Not all milk paints are created equal and I’m here to say I have found one that I plan on using again and again. A few weeks ago I was asked by my friend Sylvia of My Trinkets to try The Primitive Life Organic Milk Paint and I eagerly agreed. Just this weekend I was able to go and select my color of milk paint and the selection wasn’t easy. There are quite a few great colors to choose from. All of The Primitive Life paints have great earthy tones and the names are great indicators of the color you will acquire. With names like Beet and Cotton you can already imagine the intense colors and natural objects that inspired these pallets of color.
I went with Gooseberry, which is a very lush, green, grassy color. I don’t use a lot of green in my painting so I thought, since we were experimenting with a new product, I should just jump right in. I decided to paint a small thrift store table that needed a little TLC. It was missing a drawer and from what I could gather, had at least four layers of paint on her.
Upon opening the box of milk paint, I was pleased to find a very thorough set of instructions and tips for success. The instructions were very reader friendly and had information on avoiding any mistakes while using milk paint. Very good for us milk paint newbies. Upon reading the instructions I decided that a light sanding would do my little table some good.
With the sander I removed loose paint and gave it just enough of a roughing up to allow the milk paint a good surface to adhere to. I also cut out and nailed the faux drawer into place.
Next I went on to mix the paint. According to the directions you are to use a 1:1 ratio of paint powder to water. This ratio gave the best consistency and was not as runny as other milk paints I used in the past. I used a 1/3 cup to measure out the paint as well as the water and mixed it with a craft tongue depressor. In order to get the lumps out, I just pressed the depressor on the sides of my plastic bowl until all the lumps were gone.
I have heard that milk paint has a strong sour milk smell to it, but being outside I didn’t find the smell overpowering. It did have a scent but it was not of sour milk. It was more of a mineral smell that didn’t bother me.
The coverage was amazing! The Primitive Life milk paint went on very smooth and even. It only took one coat of paint and a few touch ups to get the desired coverage. I did not get any paint chipping or splitting on the piece of furniture. The results were consistent along the whole piece of furniture.
I could have stopped there and clear waxed the table but I wanted to see how far I could take The Primitive Life Organic Milk Paint. Just like everyone in the biz, I have techniques that make my work, just a little different and uniquely mine. If I am going to use a product, I want to know that I will still have the option of being creative and push the envelope, and still get amazing results. I decided to distress and antique my little table and just for kicks I abandoned the wax completely and used polyacrylic to seal the piece. The milk paint not only performed amazingly, but the results were fantastically unique to milk paint. The range of color and depth is not something I have ever achieved with my usual paint. Because the milk paint is organic, it leaves a porous surface. The stain used for antiquing was very deep in color and absorbed in different consistencies throughout the piece leaving a very authentic antique weathering effect. Also the milky surface lead to a matte finish on the seal which added to the authentic, primitive look. This technique gave a finished result without looking too luminous.
Here is the finished result. I included the stick I used to stir the paint so you could see how well the milk paint took the antiquing stain. I LOVE IT! It look to be a bold evergreen color. I also have to brag on my little faux drawer. How good did that turn out?!?! I even was able to recycle an old knob I acquired from a garage sale “junk” jar.
If you are researching milk paints and want a great product that is cost effective, gives great results, and allows you to experiment, give The Primitive Life Milk Paint a try. To purchase go to the My Trinkets Facebook site. Sylvia is an authorized dealer and would be happy to help you with your painting needs. You can also visit The Primitive Life Organic Milk Paint Facebook page for more information on products and to see what others have done with their paints. Make sure you tell them you heard it here!
Best wishes on your DIY projects and happy painting!
April from My Three C’s