Milk paint creates a velvety matte finish that adds character and charm to your home. Whether you’re looking to sell your home in the next few months, or plan to stay for years to come, milk paint is an eco-friendly and durable choice when it comes to finding ways to increase your home value and attract home buyers – just ask your real estate agent! And if you want to save money, there’s no need to high a professional painter for these simple updates for your fixer-upper.
Milk Paint Tips
If you want to paint over latex, use a bonding agent such as Ultra Bond. No primer is required for raw wood or other porous surfaces. It’s always good to give any surface a quick wipe down with a soft rag, gentle soap and warm water to remove dirt, oil or grease. To achieve a smooth paint covering over wood, lightly sand the surface with sandpaper no more than 220.
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
For increasing your home’s resale value, the kitchen is king. It makes sense that the heart of the home should look updated and well-maintained. One way to update your kitchen using milk paint is to repaint worn cabinets.
There’s a misconception that milk paint is only good for creating “shabby chic” or rustic looking pieces. Milk paint is actually a versatile paint that can create a wide range of looks to suit your décor. We have many customers who have used Real Milk Paint to create a uniform paint color when painting over their kitchen cabinets. Many realtors will tell you that white, or off-white cabinets in the kitchen are a popular choice with potential buyers as they brighten the space and are easy to match with.
Check out our gallery for examples of painted cabinets using Real Milk Paint.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint to Walls
Painting walls is one of the most basic home improvements for increasing a home’s value. A new coat of paint in a neutral color can instantly freshen up any room in a home whether it’s the living room, dining room or bathroom! As any experienced painter can attest, prepping and cleaning the walls is the key to achieving a smooth paint job. Take the time to remove and sand uneven bumps, patch up holes, etc. Clean your walls using TSP (trisodium phosphate) to remove grease, oil or dirt.
As your walls likely have been previously painted with a latex paint, use Ultra Bond to improve adhesion. We recommend testing a small patch first before proceeding. Use Finishing Creams to finish the walls if they’re located in areas of high humidity or heavy traffic.
Check out our wall painting tutorial for more details.
Painting Your Bathroom Vanities
Bathrooms are another key area in the home that can boost resale values. Having an outdated vanity is a no-no. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars replacing an old vanity, a coat of paint can enhance the overall look of the bathroom. For best results, sand and clean the vanity thoroughly. Use Ultra Bond with your milk paint and finish with several coats of Finishing Cream to create a waterproof seal.
Exterior Paint for a Statement Door
Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. Having an attractive exterior of your home and welcoming front entrance is important to creating a good first impression. Use our high-quality milk paint to create a brightly painted front door in either a matching or contrasting color.
Any one of these projects will help add value to your home. If you’d like more information on exciting painting projects to get into, contact us at Real Milk Paint today.