Milk-based paint: Furniture with a unique soft and rustic touch
You may have heard of chalk paint, but there is a new kid on the block: Milk paint. Technically not at all new, the process behind milk paint has been used for thousands of years. Milk paints are environmentally friendly, non-toxic and you can mix and match colours to create your own shade. Nowadays it is the richly pigmented competitor to currently taking over for furniture, walls, cabinets, and more.
Find out here what milk paint is, how to use milk paint, and where to find the best milk paint products in the United Arab Emirates.
The many advantages of milk-based paint
If you’ve ever been on the home makeover section of Pinterest or seen late night repeats of renovation shows from the last few years, you have come across milk paint. The reason why milk paint is so successful, and why it works as an interior paint, for wood and timber, but also plaster: its short list of ingredients. The simple combination of lime, skim milk (or casein, a protein in milk), and pigment, milk paint has been around for thousands of years and is one of the oldest recipes for paint in the world. Currently milk paint is seeing a resurgence in popularity. Why? The advantages of milk paint are:
- A richly coloured matt finish
- Customisable – colours can be blended, and the finish can be solid colour, stain, or made to chip or crackle
- Fast drying, solvent free, and low odour
- Environmentally safe, non-toxic and biodegradable
- Indefinite shelf life as powder in sealed bag
Tips for using milk paint at home
Milk paint is marketed as a powder that you have to mix at home right before using it gor makeover of your furniture. Though the idea of buying paint in powder form may be intimidating, there’s no need for anxiety. Just follow these simple tips for the perfect application, and you’ll see that it al depends on a good mixture.
- Work out the look you want before mixing – If you want full opaque colour, you will need to add less water. For more of a wash effect, more water will need to added.
- Don’t panic if lumps form – Lumps forming is totally normal! After mixing, leave the paint for a few minutes for the casein and lime to do their work and dissolve. Any remaining small lumps will brush out as you apply the paint (or they can be sanded out with a fine sandpaper afterwards).
- The trick to a great finish is all in a proper mixing – For first timers, test a small amount of powder to see how it responds to water and to get a feel for it. Mixing can be done with a small whisk, a milk frother, or even a blender. For an opaque finish you are going for the consistency of cream, or thinner for a wash. Do not whisk into a froth. Do not bung all the water in at once – you don’t want to go too far before you’ve begun.
- Bonding agents and finishing oils are up to you – Do you want the chipped, antiqued look for your final finish or a clean and full finish? A bonding agent will work to keep the paint attached to the substrate. Without the bonding agent the paint will age and give an antique look.
- Paint follows look: When it comes to application, how much or how little paint you use is up to you and the look you want. If you want the wood grain to shine through, a single coat of wash is the way to go. For solid colours, one to two coats will achieve the look you want. And now you’re ready to go!
Buy milk paint in UAE – milk paint brands
The popularity of chalk paints and milk paints is leading to a proliferation of businesses with products in the United Arab Emirates. Below we have listed some of the top milk paint brands and the products they produce. To buy milk paint, one finds milk paints online as well as at stores and warehouses that sell natural paint products.
FolkArt Milk Paint
Casein-based paint from FolkArt is a true opaque milk paint with a matte finish. FolkArt provides lovers of the arts and crafts movement with a high-quality brand milk-based paint. Because it is premixed and ready to smoothly be brushed on any of your attic finds and restoration projects, you can milk paint furniture right away without the need of priming, as the manufacturer claims. FolkArt milk paint is as a brand part of Plaid that exists since 1976 as a high-quality paint manufacturer in the arts and crafts industry. Try one of their over 21 milk paint colours with the typical flat finish.
The Real Milk Paint
Products from The Real Milk Paint Co. are made in the USA. Their minimal black-and-white pots create an idea of their simple but clever approach. So is the instruction: Just add water. You can try that and choose one of the 50 colour shades like Dijon, Spearmint and Granny Smith Green. As a real milk paint, this one is of course environmentally safe and too.
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint
A true milk paint, Sweet Pickins is manufactured by The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. out of America, the oldest manufacturer of true milk paints. The Sweet Pickins Milk Paint range comes in 36 colours including names ranging from the cosy to the fun such as Tickled Pink, In A Pickle (a bright green), Sunflower, and Ol’ Blue. Sweet Pickins also produce wax, bonding agents, oils and other top coats.