How to Mix Milk Paint

Mixing milk paint is easy! Get the best tips, tricks, and methods for how to mix powdered milk paint without any fuss, so you can paint your old furniture in an old world / farmhouse style!

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Milk paint is known for its old world, chippy paint, farmhouse style, shabby chic look. But it’s a little bit different than other paint.

It comes in a powdered form.


how to mix milk paint for furniture

Don’t be scared though! Mixing it into a liquid form of paint is super easy. But there are definitely a few tips and tricks for the best results.

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The Basics of Mixing Milk Paint

Powdered milk paint has to be mixed with water to turn it into a liquid paint.

Simply mix 1 part milk paint powder with 1 part water.

supplies for mixing milk paint for furniture

After it’s mixed up, put the lid on and let it sit for about 15 minutes. This lets the powder dissolve, and it lets the milk paint thicken up a bit.

So, while you wait, remove the hardware off of your dresser, wipe it down, (and scuff sand it if you don’t want any chipping).

How to Mix Milk Paint

What to Mix Milk Paint In

Milk paint usually comes in a bag of some sort. So you need something to mix it in.

My favorite containers are plastic Tupperware containers that have a good sealing lid. But, my cheap side loves to use clean sour cream, cottage cheese, or yogurt containers. You can also use old glass jars!

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How Much to Mix at a Time

I’ve learned from the pros and tested it out myself. The best amount to mix at a time is a 1/2 of water to a 1/2 cup of powder.

How to Mix Milk Paint without Getting Clumps

add powdered milk paint to water

This is my favorite method of mixing milk paint. Surprisingly, it helps with not getting clumps in the mixed up milk paint!

  • Add 1/2 cup water to the container.
  • Add 1/2 cup milk paint powder to the container.
  • Secure the lid onto the container, and make sure it’s tight!
  • Shake the container (vigorously) for 1-2 minutes.
  • Open the lid and mix with a plastic fork to make sure it’s all mixed.
  • Let sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Quickly mix again before use.
make milk paint by mixing milk paint powder and water
milk paint viscosity after mixed

You could use a blender or an immersion blender, but that makes more things to clean up, and I don’t like to mix paint with my kitchen tools.

The Real Milk Paint provides you with a plastic container and a marble to help agitate the milk paint when you shake it.

*Note: Read more about the differences with The Real Milk Paint and other milk paint brands down below!

How Do You Mix Bonding Agent into Milk Paint?

If you want the milk paint to not chip, you can add a bonding agent to help the paint stick to your furniture.

The bonding agent gets mixed into the already mixed milk paint after it has sat for 10-15 minutes and is ready to paint.

Simply mix 1 part bonding agent to 1 part mixed milk paint. Mix together with a plastic fork or spoon.

Note: Bonding agent is usually only necessary on the first coat of paint if you want your paint to not chip.

How Long Does Milk Paint Last

In the powdered form, and if sealed in an airtight bag, milk paint lasts a long time!

But once it’s mixed with water, it only lasts a day or so. If you need to use it the next day, put it in the fridge with a little bit of water on top. Make sure it is in an airtight container as well.

best milk paint for furniture

Best Milk Paint for Furniture

I’ve tried multiple brands of milk paint. From Miss Mustard Seed, Sweet Pickins, Old Barn Milk Paint, Shackteau Interiors Milk Paint, and The Real Milk Paint.

Please note that General Finishes Milk Paint is not the same as powdered milk paint. It doesn’t come in a powdered form, and it DOES NOT chip or create an old-world finish like powdered milk paint does.

But my go-to brand of milk paint is Shackteau Interiors Milk Paint. She actually uses her milk paint almost every single day and shares her painting adventures on Instagram Stories.

But honestly, I haven’t had any problems with any other brand of milk paint. They all seem to act about the same.

The one difference is The Real Milk Paint Company. Their milk paint is different than any of the others. It has a gritter texture once dried, and it doesn’t chip as much as the others do. It also foams up a lot more than the others.

So it all comes down to preference, and what is the easiest for you to buy. Or what color you like best!

They all have bonding agents that help the paint stick if you don’t want a chippy painted finish.

Where Can I Buy Milk Paint

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.

See this mixed up milk paint in action here! Black Beach by Shackteau Interiors has amazing coverage!!

Learn all the things about painting with milk paint here!


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the best kept secrets for mixing milk paint

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