Safe and Fun: Milk Paint

| by Tamarah Long
Safe and Fun: Milk Paint

“It smelled so good on the wall that our client's dog ate a bite out of it!” said Kelly. Had that been traditional paint that dog may have required medical care. Kelly continued to explain that keeping things healthy and fun in a home is always a challenge. Yet, there are several reasons why home owners and designers use milk paint for their projects. People love the wonderful textures that can be created, there are certain classic colors that allow for a historic look, and there are no Volatile Organic Compounds within the product.

Milk paint offers a larger variety of colors than might be found at a paint store. The paint itself comes in powder form and one only needs to add water. One can slowly mix colors to find the perfect look for their home. Gennaro B. of Brooklyn, New York says “We got a lot of colors. You want to follow these steps to be sure it works nicely. First put some water in the bucket. Then put the white base. This way none of the paint sticks in the corners of the bucket. Then add small quantities of the color until you get what you want. That way you don’t add too much color. Don’t froth the mix with the mixer because if you get too much air into the mix it bubbles and creates possible color inconsistencies.”  

As far as texture is concerned, the paint has an unusual and antique look to it. Brett D. of Arlington, Virginia says of his home renovation, “It looked and felt like a solid wall that was frescoed, as in Europe - not a standard American drywalled wall with a plasticee-latex feel. The richness is noticeable right away (pictures don't do it full justice).”

So, for your next painting project, why not consider milk paint - a safer and more versatile alternative. More info on this topic:

Topics: Paint | Low VOC and No VOC

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