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Sweet Pickins Milk Paint

How much does one package of paint cover?

One quart will cover 72 sq ft.  You do need to keep in mind that coverage varies a lot depending on the piece your painting (how light or dark it is compared to the color your painting it), how many coats you do, how thick or thin you mix your paint, type of brush used and your painting technique.  Whites tend to take 3-4 coats, whereas colors normally take 2 coats, sometimes even just 1.

What do you mix the paint with?

True Milk paint comes in a powder form and just mixes with water.

What is the difference between milk and chalk paints?


 Milk Paint is an ancient paint developed 1000’s of years ago – in fact they have even found ancient cave paintings that are in milk paint!  Chalk type paints are newer on the market.  Only true milk paint comes in a powder form – if its pre mixed and it says its milk paint, its not (it would be an acrylic based paint) – chalk type paints come premixed.  Milk paint is made with all natural ingredients consisting of limestone and casein, which is the milk paint protein – most chalk type paints are not all natural.   Milk paint is well known to be very durable and when painted over a porous surface its virtually impossible to remove.  Milk paint is known for its depth and dimension and somewhat “mottled” appearance – this is unlike any other paints which are flat and one dimensional (chalk type paints, latex, oil, lacquer) – milk paint has a ton of character even when its not distressed.

Because milk paint comes in a powder form (that you mix with water), it can be made as thick or as thin as you like it.  You can use it thin for a stain or thicker to create texture and age.  Chalk type paints generally are thicker and are already mixed.  Milk paint is well known for its ability to naturally chip/flake off and crackle when painting over some existing finishes – chalk type paints don’t do this and have to be distressed or forced to crackle.  Both paints can be distressed, glazed, waxed, etc.

Generally, the prep work for milk and chalk type paints are about the same.  Both paints have their place and one is not better than the other – its all about personal preference and about the overall look your trying to achieve.  Milk paint traditionally will give a more authentic aged look, or you can add the Extra Bond to get a cleaner painted look.