extremely challenging to duplicate the
composition and appearance of historic paints
using modern materials. Now contemporary painters
can recreate that classical look, including the
attractive, subtle unevenness of colour, the
irregularity of surface texture, the depth
provided by a glaze topcoat, and the directional
lines of application, with historic recreated
Milk Paint from The Original Milk Paint Co.
Milk Paint is a
traditional, long-lasting paint made from milk
casein, clay, earth pigments and lime. It is a
natural, non-toxic product that bonds with hard
porous surfaces, such as sanded wood, by way of a
naturally forming resin, called calcium
|Did you know?
Milk Paint was also used by the itinerant decorators of Scandinavia, Northern America and Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries.
With traces of it
found in King Tutankhamen's tomb, Milk Paint is
the oldest form of paint known. Until as recent
as the 1930's, many craftsmen still painted
furniture with it - one such famous example being
Shaker furniture. Antique lovers, and people who
have tried to strip old furnishings painted with
Milk Paint, know this vibrantly coloured,
flint-hard surface well.
Milk Paint, you take a step back in time; picture
You're wearing gum boots, and have just
milked Daisy with the intention to make some milk
paint (there's a litre of milk in each litre of
Milk Paint). All the other ingredients have been
gathered and hand-mixed with the finely grounds
pigments from the nearby iron-rich stone quarry.
You hum in anticipation of fresh colour in the
|The redevelopment of milk
paint in South Africa by The Original
Milk Paint Co. has resulted in a paint
that closely matches the finish of the
19th century. It is hand-made in
small batches using earth pigments and
natural ingredients. We have already
added the milk for you in powder form -
all you need to do is stir in warm water.
Use our Coverage Calculator
to see how much powder will be required for your project.
traditional texture* of cured Milk Paint,
which leaves a hard matt surface, can be sanded,
distressed, oiled, waxed, polished to a velvety
sheen, or simply varnished. It dries within two
hours and also provides that genuine lime-washed
effect by mixing the paint - which comes in dry
powder form - with double the amount of water.
Milk Paint can be
applied directly to sanded wood without the need
for a primer / sealer. To achieve the unique
traditional texture* on wood (that no other
paint can emulate), apply Milk Paint quite
thickly, allow to dry, and then sand it down.
streaky, flat matt surface.
Paint is packaged in dry powder form allowing you
to control the thickness of the paint, by mixing
it with warm water, for use as either a wash /
stain, full cover coat, or for stencilling.
flexibility of Original Milk Paint provides a
range of creative options:
- Give your
project a mere wash that adds colour
without hiding the wood, by applying a
single, thinly pigmented coat.
- Apply a
single, fully pigmented coat and then
buff through to the wood in selected wear
areas by using a Scotch-Brite pad.
- Apply two or
more coats, with or without buffing.
- Try coats of
different colours, then buff through the
top coat(s) in selected wear areas to
reveal hints of the underlying colours.
- As it dries
quickly, Milk Paint is also the ideal
non-sticky way of doing paint effects,
such as distressing, sponging,
rag-rolling and stippling - in half the
- Milk Paint
readily accepts a final coat of linseed
or teak oil, wax, shellac, or a modern,
clear acrylic or polyurethane varnish
finish (note that all of these will
enrich and darken the colours).
It is always best
to first test the effects on a spare piece of the
same material before applying it to your project,
to ensure your satisfaction with the end result.
Milk Paint is a
product for the purist or traditionalist, and it
is ideal for furniture makers, restorers,
DIY'ers, hobbyists, interior designers /
decorators, and those sensitive to chemicals and
/ or the need for protecting the environment.