The Primitive Life Organic Milk Paint Review

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

My Trinkets
The Primitive Life Organic Milk Paint

Halloween Decor-Cheap and Easy

The best part about the holidays is decorating my home for my family. Halloween is not an exception. I just love to see the looks on my children’s faces when they see how I transformed our small base home into a spooky haunt. I do all of my decorating on a budget and try to reuse and recycle as much as I can. I know a lot of us are hurting financially and spending a fortune on decorations just doesn’t fit everyone’s budget. Here are a few tricks I used to get my home a creep-a-fied without using the kid’s college funds. 😉

My biggest splurges would have to be the fall plants I bought to decorate my home. I wanted something fun and versatile and that could possibly survive my limited gardening skills. I bought some mums at Home Depot that were on sale for $2.77 and used them to spruce up the skimpy flower beds and around our palm trees. I also bought two hanging plants that were a bit more expensive but would not only last the season. They are heat resistant, and sturdy so I can continue to enjoy them all year long. That is, if I can keep them alive. These are called Goldfish. See the fun orange flower shaped like a little fish? Too funny!

I didn’t have the money to go out and buy fancy hanging baskets and I decided to look around my home for things I could use to give the illusion of a fancy basket. I took Jute rope, old burlap scraps, and some black ribbon I had in my craft room and fashioned a rather nifty cover for the existing basket. I just tied a square of burlap with the jute and then embellished with the ribbon. If you are less prone to burning yourself with the glue gun, you could glue the burlap on the existing basket for more support. (Those of you that follow me on Facebook, know what I’m referring to.)

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Next I wanted to decorate around the big window on my porch to give it texture, and interest without having to buy expensive Halloween garlands or such. What I decided to do was take old white fabric I purchased at a thrift store and rip it into strips and make a rag curtain. (You could also use thrift store or old white bed sheets.) Using the same jute rope, I cut a piece the length of the window and also added about an inch and a half for good measure. Next I took the ripped pieces of fabric and knotted them to the rope. My ripped fabric pieces measured between a foot and a half, and up to two feet. You want them to be uneven, as it adds to the disheveled, mess of haunted house décor. After that it was all a matter of stapling them to the windows edge. I added a few cut out bats and some orange lights and now I have an eerie little vantage point to spy on unsuspecting trick or treaters. BAWHAHAHAHAHA!

The best part of Halloween décor is the fun monsters and ghouls you can decorate with. Unfortunately, props can run in the hundreds and like you, I don’t have that kind of cash. Creativity is key when trying to be frugal and spirited at the same time. I would start at a thrift store and look for old creepy masks or even paper Mache a scary mask and attach it to a homemade scarecrow. Use old clothes and stuff with newspaper and prop up your spooky guy in a chair. I already had an old British mailbox I use as an outdoor decoration so what I did was string white Christmas lights to the mailbox and tie a foam mannequin head to the top of it. Then secured a wood dowel length wise to the mailbox and draped two layers of old white fabric to the mailbox. I did change two of the white lights to red and secured them with tape so to give the illusion of glowing red eyes. We are now haunted and ready for the 31st!

All my other decorations were reused items from previous years or thrift store finds. I also bought some pumpkins which we will carve closer to Halloween. I think our small base house yard looks great and hopefully inspire others to have fun this Halloween. Here are some daytime pictures…..

And here is the 3C Asylum at night……

P.S. I didn’t take any good pictures of my upstairs windows. I had an extra black, plastic tablecloth from a birthday party and taped it to the window edges. I then cut out slits for eyes and inserted red lights, securing with tape as I went along. The result is haunting! Glowing red eyes stalking you as you walk by…….

If you use any of my ideas, please share them with me on facebook or by email at I look forward to hearing from you! Happy Halloween!!!!