Using our Milk Paint is simpler than making your morning protein shake – just add water and stir. It's that easy! Looking for that authentic, distressed look? You can do that with our Milk Paint. Prefer a smooth, modern aesthetic? We’ve got you. Add your twist and make it your own. The possibilities are truly endless.
Let's talk about What is Milk Paint? It's an ancient paint, that has stood the test of time. It's an incredibly versatile durable paint. You can achieve so many different looks with it. It's completely natural, easy to use and excellent for beginners! So, are you ready to whip up a batch of Milk Paint? We’re answering all of your questions to make it easier than ever for you to get started.
Let’s dig in…
GETTING STARTED WITH MILK PAINT
How do I use Milk Paint? Do I have to mix it?
It may seem intimidating to use milk paint because of the mixing aspect – but don't be discouraged. Rather, think of it as a chance to really get involved in the process. We’ve refined our recipe over the years making it easier than ever to work with. The best part is, our Milk Paint formula is shelf stable, so you only need to mix what you need. The rest will be ready for your next project.
Just add water – Stir 1-part powder into 1-part water using a whisk or fork for about 30 seconds. This will give you a great starting point. You can adjust the water or milk paint powder to meet your desired look. Want a stain? Add more water. Want a textured finish? Add more powder. Check out this short 2 minute video on how to mix milk paint.
Do I need a primer?
It really depends on the surface you are painting. If it is a porous bare wood surface, the answer is no. Milk Paint actually binds with the wood fibers when applied to raw wood, not allowing for that peeling to occur. Milk paint can absorb into porous surfaces without any additional product being used for instance brick, mortar, plaster etc.
Can I paint over a previously painted surface?
Painting something with a previous coating on it like paint, or varnish? If it is a dull finish, the paint should adhere nicely, with only a slight amount of distressing. Milk Paint adheres well right over top of Fusion Mineral Paint. Tip- use our Chocolate Fusion Mineral Paint as a base layer, then add your desired milk paint colour and then distress for an easy Milk Paint makeover.
Can I paint Laminate, or Thermofoil or Melamine?
Laminate, Thermofoil or other glossy surfaces will need the addition of our Bonding Agent aka Ultra Grip, mixed right into the paint for the best adhesion.
How do I get the chippy look?
Chipping happens when it’s applied to an existing glossy sheen paint or a surface that has been oiled or waxed. Since it cannot absorb or adhere very well to these surfaces, the milk paint will chip randomly, which is also a beautiful effect. Watch the full chippy look video here.
TOP TIP: Fusion Mineral Paint is a low matte sheen so milk paint can be applied to that. We encourage you to always test your methods prior to doing a project.
What kind of surfaces can I use Milk Paint on?
You can paint anything with our Milk Paint – the sky's the limit! You can paint virtually anything you need. Metal, glass, plastic, wood – it all works. Although Milk Paint is traditionally known as a furniture paint, it’s actually an incredible paint for all kinds of surfaces from floors to walls. On raw wood floors, either stain or paint them with Milk Paint for a non-chipping extremely durable surface. Got kitchen cabinets, go for it! Just add some bonding agent to your Mixed Milk Paint for maximum adhesion!
What kind of finish should I expect?
One of our favourite things about our Milk Paint is how many different looks you can get. This is versatility at its finest. Depending on how you apply and finish it, you can get that super smooth MCM sleek finish, or a weathered and distressed look. Milk Paint is just like choosing your own adventure.
Depending on the look that you’re going for, you’ll mix it a bit differently, you’ll prep a little differently, you’ll apply it how you prefer, distress if you wish, or don’t, and you’ll topcoat it to your desire. It’s completely customisable.
VIDEO TUTORIALS FOR GETTING YOUR LOOK
Check out this video on how to get a faux concrete look on a Laminate Ikea surface.
Is the finish sheer or opaque?
Solid Or stain coverage - you choose! Mixing instructions for a solid, opaque coverage are 1 part Milk Paint powder to 1 part water. If you want more of a stain look, mix 1 part Milk Paint powder to 3 parts water. Adjust as desired. Too opaque looking? Add more water. Too transparent? Add more powder.
What’s the texture like?
Smooth as butter! When finished correctly, it almost feels like a factory spray finish, but it’s actually brushed on. Milk Paint self-levels, however, the water can raise the grain of bare wood so will require a light sanding after the new paint has dried. So as not to create any dust, you can apply hemp oil prior to sanding/distressing.
How do I avoid brush strokes?
Milk Paint is truly the most forgiving paint to work with, it’s almost impossible to create brush strokes thanks to its smooth, creamy consistency. Super smooth, every time.
How long does it take to dry?
Our Milk Paint dries and cures in 30 minutes. No, that’s not a typo! This is the fastest drying paint you’ll find on the market. In fact, it takes less time than it takes to stream an episode of your favourite show.
Your time is precious, so go ahead and get your top coat ready. Within minutes you see the colour of the milk paint start to change – it almost goes chalky, and less intense of a colour. You may stop and think, “this isn’t the colour I was going for!” – but wait until you top coat it to see it in all its glory and at its true vibrancy.
What about the top coat? What do you recommend?
Your final step with your Milk Paint project would be to add a top coat of your choice. Apply a top coat to seal your Milk Paint and bring out the true depth of colour! This will also protect your paint for a finish that lasts generations. Hemp oil and Furniture Wax are great easy to use options! If you're looking for more durability, we would recommend using our Stain and Finishing Oil or our Gel Stain. Your final step with your Milk Paint project would be to add a top coat of your choice.
This video walks you through each type of top coat and which is best for you.
- For projects that are everyday use but require limited washing and rarely come in contact with water, we recommend Hemp Oil or our Furniture Waxes
- For projects requiring washing or higher durability we recommend our Gel Stain or Stain and Finishing Oil *note these will add yellowing to your colour
- For exterior projects we recommend Tung Oil
- We do not recommend using Tough Coat over Milk Paint as it may make it cloudy
Any top coat you like form our waxes to natural oils ! Our preference is Hemp Oil, because it’s the easiest to use and gives a gorgeous result. It's pure liquid gold – we’ve been saying it for years! It will give you the most amazing finish and really make your Milk Paint pop. If you wish to use a water based product please keep in mind that there may be some cloudiness to the finish if applied too thick. Stick to the oil products like Hemp Oil Wood Finish
New to Hemp Oil? This gorgeous, locally sourced oil is pressed from hemp seeds. It’s such a pleasure working with this naturally drying oil as there are no additives or solvents. It works beautifully on raw, new, or reclaimed wood. The older the wood the richer the colour of the wood becomes so you skip the need for a stain! Most beautiful of all, it smells like crushed walnuts when you work with it.
You’ve got this. Roll up your sleeves and create something beautiful!
We can’t wait to see what you come up with – be sure to share your projects and tag us at @milkpaintbyfusion on Instagram.