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Old Fashioned Milk Paint

As in originally produced home-made milk paint, we use milk protein, lime, clay, and earth pigments such as ochre, umber, iron oxide, lampblack, etc. The lime is alkaline but becomes totally inert when mixed with the slightly acid milk. We use no lead, no chemical preservatives, no fungicides. Milk paint contains no hydrocarbons or any other petroleum derivatives.

This genuine, environmentally-safe, non-toxic, zero-VOC Milk Paint is available in twenty colors that dry to a beautiful velvet finish. Comes in powder form that mixes with water to make pints, quarts or gallons. Also available as a base (no pigment) for adding your own pigments. For use on porous surfaces such as wood and masonry.

Old Fashioned 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 predate the use of petrochemicals and other toxic bases and solvents, it is biodegradable, non-toxic, and odor-free when dry. MILK PAINT is preferred by custom furniture builders, interior designers, artists, craftsmen, do-it-yourself-ers, and those who are sensitive to the need to protect the environment.

Color Chart

MSD Sheet

The Green Store is currently offering Milk Paint by the pint. This is 6 oz. of  powder, plus water and will cover approximately 35 square feet.



APPLICATIONS: 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 EXTRA-BOND, it will also adhere to just about any non-porous surface. MILK PAINT is used by artists and craftsmen to create decorative results that cannot be achieved with other paints. The dead flat, uneven, grainy look is quite distinctive. MILK PAINT is also used for interior walls, floors and woodwork in homes, offices and public areas used by people allergic or otherwise sensitive to chemically based paints.

ADVANTAGES: Produces an authentic Colonial or Shaker finish Adheres to almost all clean, porous surfaces Environmentally safe, non-toxic and anti-bacterial Non-flammable Dead flat finish. Solvent free Fast drying Odorless when dry Comes in deep rich colors Longest lasting paint known Colors can be blended, by the user, to produce many tints and shades Permanent colors; will not fade Easily cleaned up with water

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Color: Comes in sixteen historical colors. Also available as a translucent base to which pigment can be added for an infinite variety of hues, tones and shades. Non-Flammable State: Dry Powder Non-Combustible Mixing Medium: Water Environmental Safety: Biodegradeable and non-toxic Mixing Temperature: Mixes best with warm water Thinner: Water VOC’s: None – entirely solvent free Clean Up: Soap and Water Odor: Faint milky odor when wet, odorless when dry Drying Time: Dry to the touch, 30 mins To re-coat, wait two hours. Cures and hardens over time. Shelf Life: In sealed bag, indefinitely. As liquid, overnight, seal and refrigerate.