Old Barn Milk Paint 

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Old Barn Milk Paint is a re-creation of the ancient Milk Paint formula used for centuries before the sale of commercially made paints. It is an authentic finish for use in the restoration of antiques or in the reproduction of antique furniture. It comes in rich colors that are durable and do not fade. Also, since our real Milk Paint is made from elements that pre-date the use of petrochemicals and other toxic bases and solvents, it is biodegradable, non-toxic, and odor-free when dry. Old Barn Milk Paint is preferred by custom furniture builders, interior designers, artists, craftsmen, do-it-yourselfers, and those who are sensitive to the need to protect the environment.



These are two totally different kinds of paint.  Both have advantages and disadvantages and can be used in a variety of ways.  Here are some of the similarities and differences…

Milk Paint comes in powdered form and needs to be mixed with water.  Chalk Paint is sold in a tradition liquid quart.
Milk Paint has great adhesion on raw wood that will never chip/peel or fade.  Add the bonding creme on previously finished surfaces to improve adhesion.  Chalk Paint has great adhesion on most any surface without the addition of a bonding cream.
Milk Paint will show wood grain in most cases and can be used as a stain.  Chalk Paint is thicker and covers wood grain in most cases.
Milk Paint can be distressed and/or crackled and will resist some finishes giving an authentic chippy, aged look.  Chalk Paint can be distressed and crackled, but will not chip.
Milk Paint is a 100% natural, zero VOC paint that is completely biodegradable and non toxic.


Old Barn Milk Paint is used to achieve an authentic "old look" for furniture, floors, cupboards, woodwork, walls, signs, toys, and stenciling. It penetrates into all clean, porous (unfinished) surfaces. Mixed with our Bonding Cream, it will also adhere to just about any non-porous surface. Forgo the Bonding Cream to achieve a wonderful authentic "chippy paint" look.  Simply seal your painted surface with a protective finish such as our Beeswax Polish wax or with a topcoat such as our Finish Coat, Oil Wax, and our Hemp Oil Blend. Each of these finishes can be used for furniture subjected to fingerprints and spills and or surfaces expected to receive heavier wear.  Oil Wax or our Hemp Oil Blend is recommended for kitchen cabinets as acrylics may not protect against certain kitchen oils such as grease splatters and olive oil spills.



      One Quart covers approximately 75 square feet

Samples are 2oz and covers approximately 12.5 square feet.




Small Amounts: When mixing small containers of the paint by hand it is easiest to make a paste of the powder with some of the water and stir until smooth, like making gravy, using a rubber spatula or paint stick. Then gradually add more water until you reach the desired consistency.

Large Amounts: When mixing up larger amounts it may be easier to mix equal amounts of water and powder together using a wire paint paddle on a drill or similar method, on lowest speed, being careful not to mix too fast which can create foam.

Timing: Mix thoroughly for 2-3 minutes. Then let stand for 10-15 minutes so everything has a chance to disperse completely.

Strain: Sometimes powder lumps don't fully dissolve. You may want to strain the mixed paint through a paper mesh paint funnel, a piece of cheesecloth, or, better still, a piece of nylon stocking.

Stir: Stir paint every 10 minutes or so while using, and add more water to the proper consistency if the paint thickens.

Best Used Fresh: Milk paint is always best mixed up fresh. If you happen to have leftover paint, or need to wait a day to finish your project you may keep any unused paint in a sealed container in the refrigerator (even plastic wrap held in place with a rubber band is fine). It keeps best if mixed on the thinner side, even with a thin layer of water put on top of the paint mixture. Being true to the original formulas we do not add unnatural preservatives or extenders to our paint and due to its organic nature it can thicken and gel up over time, so it is best to mix up what you plan to use that day if possible. Any unused powder can be stored indefinitely in an airtight container.

Old Barn Milk Paint is  Naturally Organic and safe! Simply mix one part water to one part Milk Paint powder and stir, shake, or blend till the pigments are fully mixed. Remember to mix while you are painting to bring the pigments back up, Milk Paint can thicken as it stands so add water as needed just a little bit at a time. 

      Stay tuned for tutorials, how to's, and creative ideas from The Old Barn. New colors will be coming this summer and we will be adding more as quickly as we can mix them up! 

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