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Chalk Paint vs. Milk Paint

Dumpster Diva explained the difference between Chalk Paint and Milk Paint today on her facebook page. I have yet to try Milk Paint, but maybe I will after reading her post. Read on to discover for yourself the differences in the two paints.

“I get a lot of people asking me the difference in Milk Paint VS Chalk Paint. This is what the president of the Old Fashion Milk Paint Company says, so I am sharing with you all! Also I just want to let you know I use BOTH, and I love them both!! Chalk paint has a somewhat similar look but is not quite the same- I think milk paint has a bit of a softer look and is naturally more uneven and mottled looking. Milk paint uses milk protein (casein) and crushed limestone as a very tough binder. Milk paint is all natural and contains chalk. Chalk paints are not all natural and do not contain milk. Milk paint is one of the most ancient paints known, and was a popular, home made paint using local ingredients- right up until the paint can was invented, and then modern, latex paints- it then fell out of favor for a long time, until my father revived it in the early 70’s with his powdered formula that just gets mixed with water before use.”

For additional reading on Milk Paint and how to work with it click here


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From old to new with a dash of elbow grease and a sprinkle of talent. Charmed Pumpkin refinishes furnishings and creates home accent pieces for a one of a kind look.

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