Chalk Paint or Milk Paint – Which One is the Right Paint for Your Project?
Furniture restoration enthusiasts like to stay away from regular paint. You can’t create an authentic shabby chic finish using a high gloss finish paint from your local DIY store, so if you have plans to give an old chest of drawers a makeover, now is a good time to start looking at the benefits of milk paint vs chalk paint. So what’s the difference?
Eco Friendly Paints
Modern paints are not always good for the environment. They are expensive, full of fumes, and difficult to dispose of when you have finished with the tin. It is a really bad idea to pour the remnants of a tin of gloss paint down the sink and cleaning fluids are just as toxic. Milk paint and chalk paint are a lot more eco-friendly.
People have used milk paint for centuries. It’s easy to make: all you need is milk, lime and pigment. You can make any color you like – the only limiter is what pigment you have available. Milk paint can be made from scratch at home, or mixed using ready-made powder from Real Milk Paint.
If you want an authentic shabby chic distressed finish, milk paint is the best choice. You can create some really interesting finishes using milk paint, simply by layering different hues and colors. The end result is a beautiful finish that changes over time with natural wear and tear. You can also change the finish by adding more water to the mix, so experiment and see what amazing results you get. A milk paint finish can be rather unpredictable, so you never know what you’ll end up with – which is part of the fun!
Chalk paint can be bought ready-made, or made at home using a mixture of latex paint, calcium carbonate and water. Shop bought chalk paints tend to be rather expensive, so if you have a large area to paint, think seriously about mixing your own batch of paint.
Surfaces do not need to be primed or prepared first if you use chalk paint. As you would expect from the name, the finish is chalky once the paint has dried, so it is easy to sand down for a more distressed look. It can be applied with a brush or roller and then waxed or varnished to protect the piece.
A little bit of chalk paint goes a long way, so it’s ideal for large areas such as walls, kitchen cabinets, and even decking. As long as you seal the surface with wax, varnish or any other type of sealant, it will last for a long time. If you want to create a distressed finish, make sure you do this before you apply sealant.
Milk Paint vs. Chalk Paint
Both paint finishes are easy to make and use. You can create a wide range of looks with both milk paint and chalk paint, but if you don’t have time to prepare the surface, chalk paint has the edge.
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