Which type would you suggest? They are easy to mix and thin. I is supposed to be solid oak but I feel sure the side ends of it are probably a laminate of some sort. There is an ever expanding color range but Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is more expensive – even compared to other Chalk Paint brands, which do a similar job. Mixed milk paint also goes bad so use it on the day it is mixed or leave it overnight in the refrigerator and use the following day. Some people choose milk paint because it is also non-toxic. Milk paint is thinner than chalk paint. They mostly come in powder form which you have to mix with water, then stir like crazy to get the lumps out. In the past 2-3 years both types have gained lots of popularity because of their ease of use and great color pallets. There is a pic at the beginning of this blog that shows kitchen cabinets that were professionally done. Yes, chalk paint should do the job. Milk and Chalk Paint Recipes. I’m sure it will look wonderful in your daughter’s nursery. In 1990, Sloan developed the only product that legitimately can be called Chalk Paint. PS.I’m so excited about this project. Hi Emily thank you so much for the email… Watered down chalk paint will look similar to milk paint but milk paint can have a more ‘chipper’ or distressed look about it, whereas chalk paint can have a more solid, powdered look. Best thing… try it! I was going to do chalk paint, before I read someone’s comment about it being toxic. Chalk paint is completely odor-free, and most chalk paints will be completely dry to the touch within an hour or even less. Milk paint has been around for quite awhile, but from my understanding chalk paint is a relatively new product. If this is the case, thin out the chalk paint. Annie Sloan is more expensive but it goes a long way. Now that we are in full swing in painting and refinishing furniture, I wanted to share my thoughts on milk paint vs. chalk paint. If you are doing a large area like a kitchen and the price of using a store bought chalk paint like Annie Sloan looks prohibitive (read scary!) Any thoughts on this? Needs power mixing vs. hand mixing because of lumpy consistency. Nico De Jager, [email protected] Looking forward from hearing from you Regards Nico De Jager. BTW, I had a Navy wife who lived behind me and she refinished furniture as her own personal love while making $. Both are water and mineral-based (mainly reliant on calcium carbonate) paints that emit no chemical odors and dry fast. Chalk paint classes are so expensive and depending on who is teaching, one can either paint a piece of wood or an actual piece of furniture. Milk paint you don’t have to sand between coats but chalk paint you do. Hi Belinda thank you so much for the email. You project sounds great! Lee has over two decades of hands-on experience remodeling, fixing, and improving homes, and has been providing home improvement advice for over 12 years. I am going to use old 2″ thick barn board tongue and groove for the countertop. This means you make only what you need, along with the intensity or color. Hi Sheri thanks for the comment. I don’t want a distressed or chipped look. Chalk paint can be non-toxic or toxic depending on the supplier, so make sure you read the tin before buying. Thank you for a great blog post that is totally chocked full of great tips and information. HA! Tutorials + videos on how they are different, how to get these looks, make your own paints, techniques + more I love the countless looks you can get from using simple milk paint and chalk paint. Here is the link https://habershamhome.com/featured-products/galley-kitchen/ and a link to their kitchen gallery. Do I need a different finish for the table? Chalk paint, milk paint, mineral fusion paint and latex paint all have different qualities that make them easy to use, but some work better than others, depending on your project. Since milk paint is always best when mixed up fresh, this adds an extra step to the painting process. Both paints give amazing paint finishes; chalk paint finishes are thicker and more consistent, whereas milk paint is often less predictable. It also depends on the surface you are painting on. Chalk paint is 100-percent inorganic. It almost deterred you from wanting to paint at all! Hi Beth Thank you for the email.. its Annie Sloan’s Amsterdam Green with a dark wax on top – but you could also use Graphite. Chalk Paint vs Regular Paint: Factors to Consider. Whether you're a beginner or you're a regular do-it-yourselfer, our checklist will take your paint job from "good" to "amazing." You can layer colors and it dries with a velvety finish. Here’s a link to a youtube video but used on cabinets.. still its in a bathroom and shows the resilience of Annie Sloan’s paint. Both paints are mineral-based, with calcium carbonate as the chief mineral. Milk paint recipes have been used for centuries. You can use it directly on anything, including laminate and plastic. Test the two colors you choose first on a cabinet door or drawer to get an idea if you would like the whole kitchen painted in that color. I have a dresser and crib that I need to re-finish for my daughters nursery. The paint effect creates subtle differences in tone and color. And, it seemed a little daunting (esp when speaking to most people). However, after reading about chalk paint, I’m thinking this could actually be my saving grace! Chalk paint is shipped full mixed and before the application, it should be stirred for redistributing the pigments. In other recipes, Borax is mixed with milk’s casein protein in order to activate the casein and as a preservative. However, it turns out … I’m sure it will be better than you expected! Both finishes generally have a matte-like feeling and, in fact, are valued as much for their texture as for their appearance. This is a blog that talks all about different paints available in the USA. … Thanks again, I always enjoy the time I spend here! Hi Nico I don’t sell paint. Form. I will have to give it a try. While chalk paint does tend to come in attractive designer colors, it is usually not possible to order custom colors. You are a very good writer! Some like to use a blender to get a frothy milk paint while others say its best to mix by hand. You may need more than one coat. If you look at the msds sheet for Annie Sloan chalk paint there are a few disturbing ingredients and on the side of the can it says there are ingredients that cause cancer and pthalates that disrupt hormones. The rough or chippy look is what some people like but you can get a wonderful smooth finish with chalk paint. There are only one or two retailers in central Ohio. Some are easier than others. Some people use TSP to scrub their kitchen cabs before using either, kitchens are so greasy. If you wish to make your own custom color, you will need to mix one chalk paint with another chalk paint rather than mixing dry pigments. It can be applied to most surfaces and very rarely requires any priming or sanding before painting. Chalk paint is much thicker and is made from ingredients like calcium carbonate, talc, and pigment. I haven’t tried General Finishes but remember with AS you don’t have to prep or sand. Eco-Friendliness Very safe; all natural; non-toxic. needed. Because chalk paint comes in mixed, liquid form, it only needs to be hand-stirred prior to use. This depends on your style pf painting or the look you want. Now let’s look at chalk paint, starting with a Annie Sloan chalk paint tutorial who coined the term ‘chalk paint’. Coverage: The milk paint finish offered less coverage and seemed to be less pigmented compared to the chalked paint. want all the best tips? Milk paint starts to get interesting when you layer paint colors on top of each other to create truly unique finishes. There are great tutorials all over Youtube if you want to learn more. Hope it all works out! Annie Sloan has a lot of chalk paint tutorials but you don’t really need them to get the process right. Thank you! Which tools do you use, and which paints? Depending on the type of surface, you might like to test it on a piece first to make sure its the look you want. At the heart of it, one ingredient—milk—is the main difference between milk paint and chalk paint. I came upon your blog and I’m so glad I did. Don’t miss out! Hi Chris this sounds like a big job and to make your life a little easier you might be better off using Annie Sloane’s Chalk paint. A quart of Chalk Paint® will cover about 150 square feet; which is almost double a quart of Latex. Milk Paint . » Primary Sidebar. Hi! http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com, https://decoratedlife.com/1950s-french-dresser-1800s-france/, https://decoratedlife.com/7-painted-furniture-trends-trending-painting-techniques/, https://ciruelointeriors.com/2012/09/02/back-to-dark/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gD9qOuZWEE, http://www.thepurplepaintedlady.com/2016/05/painting-tile-in-the-bathroom-with-chalk-paint/, https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloan-products/paints/wall-paint.html, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkmam0K255M, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6yv-F_HRIA, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPMAwSAO5LU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaLwfbvxZd8, https://habershamhome.com/featured-products/galley-kitchen/, https://habershamhome.com/kitchen-gallery/. You can of course do white with mocha trim too. Hope it turns out close to how I have it imagined. I have only used “watered down” chalk paint and sanded however have been wanting to try milk. The wall paint doesn’t need a finish. Annie Sloane has a number of finishes – but you can use a normal varnish or a wax to set it. Previous Post: « DIY Metal Trunk Makeover using Maison Blanche Black Lime Wax. I sell chalk paint but i am very interrested in your product as it is not known widely in south africa. Milk Paint: Pros. Yes! Its always great to get a recommendation and its good to know that there are other great milk paint products that work! The video below has 4 chalk paint recipes and shows the different finishes they create. Hope all is going well with your decorating! Thrown in the mix, I’ll glean from the manufacturers of these products themselves for further info. The first coat always looks all wrong… but by the second/third it looks amazing. Water-based. Like some of the others above, I am new to this world. I’ve been so happy to be able to give new life to wood products without sanding!” Kristie O. Both paints are mineral-based, with calcium carbonate as the chief mineral. I am looking for a wash, not solid color, and am concerned about peeling, though I’m thinking it may not be a problem with chalk paint!? I’ve been back and forth on if and how I would want to change my honey maple cabinets. Thanks!!! I’ve been so happy to be able to give new life to wood products without sanding! By the second or third you will have something really gorgeous. To my dilemma- I would like to whitewash the walls in our (small) bathroom & (tiny! Not all of them, so be careful which ones you choose. If you have all your gear and want more painting and waxing techniques and ways to make chalk paint there are four great videos here. Do you have to sand furniture bought 35 years ago with a varnish already on it? Shaking creates a paint full of air. Milk paint is unreliable when it comes to finish… but try it first. Most people mix and shake it in a clean, wide mouthed jar which makes it easy to dip the brush. Hi, I’m thinking about painting my kitchen cabinets. Most of the time only one coat is needed and its easy to age or distress. I have found that milk paint does show brush strokes much easier than chalk paint. If you are planning to apply the first coat, maybe on newly-made kitchen cabinets, chalk paint is the most suited. Refrigerating milk paint will help preserve it. To protect your cabinets, think tough; think decking. Enjoy! Chalk paint dries to a very flat, chalky texture, though adding a beeswax coating will give it a lustrous, velvety feeling. I am an independant paint retailer in south Africa. Some people can get even more surface coverage out of a single quart. I usually apply two coats to get the desired coverage. I love your break down of the differences. It is more expensive but it is a great paint. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaLwfbvxZd8. It does not “self level” as well as chalk paint. There are lots of varieties of DIY chalk paint that are less expensive and very smooth and easy to work with. Hi Lani great to hear from you and thank you so much for taking time to write. Also is it alright to use polyurethane instead of wax? – https://habershamhome.com/kitchen-gallery/. is my recommendation to get the result you want. Hope they help. Donna Allgaier-Lamberti / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com Facebook: [email protected] (To see a portfolio of painted pieces for sale). I’m looking to start with a pair of candlestick holders and a small mirror, just to test. Milk paint and chalk paint have very similar traits—but they're not the same. Watch some of these youtube videos below but there are hundreds of videos – one of these is on laminate wood and the other on wood. . Here are two more blog posts with some more ideas on finishes. https://decoratedlife.com/1950s-french-dresser-1800s-france/ – this one shows different antiquing effects including a link to distressing. Take your time to find the right one for you. It is often said that milk paint has a mind of it’s own – (read ‘it looks and sticks differently on each piece.’) This is worrying for some but for most people that is part of its charm. Chalk vs Milk paint Chalk vs Milk paint. You should consider using a blender if you are planning on painting large areas. Thanks for the email! If you have a larger area and cost is an issue, you can cover chalk paint with the protection and shine you want with a varnish, not wax… Test! With regard to testing, I wish there was a kit with say… oh 6 colors of paint, some waxes, a couple brushes, and instructions so one could test / play around with the paints. When testing the Rust-Oleum Milk Paint (left). Both finishes are often used for creating distressed or antiqued dressers, chairs, tables, doors, and virtually any item that will take paint, even mason jars. Milk paint you do not have to put a top coat on but chalk paint you have to. You choice a neutral white/cream sounds perfect!! The main ingredients are milk (or quark) and lime. Great for rustic or country pieces. Select pigments such as ocher, umber, iron oxide, and lampblack, as well as other minerals and water, comprise the rest of the paints. Great article. I have a completely different project I’ve been contemplating for some time. Stacy – thank you so much for dropping by and very happy you liked the Chalk Paint Vs Milk Paint article. Milk paint costs about the same as chalk paint because it is thinner and doesn’t cover as much as chalk paint. I’ve found the pic of exactly what I’d want were I to go lighter! Good luck! Paints have long been based on foodstuffs such as eggs and olive oil, so it makes sense to use milk proteins as a natural binder for paint. Great article! How Milk Paint and Chalk Paint Differ . Its a good idea to start small with say candlesticks to you can get an idea of how AS spreads, dries etc. You have a picture above of a dresser in a darker blue…what color did you use for that? You can age it with simple sanding or distressing and, most of the time, all you need it one coat of paint. I found this great video that also explains the differences between the two paints. Do you think I still have to sand 1st (as needed with regular paint because of the shellac), and what might you recommend I finish it with after? Milk paint's lumpiness is due to pigments that have failed to break up with mixing. THANK YOU Christine! Not so hard, so far. What I take from reading everything is if I want it to look smooth with no distressing I should use Chalk paint? Good luck with your kitchen cabinets! Sounds like a great project! Thank you Christine for replying so quick! Comes as a dry powder that. Here, you’ll find that chalk paints are a piece of cake to get on any surface. This is part of their charm and their curse, especially if you are expecting a thicker paint consistency. Coverage: Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Coverage & Smoothness For some, wondering how your furniture piece will turn out is exciting as this milk paint reacts to all pieces a … There are other non-toxic chalk paints – I just googled it and found quite a few different brands. Is there a pre-mixed chalk paint that would be better? Categories. She swore by General Finishes but this was all she used because of durability as she sanded and waxed everything. Both paints are marketed as “no prep.” Both paints require top coats. Milk paint may be what I’m looking for and my long lost friend. I use orgainic hemp oil and beeswax instead. While chalk paint is often thought of as an antiquing finish, it can also be used to create a modern, smooth, streak-free texture by sanding down multiple layers with fine grit sandpaper. NOW…..what about “mineral paints”??? These pointers should help you decide which one is right for you. But 2 things – you should always clean a piece with a degreaser before using any chalk paint. What about a coat of chalk paint for the base, with milk paint for color washing. Milk paint can help you achieve the chippy distressed look, as it will flake away with sanding. I have only used milk paint – and only one kind, which I love and have used for vanities and even high traffic banisters. On the other hand, milk paint's consistency tends to be lumpy, so it usually needs to be power-mixed rather than hand-stirred if you want an even finish. I describe it as a intensely pigmented combination stain-like/paint. I’m actively searching for what to use on the surface of milk paint (besides MMM Hemp Oil, only because I live rurally and this requires a 45 min. Hi Donna yes, you can use Annie Sloan directly on to any finish! If a very low-level sheen is desired, milk paint's matte finish tends to have slightly more of a native sheen than chalk paint's matte finish. Hi there!!! The texture of milk paint is a lot thinner than chalk paint. I wonder why she doesn’t sell all her colors in the US? I’m new to all this and although I’ve visited an AS store locally, I’ve never attempted anything yet. interested in this as well. However, other paint companies such as Behr, Kilz, Valspar, and Rust-Oleum manufacture chalk-type paints with similar properties. You don’t normally have to sand especially if you are using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, but I think that depends on the condition of your walls. So here’s a summary I’ve put together based on my opinion, along with my description of these products. ACK~ Well, they look almost the same! Yes to both your questions. I’ve been asked so often to explain the difference between Chalk Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint, or between Chalk Paint and Milk Paint. Typically, that includes milk protein, lime, pigment, and clay. Homemade chalk paint is easy to make, there is no prep work on furniture, since it sticks to any surface, and its cheap! We do enjoy their warmth, but thought the bathrooms could easily benefit from a update. But read on for a few tricks of the trade. I really appreciate any suggestions you might afford me!! Thank you for the recommendation – I will add it to the list. Because of the lime in the base (as well as other stuff), it does give a somewhat chalky/milky finish but not as intensely as chalk type paints. With the chalk paints however, you will find that it is easy to create a number of effects that will make the objects being painted adopt just about any look. You don’t have to prep either which is a huge time saver. ???? Still on the fence about buying or making your own chalk paint? PS if you don’t have a stockist nearby – here’s an Amazon link to Annie Sloan – http://amzn.to/2tchhN2 and here is one to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – http://amzn.to/2u8xQ9y. very quick drying – dries to a porous, chalky finish. then this simple recipe is a great way to create your own substitute and get great, hard wearing results. For that reason, chalk painted pieces always require a top coat or wax. You know I love visiting Elizabeth and Co too and see what you great gals are up to. Just to clarify, I mean the cabinets are currently coated with verathane. drive each way to purchase.). They come in powder form, often in a small brown paper bag and super easy to carry. Have you ever tried either one of these paints on oak cabinets without removing the finish beforehand? Hi Emily thank you so much for writing in. Thank you for your help . It’s a beautiful piece. General Finishes Milk Paint is only available at select retailers nationwide. Both paints glide over wood. You can get some amazing looks if you’re happy to experiment. Thoughts?? Introducing "One Thing": A New Video Series. I’m one of those who wants to paint it, love it, and be done with it! With all of these similarities, are there any differences between milk paints and chalk paints that govern their individual uses? I love experimenting with all kinds of paint. Luckily it’s only an RV, so not many cabinets, but the table is hideous. Is it the wax? Thanks Sharon! Milk paint, owing to its caseins, does have a faint smell of fresh-cut grass that lasts for about one hour after application. The kitchen cabinets below were professionally done, but you can get the same look following some of the tips below. Wax can make all the difference… If you are using AS then look at the range of waxes. I’m totally new to painting furniture but loving it. I like the idea of milk paint or chalk paint (although the comment above about the toxicity of AS paint is troubling), but I would like more of a satin finish (think Pottery Barn) rather than flat or chipy. Or are milk paints and chalk paints basically interchangeable? When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. you mix with water before use. You can see in the photo how the chalked paint provides more coverage after the first coat. This can be an advantage if you wish to create a streaky finish. I also signed up for your newsletter in case the info is there. © 2020 Decorated Life. Watered down chalk paint will look similar to milk paint but milk paint can have a more ‘chipper’ or distressed look about it, whereas chalk paint can have a more solid, powdered look. There are more ideas on how to wax and polish to get different results whenever you get time… don’t you love home decorating! Thanks for this comparison, it’s just what I was looking for! What makes chalk paint adhere well to surfaces unfortunately makes it very soft and not very durable. Next Post: How to Eliminate Brushstrokes for a Flawless Finish! It’s a long post so grab a cup of coffee or a pot of tea. Kinda funny. I’m looking at doing mine and was also considering milk paint. Milk paint and chalk paint can be used effectively to create the desired effects, you wish to on objects, furniture and even bigger spaces like walls and glass windows with certain additional materials. This article is so helpful! I suggest trying it on sample piece first to see if the look matches what you are looking for. I just would good coverage on my pickled wood cabinets. Decorated Life is reader-supported. Most often sold in powder form, milk paint tends to cost less than chalk paint, but it must be manually mixed with water before application, lending it an overall thinner texture. Categories. It is black background with red & green. I think you should watch this youtube video with a time lapse on a kitchen in Annie Sloan Old White. “Milk paint is a nontoxic water-based paint. It can be made from milk and lime, generally with pigments added for color. Each one has it’s own unique qualities and allows you to create a truly custom look. Unlike latex paint and particularly unlike oil-based paint, both milk paint and chalk paint have little odor and dry exceedingly fast. Milk Paint. Allow it to sit for an hour to allow the solids to settle. Buying milk paints is easy. What would you suggest milk or chalk paint? After you were done, what did hoy seal them with? The downside is has a rough texture when dry and needs sanding between coats and may need some water added to it if it becomes clumpy. You could end up with something amazing! You can make your own paint following the video below or buy ready made powders and just add water. Does that work? I’m going to start a project soon and you’ve covered a lot of questions I had. Some milk paint companies even sell paint specifically for that chippy look. You can definitely use polyurethane instead of wax, which is probably more hard wearing for your great nephew. To give you a more accurate and useful explanation of how they differ, here’s a deeper look into aspects that make them different: Application & Consistency. Tags. And no prepping! The finish, which is up to you entirely, depends on the wax you might use. Thanks for the info! Recipes to make your own milk paint can be found at Martha Stewart, Real Milk Paint, Esprit Cabane and a cheat’s version using acrylic paint from Craft Apple. One of the most frequently asked questions that comes my way is, “What’s the difference between Chalk Paint and Milk Paint?” Let me take some time to answer this common question and introduce you to the differences between these fabulous paint products. Color pigments are added to change the tint of the paint. Don’t forget to read the description under the video because they go into details of which paint colors they used. If you’re looking for a natural paint for furniture with a slightly thinner texture than chalky paint—but plenty of character—then milk paint might be the right type for you. And while milk paint is organic and chalk paint is inorganic, the latter has negligible amounts of VOCs. It is extremely durable, often lasting for hundreds of years if protected from the elements. Making up a milk paint recipe is easy too – just add water and stir. The paints contain different ingredients and create completely different looks. One of our readers pointed out Milk Paints that are 100% acrylic paints like General Finishes. self levelling, meaning you won’t see brush marks – the paint levels as you apply it to the surface. You are right, of course. 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