Think milk paint is only for furniture refinishing and other crafty DIY projects? Think again! Although epoxy paint is often recommended as a concrete paint, milk paint is also an excellent – and safe – way to add color to concrete surfaces. Bring a brand new hue to your basement floor, garage floor, or turn your back patio into a retreat that’s the envy of all your neighbors. With Real Milk Paint’s range of colors at your disposal, there’s always an exciting home improvement transformation within reach.

Because milk paint is environmentally friendly and free from toxic off-gassing, it’s a safe way to add color throughout your home. Rather than investing in a costly remodel of your kitchen, paint your concrete countertops without worrying about food contamination.

Is your bathroom in need of a facelift? Use milk paint on a raw concrete floor and save bundles on costly tile. From designing a playroom for the kids to turning an unfinished extension into a cozy mother-in-law suite, milk paint is the key to creating welcoming and lively spaces your whole family will love. 

Painting Existing Concrete

For floors, countertops and stairs that are plain old concrete and plain old boring, a coat of paint adds dimension and interest. Choose from a wide variety of colors, then mix up your powdered milk paint with the recommended amount of water (generally a 1:1 ratio). You’ll also want to clean your surface as much as possible with a wire brush or scraper to remove any hardened stains, residue or old paint on previously painted concrete. You may also want to go through a priming process for strong adhesion and a smooth finish.

Before you get to work, double check your consistency; you may be able to gauge your mixture by sight, but you can also do a test patch to see whether your paint is thick enough to provide ample coverage without showing brush strokes or going on gloopy. Is your mixture too thick? Add a little water, stir and check again. Is it too thin? Add more paint powder.

Using Milk Paint to Tint New Conrete

If you’re pouring new concrete, you can stir your Real Milk Paint pigment powders right into the concrete mix. The trick is in getting the saturation just right. While we recommend five pounds of color per 94-pound bag of Portland Cement, light shades and pastels may require less paint powder while deeper shades call for more. (Never use more than 10 pounds of color per bag of cement, as that may affect the consistency and longevity of the final product).

Tips for Painting Concrete with Milk Paint

  • When mixing up your paint, watch out for excess foaming which can compromise the finish once the paint has dried. A few drops of Real Milk Paint Anti-Foaming Agent will take care of any extra bubbles caused by overly vigorous mixing and help powdered pigments incorporate better, too.
  • Milk paint dries and absorbs very quickly in concrete. Sometimes the paint absorbs so quickly it can get sucked off the roller or paintbrush. To slow the absorbing process, spray your concrete with water before painting. This will allow the paint to soak in more gradually and allow you to blend it in better.
  • Milk paint can be used on both indoor and outdoor projects. When applying your milk paint to outdoor concrete surfaces that may be exposed to the elements or spaces that will see heavy use, we recommend using a sealer, like tung oil, on the surface to help its durability, longevity, water resistance, and prevent it from soaking up stains, dirt and grease.