Mixing Milk Paint Colors Together

Do you want to use the power of powdered milk paint on furniture, but you aren’t seeing the color you want? Don’t worry! Mixing milk paint colors is easy as pie! But here are some secrets and tips!

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Milk paint is a different type of paint that comes in a powdered form instead of the normal liquid paint we’re used to.

It creates a chippy (or not if you don’t want chippy) old worn-out finish that is perfect for the ever-popular farmhouse style.

But, the color you want might not be available with milk paint lines. Don’t worry! You can mix colors together to create the color you’re after.

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How to Mix Powdered Milk Paint Colors

Powdered milk paint is a little bit different than regular paint because you’re working with a powdered form of paint instead of a liquid form.

But it’s the same concept! Except for one thing.

You need to mix the paint colors together when they are in their powdered form. Don’t mix the water in yet!

put a small amount of milk paint into container

Once you have a mixture, you can test out a small part of the paint to make sure the color is right.

If it’s still not right, you can continue to mix colors until you get the right color.

mixed milk paint colors in container

After you test it and get the right color, then you can mix water into the powder.

But, I still only mix 1/2 cup of powder at a time so I don’t waste the mixed-up paint (it only lasts a day or so mixed up).

You can mix 2 colors or a bunch of colors! But there are tricks to the trade to make mixing a great experience.

How to Test New Milk Paint Color

Test the paint color by placing a tiny amount of the powdered milk paint on a paper plate.

Drop a tiny bit of water onto the new color and mix it together. Let it dry, and then seal it so you can see what color it will be once you put a top coat on it.

*Milk paint changes in color after it is sealed, so you really want to seal the test color to make sure it’s the color you’re after.

testing the new milk paint color on old scrap piece of furniture
I tested this new paint color out on an old scrap piece of furniture and sealed it to check the true color.

Tips and Tricks for Mixing Milk Paint Colors Together

  • Mix the powdered paint colors together before mixing in water.
  • Mix a small amount first so you don’t end up wasting all of the paint if the color doesn’t work out like you think it will.
  • Keep track of the ratio you use for the paint color. If you run out, or want to create the color again, you’ll need to know how much of each paint color you mixed in to create the new paint color. Be as accurate as possible if the exact color really matters to you.
  • Sift the powdered colors through with a flour sifter so you don’t have any variations in the color. If you don’t sift it, you may end up with spots of the different colors in your finish.
  • Once you have the right color, only mix 1/2 cup at a time with water so you don’t waste it. Learn how to mix milk paint here.

Have fun!!! Be like a mad scientist and create ALL the new colors!

Where to Buy Milk Paint Powder

Here is a list of where you can find milk paint online:

If you’re looking for where to buy milk paint locally, you can search your paint of choice followed by “retailers” and you should find a list of local retailers.

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