Step 1. Preparation
Make sure that your project is free of any previous top coats so that the Milk Paint Stain can properly absorb into the surface. This may require that you remove the previous layers by sanding them away, or using our non toxic Soy Gel Paint and Urethane Stripper.
Step 2. Staining
Mixture for Stain: Mix 3 parts water to 1 part powder. Mix with a blender, or stir by hand. The consistency will be very thin, like water. Apply with even strokes from end to end for consistency. The stain will completely dry in approximately 15 minutes.
Tip. Add Homestead House Milk Paint Extender to your stain to keep the pigments suspended so that your colour remains even. Stir your Milk Paint every 10 minutes.
Step 3. Finishing
Once you are satisfied with the application of your Milk Paint Stain you can gently sand with a 300 grit sandpaper to smooth out any raised wood grain. Once you are satisfied, you may continue with your desired top coat. Hemp oil, tung oil or beeswax are all excellent top coat finishes that are 100% natural and food safe. The oil helps to seal and protect the surface and to saturate the Milk Paint so it appears vibrant and not chalky. Hemp oil and beeswax are recommended for interior applications. Tung oil is recommended for exterior. Two coats of oil is ideal and you’re done! A varnish or urethane may also be used.
To create a washed look or stain out of milk paint, simply add more water to your mixture! See below for tips and technique on how to achieve your desired finish. Whichever technique you use, the finish will be unlike any other!