Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is milk paint?

A: It’s a powdered paint that has been around for thousands of years. It has been used in America for years on furniture, walls, barns, etc. It is a versatile paint that can be used to achieve a variety of looks from chippy and distressed to smooth and sleek. In powdered form, milk paint has an unlimited shelf-life.


Q: What is the difference between milk paint and chalk-based paints?

A: These are two totally different kinds of paint. Both have advantages and disadvantages and can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some of the similarities and differences…

Milk paint comes in powdered form and needs to be mixed with water. Chalk-based paints come in liquid form and have a limited shelf-life.

When milk paint is used on raw wood it soaks in and becomes part of the substrate, which means it will never chip or peel. Chalk-based paints have good adhesion, however they sit on the surface and can result in possible peeling.

Milk paint will show wood grain in most cases and can also be used as a stain. Chalk-based paints are thicker and will cover wood grain.

Milk paint can be distressed and/or crackled. It will resist on some finishes giving an authentic chippy, aged look. Chalk-based paints can be distressed and/or crackled with a medium, but will never chip.

 Milk paint is made from just five simple ingredients, contains no VOCs, is completely organic and biodegradable, as well as non toxic. Chalk-based paints vary by manufacturer.


Q: How much will one pint of MMS Milk Paint cover?

A : This depends on the surface being painted and how much water is added while mixing. The paint coverage will be different on raw wood and porous surfaces vs. shiny, previously finished pieces that might require bonding agent. Typically one pint of white will cover approximately 20-35 sq. ft, whereas a darker color will cover 35+ sq. ft.


Q: What is the best way to mix MMS milk paint?

A: There are many ways to mix milk paint. Milk Paint can be a stain or a solid opaque paint depending on how much water you add.

For a solid opaque look: Mix one part water to one part powder. Add water to container/jar first, then add powder and mix with a whisk, electric milk frother or blender. Mix until you have a consistency of table cream. Make sure to test the consistency on a small samples. If your paint brush drags during application, the mixture is too thick, so add a touch of water. If paint is dripping from your brush, your mixture is too thin, so add a touch of powder. Adjust as required, and start painting!


Q: How do I use the Smart QR codes?

A: For questions about:

  • Product details
  • Prep work for a successful makeover
  • How to use our products
  • Ingredients
  • Tips

Just scan the QR code on the label with your smart phone camera app. Hover over the QR code.  You’ll see a little box appear somewhere on screen with a website prompt. Tap on it, and your browser app will take you to the detail page for whatever item you have scanned! 

Try it out!