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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


Homemade Chalk Paint- Plaster Paris Version

I’m sure most of you know this, but if you’re not yet familiar with chalk paint, you don’t need to spend hours prepping your piece before starting to paint. NO SANDING REQUIRED! Plus, when you make your own, the color combinations can be endless.

Here is the recipe, keep in mind like any good recipe, you might want to add in your own touch once you’ve become familiar with the concept.

  • 2 Cups Paint
  • 5 Tbsp. Plaster of Paris
  • 2 Tbsp. Water

Mix Plaster of Paris into water and stir until combined. Add to paint and stir evenly… (Can add more Plaster of Paris and water mixture if needed).

To finish off your piece you can glaze or just wax with a soft furniture wax.


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