In 1974, after much experimentation, we recreated an old Milk Paint formula to provide an authentic finish for our primary business of building reproduction furniture. Since then we have sold our paint to professionals who are either restoring original Colonial or Shaker furniture, making reproductions, or striving for an interior design look that is both authentic and beautiful. Milk Paint is now gaining an even wider usage because it contains only ingredients that are all-natural and will not harm the environment. Our authentic real milk paint is truely a “green paint” that comes in 20 colors.
Milk Paint Review:
As my husband and I go on our journey of giving out home a cosmetic make over I got to chance to work with Old Fashion Milk Paint. The color I chose was Tavern Green but I wanted it in a lighter shade so Milk Paint sent me the correct amount of Snow White to mix with it. With this painting going on the walls they sent their SafePaint which was formulated for use of non-porous surfaces such as previously painted walls and for new sheetrock. It will also adhere to other surfaces such as metal, previously finished wood, cabinetry, furniture and more. You can also use it on porous surfaces like bare wood too. This was our first time using Milk Paint of any kind so I was a little scared but after reading the directions I was confident that everything would work out great. The SafePaint is easy to mix, we used a drill with an attachment but kept it to a slow speed which helped get the paint ready faster. Plus it saved us from having to mix by hand.
There is no smell to this paint what so ever and has a great consistency. At first I was going to paint our kitchen with the paint but in the beginning stages of getting it prepped my husband was called to work. Which means there was no way I could move any of our heavy appliances (refrigerator, stock etc) myself. With the paint already made and waiting (covered with a lid) I had to think quick of another area I could paint. Within a few minutes I decided to paint our kids bathroom, there wasn’t much to move and it could use a color change. While applying the paint it was easy to spread and covered the other paint quite well. I was a tad worried because it was coming out darker then what it looked like in the bucket but I kept on painting. While it was drying I started noticing it was becoming lighter which was what I wanted. Once the whole bathroom was painted it was time to wait for it to be completely dry I gave it about a hour maybe a little over before I went to check on it. After that time I went in to inspect the work that I had done, the color was the shade I wanted and it looked great but as I got closer I saw some problems. We have textured walls throughout our home and in some spots I guess I didn’t spread the paint out enough and it now has a cracking look, not to much of a big deal though. After sitting there and looking at it for awhile I came to the realization that I wasn’t a green person anymore, I used to love green but I wasn’t feeling this one. I have no idea why but my kids love the color and that is all that matters, they also like the feel of the wall. There is no shine to the paint and it almost feels like chalk. I apologize for the photos not being all that great but I couldn’t get a good picture for the life of me no matter how hard I tried! It looks gray in the picture but in person it is definitely green!
My overall experience which Old Fashion Milk Paint was a very good one, they have a great easy to use product. I personally would use it solely for projects rather then on walls my reasoning for that is solely based off my view and how it turned out because of my errors in judgement (color choice) and application. Besides my own personal errors this really is an easy product to make and use, the company is wonderful too.
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