Mixing Milk Paint - Tutorial | Maine Country Home

Mixing Milk Paint

If you’ve never tried Milk Paint, don’t worry, once you’ve tried it you’re going to love it! It comes in a bag as a powder and all you have to do to make paint is add water. Don’t be overwhelmed at having to mix the paint, if you’ve ever made pancakes you can certainly make this paint! We’re here to show you how easy mixing Milk Paint can be.

Here’s what you’ll need:


1. Your favorite Milk Paint color(s)


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



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


4. A tablespoon or a small scoop for measuring out your paint


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.


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. 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!

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