The Milk Paint UK Guide: How-Tos & Products
Milk paint is the richly pigmented competitor to chalk paint currently taking over for furniture, walls, cabinets, and more. It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and you can mix and match colours to create your own shade. Read our milk paint guide to find out more about what it is, how to use milk paint, and where to buy milk paint!
So, what is Milk Paint?
If you’ve ever been on the home makeover section of Pinterest or seen late night repeats of reno shows from the last few years, you have come across milk paint. A simple combination of lime, skim milk (or casein, a protein in milk), and pigment, milk paint has been around for thousands of years but is currently seeing a resurgence in popularity. It is:
- A richly coloured matt finish
- Fast drying, solvent free, and low odour
- Enviromentally safe, non-toxic and biodegradable
- Customisable – colours can be blended, and the finish can be solid colour, stain, or made to chip or crackle
- Indefinite shelf life as powder in sealed bag
The top milk paint products available in the UK
The popularity of milk paint and chalk paint is leading to a proliferation of businesses with products on the UK market. Looking for where to buy milk paint UK? Below we have listed 5 of the top brands and the products they produce, with links to online sources. If you want to head straight to the guide, click here.
How to use Milk Paint – Application tips and tricks
Though the idea of buying paint in powder form may be intimidating, there’s no need for nerves. Just follow these simple tips for the perfect application.
- Work out the look you want before you get 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.
- The trick to a great finish is all in the mixing – For first timers, test a small amount of powder to see how it responds to water and to get your eye in. 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.
- 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).
- 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.
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!