One of the most intimidating things about attempting Milk Paint for the first time is the fact you have to mix it yourself. I feel ya. I purchased several bags from a local woodworking store a couple of years ago and I never used it. Although I would consider myself an “advanced” furniture painter the whole mixing thing really made me nervous. Don’t let that nervousness hold you back. Here is how I mix Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and I hope it helps you get over your fear too.
Miss Mustard Seed has really done a wonderful job of teaching her customers how to use her product through her video tutorials (which you can find here.) She recommends using a blender or hand mixing your milk paint in a cup. Here are a couple of problems I have experienced with both methods.
1. Mixing paint in a blender requires that I have to clean the blender. I am way to lazy efficient with my time to do such a thing. 2. I have hand mixed milk paint in a cup many times, but my little hands can never get the paint perfectly smooth like a blender can.
Both methods of mixing milk paint are great. Do what works for you. But, my little secret to mixing silky smooth, lump free, milk paint is A MASON JAR. Yes, for $2.00 you too can mix the perfect batch of Milk Paint!
Start out by measuring how much Milk Paint you need. In this case I was painting 4 dresser drawers and a small chair so I measured 1/4 cup of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale (one of my personal favorites).
Then per the directions I add warm water. The directions state to mix 1 part Milk Paint to 1 1/2 part water. I like to start out by mixing equal parts milk paint and warm water. So here I am mixing in 1/4 cup of warm water. I also prefer my paint to be a little thicker, but once I mix it up, if it seems too thick, I eyeball a little more warm water into my mason jar to thin it out.
Yes, it can look a little gritty and scary at first. Put the lid on and move to the next step before you chicken out.
Now, you shake that mason jar for a minute or two. I also tell myself, whilst doing my milk paint shaking, that this activity also benefits my arm flab.
Now, you are ready to paint. See the smooth perfection?
Like a baby’s bottom I tell ya.
I also like this method because any Milk Paint leftovers must be stored, covered, in your refrigerator for 7-9 days for it to last once mixed. Now, I can just screw the lid back on the mason jar and resume my projects the next day.
Here is a quick peek at the dresser I worked on today. I can’t wait to show you the transformation!
So, be honest: am I the only one who was nervous to mix Milk Paint?
UPDATE: If you want to see the reveal of this dresser you can click HERE!
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