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What IS Milk Paint? (OFMP)

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What IS Milk Paint and how do you use it?
Many people ask me this question almost daily. My name is Evey and I blog over at Evey's Creations. I also have the awesome honor of working with The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. Milk Paint, (the original, real deal milk paint, as I call it) is made from casein or milk protein. Charles Thibeau, the founder of OFMP, was the first to create it and market it in its modern powdered form that we see sold today. It's been around as early as the 14th-15th century and became very popular as furniture paint, in the early 17th century in France and Italy. Today, I get to show you just what you can do with this awesome paint! Thank you to Anne (the current President of OFMP) for letting me hang out here today! Make sure you check out the link at the very end to see more Milk Painted projects!
Since it comes in powdered form, all you need to do, is add water and mix it! Gingi of Domestic Geek Girl did her daughter's playroom in a custom mix of OFMP's Safe Paint (which is milk paint for walls!) using Salem Red and Snow White. You can see the amazing finished product here: http://domesticgeekgirl.com/crafts-diy/painting-playroom-old-fashioned-milk-paint-companys-safepaint/
The very talented Barb of Knack Studios is no stranger to milk paint. I could spend hours looking at her lovely work! Check out this dresser she did in the very cheerful Mustard! For more details on the piece, feel free to hop over and visit her over at: http://knackstudios.com/her-royal-mustardness-heloise/
When most people think of milk paint, they think of chippy, shabby chic goodness. Milk paint when added to a previously finished piece, will chip and crackle in all the right places. This is because milk paint was originally created to paint directly on porous or unfinished/raw wood and surfaces. When you paint raw wood, it's almost impossible to remove the paint from it! Kara of Lilac Shack Furniture shows us how lovely chippy can be in the above piece. For more details on it, please visit Kara at: http://lilacshackfurniture.weebly.com/blog/antique-chippy-tall-chest
Did you know that milk paint can be used as a stain?! Well it can! Also, not all milk painted pieces are shabby chic or chippy. This lovely piece by Hillary of The Friendly Home proves all above points. She mixed up a custom blend of Pitch Black and Antique White. The result is a lovely modern and sleek, stained cabinet. You can see just how to recreate this effect and how she custom built this cabinet, by checking out: http://www.friendly-home.net/2015/04/modern-pie-safe-cabinet.html
You can also control the chipping by using the Extra Bond that OFMP carries. It's an acrylic binder that can be added to mixed milk paint to ensure proper adhesion with no chipping. Or you can just purchase their SafePaint which was created for walls and pre-finished furniture or non-porous surfaces. It already has a binder built into the paint, so it allows for more control. Julia of Shrangri-La Lane shares a little more info on SafePaint vs. the original Milk paint over at: http://www.shangrilalane.com/2012/07/safepaint-original-milk-paint.html
I hope you enjoyed our little journey! Make sure you hop over to my blog for a more in depth look at milk paint and to see more projects! Thanks to Anne for letting me be here! -Evey

To see more: http://sweetsongbird.eveyscreations.com/2015/05/what-is-milk-paint-ofmp.html

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  • Sara
    Sara O Fallon, IL
    on May 31, 2015

    Very nice Evey! Hopping over to your blog now! You always have such awesome adventures!

    • Evey's Creations
      Evey's Creations
      on Jun 1, 2015

      @Sara thanks Sara! I'm responding from my own HT profile hehe <3 LOVE this stuff!

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