Lets Talk Milk Paint
Just be nice
Hey Y’all – Lets talk milk paint – you saw I wrote a post about Chalk paint last night, today Lets just get milk paint out of the way too, Just let’s be nice about it. I use and blog so many paints because like a hamburger, you need more than one place for a variety to make your world happy.
Milk and Chalk paint have been getting a bad rap for some time, yet they have been around for centuries and have done the job of designing furniture for years. Why all of the sudden should these paints be called into the ring and be beat around? Me, as a business owner, I see it as business behaving badly – Just be nice! For those of you who don’t know, calling products out is an old marketing technique to get you seen fast, but it can also lose your business. Me, I don’t believe in tearing brands or businesses down, but finding the good in every brand or business so you the consumer have a great choice, after all, isn’t a choice what we all want? – After all looks great on those pieces below by Kim Ketzer, artist/furniture maker right?
Kim Kelzer is a nationally renowned furniture maker, instructor and lecturer from Freeland, WA, who has been using our milk paint for many years. Kim is involved in The Art Parts Project to connect Whidbey Island homeowners and building professionals with local and regional artists whose art or craft can be incorporated into building design and construction.
Today, I bring you some information on Milk Paint and why it can be as good as other brands. Painting furniture started as a way to show your decorative side even back in the day. It quickly became the best way to protect raw wood. Heck, history shows milk, lime, and earth pigments cover walls of cave drawings from era’s past, and if milk paint is still hanging around on cave walls, do you believe it can be all bad? So why all of the sudden are these paints not good enough? Why the call out? Don’t these brands deserve a fair shake? These older cave drawings…well, look great to me with Milk Paint!
Having only used some brands of milk paint, I did some research, and here is what I found. If you read the Website of The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company who has been in business since 1974, they will educate you on just what milk paint is. The site states,
“Because the original formula for milk paint was so simple to make and use, it was for thousands of years a major form of decoration throughout the world. Over time, and in various places, different recipes, including milk protein (casein), lime, and pigments were tried, producing varying results in durability. Many of these coatings also provided weatherproofing, while others disintegrated, leaving only a permanent stain on the painted surface. The variations included adding substances such as olive oil, linseed oil, eggs, animal glue, or waxes. Over the centuries, better recipes were found that could produce a durable coating, which could last indefinitely. The colors on the walls painted at Dendaras, even though exposed to the open air for centuries, are as vivid today as they must have been 2000 years ago.”
So, by that statement, history tells you things evolved and today’s milk paints must be made to today’s stringent standards, or to me, makes since milk paint would not be sold today if mixed under the pre-1970 rules. In 1974, The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company made great strides and efforts to change milk paint. They state, “
“The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company was established in 1974. We have made every effort to produce a paint that not only gives the look of Colonial America, with many historic-based colors, but is also completely biodegradable, with no VOCS, HAPs or EPA-exempt solvents added. We’ve found a safe way to reproduce the old look and make a milk paint the old-fashioned way.”
Here’s a link to their MSD sheets.
They also carry AFM Safecoat Acriglaze Matte Finish, Hope’s 100% Tung Oil, Daddy Van’s Natural Beeswax finishes & Behlen’s P.D.E. Milk Paint Stripper to complement their products. So if you have to remove the old – I would suggest using a Milk Paint Stripper approved for their products. Easy-right? Have questions – Click here for answers!
Like I said last night in the defense of chalk paint, all paint has limitations. If you love to try new things, don’t be shied from these brands because one or two people voice an opinion and don’t really use these products. Give them a fair shake yourself before saying, “I will never use that.” You may just be surprised. Heck, if it’s still on cave walls from our ancestors I frankly feel it could stay on furniture just fine!
Want to try milk paint? Find a deal near you – You can visit the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company on line to order a box if you want to do it in secret LOL!
Or find a local merchant who sells this wonderful product in your area. After all in this economy the least we can all do is support the mom and pop shops around us, right?
For Missouri – I have added a list of wonderful small business owners who carry this lovely paint! Go ahead – give it a try…what do you have to gain other than a lovely piece of historic appearing furniture.
Happy Wednesday Y’all- and Happy Milk Painting – and remember just be nice – help others grow and learn daily – you will feel much better for it. 🙂 Thanks for reading as we lets talk milk paint.