Sherwood Brown - MILK PAINT STAIN
Milk Paint Stain
Using the same ingredients as found in our Milk Paint, you simply mix with water and apply to wood.
This is great for exterior decks chairs or furniture as it will never chip or peel. Over time slight wearing will occur with lots of rain on horizontal surfaces. Vertical surfaces are hardly impacted. Available in 4 colours: Pacific Redwood, Provincial Walnut, Quebec Maple and Sherwood Brown. Many people custom blend colours together to create a custom shade variation. Any milk paint colour can be turned into a stain by following the stain mixing instructions.
After 3-5 years you can re-mix some stain and re-apply.
There is no sanding required, no preparation work necessary.
Just mix, apply and seal!
To create a washed look or stain out of milk paint, simply add more water to your mixture! See below for tips and technique on how to achieve your desired finish. Whichever technique you use, the finish will be unlike any other!
Step 1. Preparation
Make sure that your project is free of any previous top coats so that the Milk Paint Stain can properly absorb into the surface. This may require that you remove the previous layers by sanding them away, or using our non toxic Soy Gel Paint and Urethane Stripper.
Step 2. Staining
Mixture for Stain: Mix 3 parts water to 1 part powder. Mix with a blender, or stir by hand. The consistency will be very thin, like water. Apply with even strokes from end to end for consistency. The stain will completely dry in approximately 15 minutes.
Tip. Add Homestead House Milk Paint Extender to your stain to keep the pigments suspended so that your colour remains even. Stir your Milk Paint every 10 minutes.
Step 3. Finishing
Once you are satisfied with the application of your Milk Paint Stain you can gently sand with a 300 grit sand paper to smooth out any raised wood grain. Once you are satisfied, you may continue with your desired top coat. Hemp oil, tung oil or beeswax are all excellent top coat finishes that are 100% natural and food safe. The oil helps to seal and protect the surface and to saturate the Milk Paint so it appears vibrant and not chalky. Hemp oil and beeswax are recommended for interior applications. Tung oil is recommended for exterior. Two coats of oil is ideal and you’re done! A varnish or urethane may also be used.
Homestead House milk paints are biodegradable
Homestead House colours depict the pioneer and colonial era of colours popular in those time periods. For more beautiful examples of the colours in the Milk Paints please visit our Blog.
Choose a surface to get started:
SHINY, GLOSS, + PREVIOUSLY PAINTED
Lightly sand to remove sheen
PREVIOUSLY WAXED PIECE
Remove the wax with mineral spirits
IKEA SURFACES SUCH AS MELAMINE AND THERMOFOIL
Add bonding Agent to your Milk Paint
No primer needed
FUSIONTM MINERAL PAINT
No primer needed
New to Milk Paint? You've got this!
Just add water!
- Mix it
Combine 1 part water to 1 part powder and stir for 1 minute.
- Paint it
Using any brush, apply Milk Paint to your surface. Each coat dries within 15-30 minutes (yep – speedy!) and can be re-coated immediately once dried.
- Finish it
Apply a top coat to seal your Milk Paint and bring out the true depth of colour! This will also protect your paint for a finish that lasts generations. Hemp oil and furniture wax are great, easy to use options!
- Easy to mix
- No brush strokes
- Smooth as silk to chippy chic - you choose
- Won’t chip or peel on porous surfaces
- Super versatile – use it on furniture, walls, and any interior or exterior applications
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Milk Paint?
Milk Paint is a natural paint made with 5 ingredients. Lime, Chalk, Clay, Casein (Milk protein) and Pigments. It is an ancient paint formula! A version of this paint can be found in cave drawings and the Pyramids.
Milk paint is a natural, eco-friendly and sustainable way to paint your home and furniture. It's also easy to use and produces an amazingly durable finish that enhances the character of any surface. The milk protein in it acts as a binding agent for the pigment particles that provide colour, creating a smooth texture with low flat sheen. Milk paint can be used on furniture, walls or wood surfaces, but is best suited for absorbent materials such as raw wood, plaster and drywall because of its water-sensitive properties on furniture and other surfaces that may come into contact with water this paint needs to be sealed with a topcoat.
Mixing Milk Paint
It really is a simple paint to use and mix! Just add equal parts water and powder and stir for a few minutes. The powder will absorb into the water and you will be left with a table cream consistency. It isn't as thick as regular paint but the coverage is exceptional. For a wash or stain look, add more water 1 part powder to 3 parts water. For textured and crackled effect mix a little thicker than the 1-1.
How to get the Chippy look
Milk Paint is famous for its 'Chippy' look, this happens when the paint is applied to a previously painted surface without sanding. It chips off in certain areas creating this time worn authentic look. No other paint on the market can achieve this.
To achieve a chippy look on a prepped or raw wood surface you can just add a little salad bowl wax or Hemp Oil or our Beeswax black to certain areas of your project that you'd like the paint to chip.
To avoid chipping on your furniture just prep well with TSP and scuff sand the surface, if the surface is shiny add some bonding agent into your first coat of mixed milk paint.
If you have chipping and you like it but want to prevent it from continuing to chip, just coat it with out Tough Coat or Stain and Finishing oil to seal it in.
Sealing Milk Paint
Sealing Milk Paint is the final step of the painting process. It helps protect your furniture from spills and stains, as well as prolonging its life. There are a few different methods to seal milk paint that you can choose from including our natural Hemp Oil, our waxes, Stain and Finishing Oil and even out Tung Oil. For Milk Painted walls you don't need to seal at all!