Old Fashioned Milk Paint, Light Cream


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Choose from one of twenty base colours, or mix with Snow White to a huge range of lighter shade!

Milk Paint is an ancient organic paint made using basic, natural ingredients; milk protein (casein), lime, clay, and earth pigments such as ochre, umber, iron oxide, lampblack, etc. It makes the most colour-durable finish available, and is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and food safe, containing no chemicals, preservatives, fungicides, hydrocarbons or any other petroleum derivatives.  Home-made Milk Paint has been around for centuries, and is probably the earliest form of paint available. It was heavily used by settlers in North America, and has come to epitomise the character and style of Early American and Colonial architecture and interiors. Now commercially available, it arrives in powder form to be mixed with water, and can be madeup  in small or large batches. 


The deep, rich colors of Milk Paint authentically reflect colours found on existing antique colonial furniture and buildings.  Modern paints cannot compare with the colours and the texture of the finish for achieving the "old" or "country look" of Colonial or Shaker furniture and interiors.  There are twenty base colours, but many more can be easily achieved, by mixing with Snow White (request a Colour Chart to see all the possible hues). Nowadays Milk Paint often used to achieve the rich colours and matt, chalky finish desired in woodworking or furniture makeover projects. (See my Blog to follow my own Milk Paint projects).


Like the paints used hundreds of years ago, the colors in our Milk Paint will not fade. Very fast drying, Milk Paint can be used as a one-coat colour wash or to achieve a solid, matt finish; each additional coat will add depth, but will not change the colour achieved from the first coat. Milk Paint will produce an antique, uneven chalky surface when first applied ~ this will even out somewhat is it dried, but can be smoothed out with fine-grade sandpaper or wire wool. Milk Paint has become increasingly popular in recent years among wood-turners and artists, as well as those who enjoy making or restoring furniture.  An obvious choice in creating authentic vintage colours, it does a great job in making new look old, using various distressing techniques.; on new, bare would it gives a flat, matt finish which can be rubbed back and further aged with waxes or oils as desired, or left as a solid colour which is suprisingly contemporary in the right setting. However, many people love its unprecictable nature when painted over old paint or varnish, which, unless strengthened with our 'Extra Bond',  often gives a lovely aged, 'chippy' look as the paint dries and flakes. The resulting 'distressed' finish can then be preserved under a wax, varnish or oil finish.


Milk Paint is environmentally safe and non-toxic. There is a slight milky odor when it is applied, but it is completely odorless when dry. The paint is safe for children's furniture and toys, is food safe and can also be used for interiors of homes of people who are allergic to modern paints.

6oz Bag (makes up 1 Pint./Coverage 35 square feet approx.) £13.95

12oz Bag (makes up 2 Pints/Coverage 75 square feet approx.) £21.00

(Sample Sizes Available ~ See separate Listing)

Old Fashioned Milk Paint is usually mixed in equal parts paint powder to warm water, but can be made thinner for a colourwash or thicker for stencilling, for example, by adjusting the amount of water added. Only use the amount of powder needed for the project, as once mixed it will only last 24 hours if covered (unused paint powder lasts indefinitely in an airtight container). The solution should be mixed thoroughly by hand, or with a paint mixer, and left to stand for 15 minutes. After this time give it a good stir and begin painting in even strokes along the grain. It dries fast, so work quickly, but any mistakes can be removed with a damp cloth. Allow 30 minutes between coats. After the final coat, gently rub smooth with a fine grade sanding block or wire wool. 'Distress' the edges if desired by rubbing back with sandpaper, and finish with our Tung Oil, Beewax or varnish of your choice.

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