Green & Authentic: Milk Paint

Green & Authentic: Milk Paint

We are working on a project renovating an 1850's New England colonial home and while we are putting many modern amenities in the home, we are trying to do it in an environmentally responsible way. Lucky for us, doing things the environmentally responsible way usually means doing the things the way they would have originally done them. We have started looking at Milk Paint as an authentic colonial finish for the kitchen and other elements in the house while getting the bonus of an organic, zero VOC finish. The kitchen above by Timeless Kitchen Design shows off the elegant finish of the milk paint...

While we are pretty new to the idea of milk paint it seems like it is going to be making a huge comeback with its minimal environmental impact combined with the trend of so much painted (and distressed) furniture. The paint is organic, biodegradable, and completely free of VOCs and at about $45 a gallon, very reasonable on the wallet. There are not a huge number of colors (about 20) but they are both historic and vibrant and can be tinted and mixed to find just the right tone. To learn more about how Milk Paint works check the sites of the two main manufacturers we could find...

Old Fashioned Milk Paint

Real Milk Paint

Old Fashioned Milk Paint is now making a new special formula for painting walls that is meant to give a more even finish and adhere to sealed surfaces.

Have you or would you use milk paint?

(Images: Best of Remodeling with the kitchen designed by Timeless Kitchen Design)

Milk Paint in Peter Hinwood's Home
Old Fashioned Milk Paint
Good Questions: Using Milk Paint On Stained Wood Floors

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