorb into the surface, creating a durable finish. It can be used over Milk Paint over an old finish as well, though. Wipe on with a clean cloth, wipe away excess. Apply additional coats for more shine and durability. This is also a great product to revive dry, tired wood.    

How to use the white wax?

How to use this product: Use a clean cotton cloth or brush to apply wax in a thin layer, working into recesses of carved details or surface imperfections.  Wipe away excess, allowing wax that has built up in recesses to remain.  Allow it to dry for 3-5 minutes.  Buff to a shine with a clean lint-free cotton cloth.  This product may be applied directly over dry milk paint or clear wax and does not require an additional finish.  Clean brush with soap and warm water. Read this tutorial for even more information.