Milk Paint class and a special painting technique | Maine Country Home

New Milk Paint Class

Remember the dates Tuesday November 19, November 26, and Tuesday December 3 are the dates for our Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Class.


Join us for a fun time, where  you will grab a paint brush and let your inner artist meet milk paint. We will cover 4 fun techniques including how to get the chippy look. Class runs from 10AM – 2PM All products and boards will be provided. Cost is only $75.

Milk Paint, Stain and Wash

One of the techniques you will learn in our new MMS Milk Paint Class is all about washes and stains.

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The difference between stains and washes when painting is a pretty fine line. In general stains soak into the wood grain and are applied to bear wood surfaces, while washes have more coverage over the wood grain and/or can be applied to all surfaces even other painted surfaces.


A stain is a very thin mix that absorbs into the wood grain. A wash is slightly thicker mixture to wash over another color paint, or on bare wood where slightly more color is wanted.

All of our Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors can be turned into stain by mixing 3 parts of water to 1 part of milk paint powder. It’s really that easy!

Follow these simple steps

  1. Clean wood surface without any past paint or top coats. You need a wood surface so the stain and properly absorb into it.
  2. Mix stain – 3 parts water to 1 part milk paint powder
  3. Brush on thin coat with the grain of the wood
  4. Let dry approximately 5 – 10 minutes.
  5. Finish with appropriate top coat for project.

A stain is what we did with this great gun case for The Maine Country Home.


The case was in good shape, but the old finish was dried out and faded. I sanded it lightly, cleaned it well with a damp rag and then followed the easy steps.

In my case the final coat was Hemp Oil. In total the project only took a couple of hours. Now how easy is that!

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