Milk Paint 101 - Mix it up! | Maine Country Home

We’ve been on a bit of a Milk Paint kick lately. It comes in waves, sometimes we’ll paint everything with Chalk Paint®, and sometimes we yearn to mix up some Milk Paint.

We talked last week about the differences between the two paints. As you may remember one of the biggest differences is that Milk Paint comes as a powder and you mix it with water to make your own paint. If you’ve never done it before it can seem a little intimidating, but we’re here to tell you it’s SO easy! Here’s a quick video tutorial from Miss Mustard Seed herself to get you started, and then we’ll jump into our easy step-by-step instructions.

So let’s get started! Here’s what you need:

1. Your favorite Milk Paint color(s)

milk paint dried lavender

2. Cup with lid, or mason jar (our preference) so you can store leftover paint in the jar

3. A whisk, mixer, or blender, Magic Bullets also work great!


4. A tablespoon or a small scoop

When painting with Milk Paint you want to have a nice consistent color and that means you have to mix it completely. Milk Paint has many pigments in the powder, so in order to get the desired color you need to dissolve all of them.

mixing milk paint

Start with 1 part warm water then add 1 part powder, you can always add more paint or more water to get the consistency you want. Warm water is important, we’ve found the paint dissolves much better in warm than it does in cold. You can mix with a whisk, mixer, or designated blender. The mixer or blender will give you a smoother consistency, especially if you’re mixing a lot of paint. Here’s a great video below that outlines the different mixing methods. Our favorite method is using an electric mixer.

Milk Paint is slightly more watery than your typical paint, so keep that in mind while you’re mixing. Your paint should slowly drip off your brush, not run quickly, but also not be so thick that it does not flow at all.  If your paint is too thin just add a little powder, and if your paint seems too think add a little more water and keep mixing.

After the paint is mixed let it sit for a few minutes. This will help it thicken up a bit.

Use a test board to check how your paint looks. If it looks too thin it probably is. Your first coat should be a nice consistent color throughout. You may see lumps of pigment when you start painting, this is normal! You can usually brush them out while you’re painting. We like to leave them and sand them off after the paint is dry, it adds another color dimension into the paint. For instance, Trophy has white, brown, and grey pigments in it. Sometimes the lumps are the white pigment, so when you sand them you get speckles of white in with they grey. Fun!

milk paint colors

Easy right? If you ever get stuck you can bookmark this post, or visit a page we have dedicated entirely to how to mix Milk Paint. There’s lots of videos there too in case you get bored this winter and the cable’s out.

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