Complement deeper grey shades with Pearl Real Milk Paint. With subtle hints of pale grey in its formulation, this pearl-necklace-hued paint also pairs beautifully with black for a dramatic high-contrast effect. Use Pearl with blue-grey colors to add farmhouse flair to kitchen decor or to dress up handmade Adirondack chairs. Real Milk Paint is CPSC Compliant, making it safe for even the smallest ones in your life.
Milk Paint for Numerous Surfaces
Color your world with versatile Real Milk Paint® from the Real Milk Paint Co. Made with nontoxic ingredients derived from milk and minerals, this all-natural paint contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for a virtually odor-free painting experience with no need for ventilation and a safe dry-down for homes with kids and pets. Whether you want to paint plaster, drywall, wood, stone, unsealed brick or concrete, among other surfaces, our fast-drying formulation works on numerous surfaces for flexible decorating indoors and out.
Safe and Sustainable
The environmentally friendly formulation helps you feel good about DIY projects when you use Real Milk Paint®. Biodegradable and compostable, our milk paint arrives in powder form so you can mix up a little for small projects or a lot for larger ones. If you don’t use all the paint you mixed, don’t fret — our Real Milk Paint® stays usable for two weeks after mixing, giving you ample time to complete the task you started.
Versatile Color and Finish
Choose from 56 shades of Real Milk Paint® to create colorful projects that fit well within your home or outdoor decor. From historical to modern, with a little bit of everything in between, our milk paint has you covered on color. We base our hues on traditional paint colors for easy use on furniture and furnishings you’re restoring, and the rustic matte finish enables easy distressing when you want to add a timeworn look to special pieces.
Simple to Use
Mixing Real Milk Paint® for use is quick and simple — just add water at a 1:1 ratio, shake or stir it well, then wait for the foam to dissipate before painting. Adding our Anti-Foaming Agent to the formula during mixing lets you use our milk paint right away, however, if you’re in a hurry. If you need your color thicker or thinner, experiment a bit with the amount of water you need to get the correct consistency. Our milk paint is water-based, so it cleans up in a snap with just soap and water, and it doesn’t require use of a primer before application to save money on materials and speed up the task at hand.
Easy to Customize
If you need special colors, Real Milk Paint® is simple to mix into custom shades, whether you mix our powdered formulations together or choose to mix our base formulation with pigment powders. Our milk paint even layers well over latex paints or other non-absorbent when you mix it with Ultra-Bond Adhesion Promoter, and it also works well on outdoor DIY projects when paired with our Outdoor Additive.
Convenient to Topcoat
Finishing projects painted with our Real Milk Paint® is simple — and you don’t even need to go further than the Real Milk Paint Co. to find them. No matter the finish you desire, we have you covered with nontoxic products that topcoat your surfaces thanks to the absorbency of Real Milk Paint®. For instance, if you want the shine of wax with the protection of oil, our Wood Wax offers an excellent option for both raw wood and milk-painted surfaces. Want a low luster sheen that doesn’t distract from the unique look of milk paint? Then our Soft Wax, which is available in clear and tinted versions, is a perfect choice. For a water-resistant and excellent protection on food-contact surfaces, try our Pure Tung Oil to seal your Real Milk Paint®.
For an easy-to-wash topcoat over your Real Milk Paint®, try our Finishing Creams. These low-VOC formulations come in dead flat, low sheen and gloss finishes for decorative versatility, protecting the painted surface without changing the color. Our Finishing Glazes, on the other hand, do change the color, lending a hint of depth and warmth to milk-painted surfaces with their espresso, mocha and mahogany tints. If you want to add special effects to your Real Milk Paint® project during the sealing process, try our Natural Crackle Paint Finish for a trendy distressed look.
NOTE: All colors shown both digitally and in print are for representational purposes only. Please test any color in context to ensure it is the color you desire.
Make sure the surface is free of contamination, wax, grease, or oils. We recommend TSP (trisodium phosphate) as a cleaner. For painting over nonporous or previously finished surfaces always test for adhesion or use Ultra Bond to ensure adhesion. Real Milk Paint® is a natural product and sticks best to other natural, porous surfaces like raw wood, concrete, brick, terra cotta, etc.
To remove conventional paints, we recommend Soy Gel. Or use Milk Paint Remover to strip away protein-based paints like milk paint.
Don’t use “Color changing filler” to repair any holes prior to using Real Milk Paint®. There is a reaction between the lime in the milk paint and the color-changing filler that turns the filler back to a pinkish-purple tone after it has dried. We recommend using Real Wood Filler.
Each Real Milk Paint® package contains the appropriate amount of powdered milk paint to create the stated amount of paint (sample, pint, quart, gallon). The recommended mixture is one part milk paint powder to one part water.
- Sample – 2 tbsp
- Pint – 1.25 cups
- Quart – 2.5 cups
- Gallon – 10 cups
Remove the bag from the can. Measure the desired amount of Real Milk Paint® powder into the can. Add equal parts of water into the can. Tap water can be used. For best results, use warm or distilled water. Place the marble in the can. Securely place the lid on the can and shake for approximately 5 minutes. Let paint rest for 10-20 minutes so Real Milk Paint® powder fully dissolves in water. Shake or stir again if clumps are present in the milk paint.
Real Milk Paint® should have a creamy consistency. If the paint is too thin, add small amounts of milk paint powder, stirring and shaking as necessary. If the consistency of the paint is too thick, add small amounts of water into the mixture. Reduce potential foaming of milk paint by using Anti-Foam.
Stir frequently while painting. Apply with a natural bristle brush, painter’s brush, foam brush, or foam roller. Allow Real Milk Paint® to dry on the surface for 30 minutes (or until dry to the touch) before applying successive coats. For complete and even coverage, two coats are recommended.
Milk paint is naturally porous and if left unsealed may absorb dirt, greases, and stains. After the paint has dried, it can be sealed with a variety of finishes. Some of our recommendations include Soft Wax, Finishing Creams, Hemp Oil, and Pure Tung Oil.
Real Milk Paint® has a 3-year shelf life as a dry powder and 14-day use after mixing with water. Dispose of unwanted milk paint in compost or by local disposal regulations. Clean up with mild soap and water. Clean your brushes professionally by using Lye Soap.
Spraying Milk Paint
It is possible to spray milk paint! Here are a few recommendations when looking to spray Real Milk Paint®.
- Adding water into your container first, then adding the milk paint can aid in better mixing.
- Mix milk paint according to the instructions above. Using a mixing paddle or whisk is also recommended to ensure any clumps get broken up.
- Allow mixed paint to rest overnight so that milk paint powder fully dissolves.
- Strain the mixed milk paint through a cheesecloth or paint strainer before pouring it into the hopper.
- Use the largest needle size on the spray gun to allow any large particles to pass through the gun.
Directions For Outdoor Use
Real Milk Paint® can be used outdoors (it is colorfast!) but there are a few specifics you should know before doing so.
The only materials that milk paint can be used on outdoors are raw, absorbent materials. These include raw wood, concrete, brick, stone, and others. If the materials are not absorbent (like finished or sealed wood, metal, fiberglass, etc) then the milk paint will not adhere to the surface nor allow for sealing of the milk paint later on.
For outdoor projects, we strongly recommend sealing Real Milk Paint® with a topcoat or finish. Because the milk paint is porous if left unsealed it will wear from the surface and absorb water, dirt, and other stains. Often, if the milk paint gets wet or rained on before sealing, it can have a white haze where the lime of the milk paint is coming to the surface. There are many options to seal milk paint, some great options include Outdoor Defense Oil or Pure Tung Oil. Real Milk Paint® will also take other finishes such as poly, varnish, and more.
Real Milk Paint® Sample size covers approximately 2 sq. feet. This size can paint a small picture frame or add color accents to wooden children’s toys. Perfect for finding the color for your next project!
Real Milk Paint® Pint size covers approximately 35 sq. feet. Enough paint for a small dresser or two regular chairs.
Real Milk Paint® Quart size covers approximately 70 sq. feet. This size has the ability to cover a large dresser, small hutch, or headboard and footboard of a bed.
Real Milk Paint® Gallon size covers approximately 280 sq. feet. The gallon size is the size you need to cover small kitchen cabinets or large dining room table and chairs.
Feel free to use our Paint Calculator for more help determining how much milk paint you need.
Hints & Tips
Milk Paint is highly customizable to create the look, texture, and feel you envision. Here are a few ways to manipulate the paint to create different looks;
- To create a wash, stain, or pickling effect with the milk paint, simply add more water to the milk paint mixture.
- For a crackle or “alligator” look, paint over previously finished surfaces. Also, you can use Natural Crackle to ensure you get that aged look!
- Want it chippy? Real Milk Paint® has great adhesion qualities and sometimes needs some extra help chipping away from the surface. That’s where Chippy Paste comes in!
- For a brushy old world, look to use natural bristle brushes for application.
- As days and weeks go by, the nontoxic paint will continue to become more resistant to moisture.
- Try in an inconspicuous area first, the color may change.
- Wear proper safety equipment, goggles, and rubber gloves.
- How to Use Real Milk Paint
- How to Paint Walls
- How to Strip a Surface
- How to Crackle Paint
- How to Paint Unknown Surfaces
CAUTION: Contains calcium hydroxide (lime) may burn eyes and skin. Flush and rinse with warm water immediately.
What Real Milk Paint® is made of
We believe in being honest with what is in our products. That is why we provide the ingredients used in them so you can rest assured of knowing exactly what is in the product you use. It’s just another way we make it easier on you!
Milk Paint is made from
- Casein (milk protein)
- Calcium Lime
- Natural Pigment colors
- Plant-based filler (edible)
Safety Data Sheet
Want to dive in further? Then take a look at our Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Click here to view and/or download the Real Milk Paint® SDS.
Real Milk Paint is a kid safe paint and we back that up by having our milk paint tested to be compliant and meet the requirements set by the CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission). Real Milk Paint meets the requirements and is suitable to be used as a kid safe paint for children and baby products. Our milk paint is tested by an ISO-accredited US CPSC-accepted lab for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s requirements for ASTM F963-17 – Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety Soluble Heavy Metals in Paints, Surface Coatings or Substrates & Total Lead Content in Paint and Surface Coatings. Both of which Real Milk Paint passes! Now you can rest easy knowing that the paint you use is safe for even the littlest of ones in your life. Read more about this topic by clicking here!
Click here to read the Formal Letter Of Compliance.
NOTE: All unlisted Real Milk Paint® colors are made with combinations of the ingredients in the above-tested colors. In the manufacturing of Real Milk Paint® colors not listed in this report, no other ingredients are added so you can rest assured that your project, no matter the color used, has integrity.
Do you make baby and/or kids toys for sale?
If you make baby and kid’s toys for sale and wish to use Real Milk Paint we recommend purchasing the Real Milk Paint CPSC Test Report. This document is necessary to show as proof your products are in compliance with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s requirements.
Milk Paint Project Planning Guide
Need help planning your next project using Real Milk Paint®? Then use this handy guide to walk you through the steps! Click on the image to expand.
How much paint do I need?
No need to crunch numbers! Our handy paint calculator will help you figure out how much paint you need! To get started, enter the dimensions of the surface(s) you’re painting (in feet). NOTE: this is not the square footage of your floors! Our paint estimator assumes a two-coat application for optimal coverage.
For example, to paint four walls in a room you would add the width and height of each wall. Enter a single walls dimensions, click “add area”, then enter the next walls dimensions and repeat.