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Milk Paint Recipes and Application Tips

Updated on October 20, 2014

Milk Paint Basics

I am always on the lookout for ways to save money on crafting expenses, so when I came across recipes for milk paint - I was intrigued. I was so intrigued I hopped in my car and drove to the nearest big box store and came home with enough to make at least a few gallons of milk paint.

At this very moment I have a bucket brewing with the milk lime concoction and like a kid at Christmas I'm eagerly waiting to put the first application on a reclaimed pallet shelf I've been working on.

The process is not hard the materials needed are not expensive and can be found at any big box store. Dyes and colored pigments can be found at any craft store or if you are brave enough - mix in some of the natural alternatives (berries, rust, coffee) to achieve the look you are after. (Make sure you strain the finished paint before applying)

I suspect many of the recipes today are the result of many years of trial and error testing.Then past down from generation to generation. I am sure you will find your favorite recipe and perhaps add a pinch of this or that to make it the perfect paint for your palette.

So what is milk paint you ask?

milk paint is...
Before commercially prepared paint was available, paint was made at home based on formulas handed down from generation to generation. Milk paint was made from old curdled milk or cottage cheese, lime and earth pigment for color.

  • Check out this tutorial for Curdled milk paint at Appropedia. Lots of great pictures and suggestions.

Have Fun - Be Safe- Be Creative!

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