What an interesting product
and really timely
given our current fascination with all natural products
and "going green"
I have loved this product ever since I first began
When I found an inexpensive little chest
or something sort of interesting that just needed some TLC,
I tried everything I could think of
to get that dry, chalky finish found in real antique primitives.
And then I found Milk Paint.
I purchased my first little bag from an antique store in
Orange is one of THE BEST destinations
in Southern California.
If you go, make a day of it...
you won't be disappointed
The Real Milk Paint company began in 1974
and has been manufacturing the product much the same since then.
A bag, which will make up about a pint,
costs around $11 dollars.
Using only natural ingredients of milk proteins,
lime and natural pigments,
milk paint is sold only in powder form.
The 20 colors are based on historical milk paint
but, it can be mixed and re-worked to achieve any color you can think up.
Here is a link to their face book page which shows the amazing variety of colors that they have thought up....
and it includes the recipes!
If you are interested in the history of this type of paint
you can read the entire story here
What an amazing finish on this cabinetry...hummm should I try this?
These photos are the work of contemporary cabinet makers
using milk paint to achieve the wonderful patina of a primitive, from the 1800s
It fits perfectly with swedish furniture in patina and color
new re-edition furniture
Decorative painters seem to love this paint,
probably because of the simple raw quality it has, is so charming
Interesting, that you can't really strip it off once it has been applied.
Most artisans finish their work with linseed oil and then use wax or danish oil for that beautiful soft hand rubbed sheen...
There are so many ways to produce an interesting color and finish...
layering, sanding, burnishing,
it's really just your imagination
and a bit of elbow grease
Have you used this paint?
Please share your ideas....if you have!
Thanks for taking a peek today
*all photos courtesy
The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company