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Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint tutorial and review from Lauren McKinsey

it was during the SNAP! conference that i attended in april that i was introduced to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and it’s founder and creator Marian. i attended a hands on class learning all about this product they call milk paint – in awe of its texture and beauty. during the class we not only learned about the paint, but how to mix and apply the paint to the pieces of wood provided.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint tutorial and review from Lauren McKinsey

here is a bit more information about the milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed’s website.

Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mold resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces.  It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.

With the Milk Paint Bonding Agent you can use Milk Paint on even more surfaces such as previously painted walls, varnished surfaces, ceramic tiles, metal, glass etc.  Without the bonding agent, Milk Paint will resist some prefinished or prepainted surfaces to achieve an authentic “chippy” look.

Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint tutorial and review from Lauren McKinsey

mixing the paint was easy and you can find the instructions on the back of the packaging or on her website.

and on a side note :: her packaging is just delightful!

Mix 1 part water to 1 part Milk Paint powder. 1 part can be anything: 1 Table spoon, 1 cup, etc. Add water first to your container then add powder so the powder won’t stick to the bottom of the container. Stir thoroughly by hand or use an electric blender/mixer for 3 minutes to dissolve all pigments and raw ingredients. Test the Milk Paint on an inconspicuous or less visible area of your project first to make sure the coverage is as desired and color is consistent. If coverage is too thin, add more powder. If coverage is too thick, add more water and continue to adjust accordingly. If the color is inconsistent or leaving streaks of pigment then mix for another 2 minutes.

Apply the Milk Paint to your project evenly. Allow 20-30 minutes between coats. Darker colors require 1 to 2 coats for even coverage while lighter colors, such as off white variations, take up to 3 coats. Your color at this stage will look chalky and pale but once you apply your top coat it will deepen to its true color.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint tutorial and review from Lauren McKinsey

isn’t this little mixer adorable?  if you don’t have a little mixer you can mix your paint by hand or use an electric blender or mixer for 3 minutes.

i could hardly wait to use the paint {grain sack} that i brought home with me from the conference and i knew exactly what i wanted to use the paint on – my old vintage ladder!  so a few days ago, armed with my paint and adorable mixer, i set out to see if on my own i could figure out how to use the milk paint!

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint tutorial and review from Lauren McKinsey Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint tutorial and review from Lauren McKinsey

and i did it!  the color was just perfect for my old ladder!  the paint allowed the ladder to keep it’s vintage look while adding a bit more personality to the piece!

now that my one painting project is complete i can’t wait to try another with the milk paint.  Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint comes in a multitude of amazing colors that are just stunning – i would have a hard time picking out my favorite!

to learn more about Marian and Miss Mustard Seed Paint’s milk paint you can follow her here:

and you MUST take a tour of her home.  it is just stunning and you will get lost in her gorgeous photos!

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