Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Milk Paint

Years ago, when I was a teenager, I read a thrifty book called, "The Tightwad Gazette", and one of the chapters was dedicated to making your own paint using milk.  This recently came to mind and thought it would make a great post!

I no longer have the book, or rather my mother no longer has the book, so I decided to see what I could come up with on the internet. I was pretty surprised to see that there has been a lot written on it. I shouldn't have been surprised, though. A lot of today's bloggers and ladies/gentlemen are fashionably thrifty, and if anyone can find a bargain, it's definitely you guys!

So, instead of making my own tutorial, when there are already so many,  I'll list several sites where you can get the different recipes available and instead comb the internet for some fantastic pics of projects using this paint!

Speaking of projects, milk paint was used for hundreds of years. It's thinner than other paints and tends to give a distressed look.  So, how appropriate would it be to give a piece of furniture that you are wanting to age and distress a coat or 2 of milk paint? Plus, you can't argue with the fact that it's VOC free! (Did that sound like a commercial?)

                            Tutorials or Recipes
http://www.ehow.com/how_2125740_make-powdered-milk-paint.html  (More kid friendly)
http://www.thehaystackneedleonline.com/2009/05/milk-paint.html  (Some great info here)

                Some projects around the web
Visit Whipperberry at Milk Paint

Visit Green Frieda at Painting with Milk Paint

Visit Nora Johnson at Casein (Milk Paint) Distressed Cabinets and Chairs
lifehacker Give Furniture a Worn and Vintage Look

Visit Prana Timber Frames at Aspen Wood Cabinet with Milk Paint

Visit Furniture from the Barn

I love this turquoise milk painted wall Cambree Notes at Milk Paint


  1. Hi! This is a great post on milk paint, thanks! I've got it linked to my milk paint post too today, for inspiration!

  2. Thanks, I'm going to go on over and have a look at your post!

  3. Hi. I'm Korean 40 years old man. I am just searching about "how to make a milk paint" and found your post. Thank you very much for your information and links. I will make my own milk paint and paint my furniture soon. Happy new year.

  4. Jacky,
    Thank you for visiting. I'm glad you found the article useful.:) I would love to see your finished project when it is done!

  5. Whay a great post. I w have been wanting to do this with my kitchen cabinets for so long. Just to find that powder, and I`m on my way.

    I really like yor blog and your crafts. Thanks for stopping by to Aloha affair.

    Best regards,