Got Milk {Paint}?

Yesterday I was being all whiny about Milk Paint.  It’s a hard life.

I am no stranger at painting furniture.  I’ve even BS-ed mastered the art of no-sand painting.  But I needed to test this much-talked-about heavy-hailed Milk Paint.  Let’s take this Milk Paint for a drive.  This post is my unsponsored, uncensored, untarnished review of said product.

First of all, what is milk paint?  According to Miss Mustard Seed:

Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments.  It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.

Milk Paint can either provide a solid coat of paint, or an authentic chippy look.  If you want a solid coat, you will need to use the bonding agent.  For the chippy look, you are good to go.  No priming or sanding is needed.

Milk Paint comes in a powder form.  I joked that my bag of snow came in the mail.  No one thought that was funny.  Apparently mail-order drugs are no laughing matter.

White Grandfather Clock Makeover - Milk Paint Review

Before I mixed my paint, I watched all of Miss Mustard Seed’s video tutorials.  Seemed easy enough.  The ratio of mix to water is 1 part mix to 1.5 part water.  I mixed half a cup of mix with 3/4 cup warm water.  You’ll want to make sure you take your time mixing it.  It should take roughly 5 minutes to mix.  If you don’t have a clock, mix until your arm falls off.  Also, make sure you don’t do LESS water.  If it is thick, you will have issues later on.  It will feel like mixing pancake batter.  Make sure you get the lumps out.  The paint, when mixed, should be the consistency of watery egg nog.  No matter how tempted you are, do not try a sip!

White Grandfather Clock makeover - Milk Paint Review

This is all the paint I needed for the first coat.  A little does go a long way.  It’s very efficient.  I’m sure we’ll be powering our cars with Milk Paint in the future.  

I don’t know what it is about projects, but they sleep through  My theory is they are faking it.  It’s their way of not having to help.

White Grandfather Clock makeover - Milk Paint Review

I knew this clock would be pushed up a wall, so I decided to tattoo the back.  Consider it grandfa-father’s tramp stamp.

White Grandfather Clock makeover - Milk Paint Review

After I applied the 2nd coat, I started to panic.  It wasn’t dry yet, but it was looking like this:

White Grandfather Clock makeover - Milk Paint Review

The skepticism set in.  I hated how streaky it was looking, and how uneven it was covering.  It looked like a 2nd grade craft project.  And if I were to ever paint my mum’s grandfather clock in 2nd grade, I would have been turned into a coat.

After having the paint cure over night/while I was at work, it looked like the difference of Hoda & Kathie Lee makeup-less vs done up.  Much better.

You could see where the paint was peeling in certain areas, ready to be flaked off.  Remember, that ALL of the Milk Paint won’t flake off. It’s completely random where it will happen.  It’s fun.

Use a putty knife, and using normal pressure (not too heavy & not too light is the best way I can describe it.  Generic, I know.) drag it along the edges and surface.  It will flake certain parts of the paint off.

White Grandfather Clock makeover - Milk Paint Review

Not everyone is into the chippy/antiquey look.  But if you are, I’d say Milk Paint is the way to go.  Just be aware that the process is completely different than any other kind of painting you have used before.  It looks, feels, smells different.  But different is good.

While I DO like the product, I don’t know how much I like the clock.  I’m still torn.  I think  I like it.  I’m waiting for it to grow on me.  I enjoy honest opinions.  Matt says it looks tacky.  Not because of the chippies, but because he doesn’t like white clocks.  Karl loves it.  Aaron likes it, especially against the blue wall.  The good news: if I hate it, I bought it at the DI.  No real loss.

White Grandfather Clock makeover - Milk Paint Review

White Grandfather Clock Makeover - Milk Paint

White Grandfather Clock Makeover - Milk Paint

There is a wax sealer that goes on as a top coat, but I haven’t purchased it yet.  I didn’t realize I needed it until I watched the tutorials.  (Always unprepared.  I could never be Survivor Man.)  I better get on ordering it.  So what do you think?  Are you ready to try Milk Paint?  Or do you think it’s just a silly trend?





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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I know we talked about how you were frustrated with this, but I think it looks really nice against that wall. My only grumble (and yes, my only, I’m letting your chippy paint fly) is that the insides of it are brass. Shiny, shiny brass. I have heard something about wet steal wool being able to get the brass plating off and making it chrome. I think you should do that and it’ll look much better.

    • I totally agree. The brass is icky. I was thinking of copper leafing it. We’ll see. Or gold leaf. And I know gold isn’t far off from brass. But I just bought a painting with some gold tones in it, and I really want to hang it in the front room on the stairs wall. So I need some things to help tie it in.

      • This. The brass is throwing it off. I think copper might look really pretty! Other than, I think it looks nice.

  • I think I like how distressed furniture looks in other people’s houses, but it’s just not my style at all. Like in Centsational Girl’s house everything is light and airy and chipped and gorgeous… in my house I think it would annoy the crap out of me. I think it really is a personal preference thing.

    • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

      word, homie.

    • I agree. I’m going to test it out how much I “like” it. I like the contrast of mixing new/old things. But I think it needs to be done right, otherwise it looks really chaotic.

  • Tracie O’Brien

    Like. Definitely a LIKE. Looks great next to the blue wall (smart one that man you have) Looks TONS better than the before. Never a fan of wood clocks like that. I think its a keeper. btw, the wax finish will make a huge difference. so worth it.

    • That’s what everyone keeps saying. I’ll have to order the wax today. Then I’ll give my “full” judgement. I’m still such a fence sitter when it comes to this clock. Thanks for your input Tracie!

  • mk_marie

    I’ve been on the chippy paint bandwagon for a while and I have to say I love how it came out! I do agree with the first commenter about the brass but I’d ORB those suckas for some nice contrast rather than a metallic leafing (which is fairly easy to do by the way)

    If you are going that route I would do a copper, I don’t think you’ll notice a difference with the gold.

    Either way that room is really coming together, keep it up girl!

    • ORB is definitely a solid option! I never really noticed how bad the pendulum stuck out until we painted the clock! You’re probably right about there not being a huge difference between the brass/gold. For some reason I just feel like gold accents look WAY better than brass.

      • mk_marie

        They do especially now that gold is kind of “in.” I think it is a valid option but for different reasons, the gold would make the clock stand out more while ORB would make those parts inside be the star of the show. So I guess it would come down to that.

        • mk_marie

          I meant to say gold is better than brass especially now that it’s the in thing.

        • I know what you mean. I am going to need to play with PS for a bit and see what I like best 🙂

  • Bethany

    turned out awesome, I love it! a definite improvement! You always amaze me with your decorating sense!! <3

    <3 Bethany @

  • Well I agree with Aaron. It looks great against the blue wall. You’re house is magazine worthy. And that is not a compliment I throw around lightly.

    • Oh stop it. Have you ever read BHG? Those homes are the real stars. When are you going to come to my house for supper? We can make navajo tacos.

  • I personally love it! I have an old wooden gun cabinet that was my Grandpa’s I want to turn into a bookshelf and was thinking of using this type of paint to get an antique look. Thanks for the posting the info! 🙂

    • Kort, you definitely should! I’ll even help you. The milk paint wasn’t very expensive. The package cost about $20, and I didn’t even use half.

  • That looks so good!! I need refinish some furniture in my house with that stuff. that clock’s new outfit is right up my alley!

    • Oh yeah! Your house is PERFECT for this stuff! Let’s milk paint something for your dining room 🙂

  • Shalynn

    Love it Kenz! Love you!

  • Yes I agree with the person that says your house is magazine ready!! BEAUTIFUL once again. You can do no wrong babe!!!

    • Are you kidding me?! Apparently you never heard of my HUGE fail trying to build a giant ottoman. Ug. It was so bad I never blogged about it. One day I will. It sits outside for the dogs to play on. Keepin it classy. Love you 🙂

  • Amy

    I’m not big on the chipped paint look, but I have always LOVED the clock on dreamywhites. If the one on dreamywhites was mine I would probably gone more yellow or gray-blue

  • I like it! I’m with everyone else on the brass….but, yeah, if you de-brassify it it’s going to look super great. I am fascinated with milk paint now. how does it KNOW where to chip off? Is it magic?

    • It is a pretty fascinating product. I love that it’s all natural. It’s definitely sprinkled with Magic!

      I guess I better on de-brass-ifying it! 🙂

  • Antonia Robinson

    And now, I’m adding grandfather clock to my thrifting wishlist! So gorgeous.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Antonia!

  • Cher

    I love the random lifting. Seems to lift exactly where there would be wear. Takes the guess work out of paint/sand options. I’ve never done chalk or milk paint but I’m collecting some pieces to try them on. Not sure about waxes. To highlight and seal? I’ve read some use colored wax then clear. Is it just bowling alley wax? I surely love how this clock came out!