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Deck Refinishing

My deck was 12+ years old and was in need of some TLC. When originally built, it had some structural deficiencies. I was worried the wood would start to rot and cause the whole deck to be replaced prematurely. So, I tore off the railings (that's why it is not shown in the photos) and decided to sand off the deck boards. They are green treat lumber that had been stained/painted once with a deck stain (big mistake). I sanded them to clean the surface and to open up the wood so that when the tung oil was applied it would soak in nicely and protect the wood. I used pure tung oil - straight - as I did not cut the oil with anything else. The wood seemed very dry and it had not seen a rain shower for over a week with temperatures at 85+ oF. The oil soaked in quickly and easily. I applied with a simple paint brush and the wood was so dry that I only obtained about 120 sq. feet per gallon of oil. I applied the oil liberally and because it was soaking in so well I did not go back and put additional tung oil on later. The results were fantastic. As you can see from the before and the after shots, the deck once again has some character and looks like wood. A couple days after the tung oil was applied, it rained. Even though it had not had a lot of time to cure and setup, it held up nicely. I like the results so well, that I may use tung oil on my cedar siding if I can find it in bulk (5 gallon containers) at a more reasonable price. Randy


Take A Look! This Table Was Totally Renewed with Tung Oil

Hi, guys! Well, actually, this is not my project. It's one of my customers. He bought Tung Oil in order to renew his hives. Then he asked me if I think whether the Tung Oil will also work for his old dining table. I answered "Sure" and instructed him a little bit about how to renew his table. The picture arrived a few days later. The further half of the table is untreated. The closer one is treated with the Tung Oil. Isn't that AMAZING? Take Care! Assaf


A Shave Horse for All Your Woodworking Needs

Using plans from Fine Woodworking and paint from The Real Milk Paint Co, I built this modern shave horse to handle all of my green woodworking chores. The Black Iron paint combined with the copper tractor seat creates inspiring visual interest while still being the "work horse" of the woodworking shop (pun only slightly intended).


Greeting Cards with Real Milk Paint

I am a lettering artist and illustrator, and use Real Milk Paint to create my art for greeting cards, notebooks, and other products. Attached are a few examples, you can see more at or on Instagram @campcraftco to see some process shots!


Brighter Kitchen

The solid oak cabinets from the 80s were in good shape, but the kitchen was dark and dingy. I scrubbed the cabinets with a VSP product, painted three coats of soft white milk paint, and finished with the Low Sheen cream. Looks like a larger kitchen and feels like new. So easy to use. I was able to do it myself in phases and would highly recommend.


Milk Painted Kitchen Cabinets

This was a project we did in 2013 where a client wanted natural products in their new kitchen. In addition to authentic Venetian Plastered walls and ceilings and a unique Moravian Tile backsplash, the new unfinished kitchen cabinets were all done with Milk Paint from the Real Milk Paint Company, when they used to be located in Quakertown, PA. To this day, the cabinets still look like they were just done!


Walnut Butcher Block Island

I finished my walnut butcher block island with pure tung oil and citrus solvent. I used a total of 5 coats, starting with a 3:1 dilution of citrus solvent and pure tung oil. A yearly reapplication of a 1:1 dilution buffed to a low sheen keeps the wood water resistant. The finish has a beautiful velvet sheen.


Milk Paint Cabinets in Laundry Room

This was a project we did in 2013 where a client wanted natural products in their new laundry room. In addition to authentic Venetian Plastered walls and ceilings and a Moravian Tile floor, the new unfinished laundry cabinets were all done with Milk Paint from the Real Milk Paint Company, when they used to be located in Quakertown, PA. To this day, the cabinets still look like they were just done!


Church Communion Table with Custom Artwork

I recently built a custom communion table for a church. The piece features artwork that is inspired by the fishing boats that sailed the Sea of Galilee in the first centuary. I used various colors of milk paint to faux paint a weathered look for the boat. Blues and white were used to produce the look of waves and surf on the beach. Browns and yellows were used to give the beach and dunes a textured look. And various shades of blue used to give depth to the sky, with whites used to produce billowing clouds.


Marine Teak Table Top

The teak was protected with three applications of pure tung oil and citrus solvent mix. One more application the following year ... just in case. This was done 4 years ago and the teak still looks like it was finished yesterday. Good product, informative website ... thumbs up!



Beachglass was the perfect contrast, serving as a splash of sunshine on this entry locker bench. Another project complete with The Real Milk Paint, so easy to apply, and covers so well!!



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1860’s Vintage Washstand

Here is a 1860's vintage washstand. This was painting with Dijon Real Milk Paint right over the old surface. No sanding or cleaning was done. No Ultra bond added to the paint. Just painted straight from the can with two coats. It was then sealed with Dead Flat Finishing Cream. The original lions head hardware [...]


Brick Fireplace

"Here are before and after pictures of my huge brick  fireplace.  I painted it brick by brick leaving the grout alone. Soft White from Real Milk Paint was perfect for a light wash over the brick. I chose milk paint because it does not sit on the brick and look like thick plastic. Milk paint [...]


Bryan Cabinetry

Hello Dwayne, We wanted to share our most recent farmhouse reproduction kitchen with you using your milk paint.


Wood Quilt

Made of cedar and it’s a 3′ x 3′ quilt pattern that we are going to hang on the outside of the house. The quilt pattern is called “Airplane”. My wife wanted a weathered look and milk paint proved to be just the right thing for that. I enjoyed using your products. Warren Brecheisen See [...]


Scratch Everything

http:/ We paint expressive, original art on conventional wood furniture. We scratch everything on old, forgotten furniture and create a striking, novel design that evocatively reflects your spirit and personal style. Our primary medium is milk paint, or casein, an eco-friendly substance comprising milk, lime, and earth pigments. Milk paint colors are penetrating and luminous; [...]


Art by William Skrips Artist William Skrips says, “Re-using discards and found objects has always had an appeal to me. Not only do I have a penchant for collecting things, but the gratification that comes from giving reclaimed material new life is unique.” He often uses Real Milk Paint in his original and eclectic art pieces. See more [...]



I recently ordered your milk paint and have been using it for art. It is easy to mix, use, and clean up, and the colors are wonderful! I purchased the basic bright red, blue, yellow ochre, black and white and have mixed the other colors I need. Mother Earth Heals is a blog I write [...]


Art by David V. Gonzales

David V. Gonzales is a talented artist working primarily out of Manitou Springs Colorado. He has a natural love of nature and chooses to work with materials that are safe and non-toxic including Real Milk Paint®. Check out David’s work on his Art Page. Eco-friendly Art using milk paint


Art by Heidi Howard

Heidi Howard creates trade and tavern signs in the style of 18th and 19th century New England sign painters. Each sign is handcrafted from 100 to 200 year old boards, painted, lettered by hand, and aged to resemble its antique predecessor. She uses Real Milk Paint® in her paintings, whether it be in historic reproductions [...]


Art by Pamela Richards

I have been learning to use milk paint for portraiture. I use the anti-foaming agent (handy with a beer glaze, but really for all mixing!) and the clear Milk Paint base made by the Real Milk Paint company. The rest is mostly experiment! I love the freedom to mix oil, water, alcohol, etc. and quick-drying [...]



Dwayne, I thought that you might want to see the completed chairs. I was quite amazed by the transition of the finish when the tung oil and solvent was applied. The two top coats of pure tung oil really enhanced the finish, they turned out great and the customer is very pleased. This type finish [...]



This flooring was from an 1880’s barn my friend Greg and I took down in Allentown PA.  We put it back up on my property and repaired rotten timbers and replaced roof rafters with new 2×4 trusses.  The second floor of the barn was this flooring that we put in our Log home and finished [...]



The pictures are before, with a fresh application of tung oil, and as it’s curing – closer to the final matte finish. I am just pleased beyond words with how it’s turning out. You have a great company, great customer support, I’m definitely dropping The Real Milk Paint company name everywhere these days! The floors [...]



Hi, I used your Pure Tung Oil on a project that I just finished today.  I was worried a bit because I used birch plywood, but man-oh-man, your pure tung oil really brought out the grain – even though it was just a veneer.  Awesome stuff Murray