The Difference Between Chalk Paint Milk Paint Mineral Paint

The Difference Between Chalk Paint Milk Paint Mineral Paint

One of the questions that I get asked the most when holding my painting workshops or on Social Media is what is the difference between, Chalk Paint Milk Paint and Mineral Paint | www.raggedy-bits.com | #raggedybits #paint #paintedfurniture #diy #paintingtechnique #fusionmineralpaint #sweetpickinsmilkpaint #missmustardseedmilkpaint

One of the questions that I get asked the most when holding my painting workshops or on Social Media is what is the difference between, Chalk Paint Milk Paint and Mineral Paint. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to actually write a post and share it with you all! I guess it is better late than never and hope this goes some way forward to answering this question for you.

The Difference Between Chalk Paint Milk Paint Mineral Paint

One of the questions that I get asked the most when holding my painting workshops or on Social Media is what is the difference between, Chalk Paint Milk Paint and Mineral Paint | www.raggedy-bits.com | #raggedybits #paint #paintedfurniture #diy #paintingtechnique #fusionmineralpaint #sweetpickinsmilkpaint #missmustardseedmilkpaint

When I started painting about 24 years ago there used to be very few paints available. And when painting furniture there was an insane amount of prep work that was needed before you could actually pick up your brush and start painting! It almost deterred you from wanting to paint at all!ย 

These days we are so lucky to have a choice of so many wonderful brands and some that you need very little or to no prep. 3 of them which I am very grateful enough to supply over in my shop! Sweet Pickin’s Milk Paint, Fusion Mineral Paint and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.
Two Milk Paints I hear you ask? Yep, I love milk paint so much that I supply 2 brands and the only reason is because of the colour range that each beautiful product offers!
Let’s get down to what is the difference between these wonderful paints.

The thing I love most about painting furniture is that it transforms something old into something new without breaking the bank. Instead of having to go and purchase another piece of furniture you can give your existing piece a new lease on life and completely change the feel of your space. It also helps hugely with the amount of waste that we have as a society.

Turn any old pieces of furniture into something new using some Milk Paint and IOD Decor Stamps | How To Paint A Dated Farmhouse Shelf | www.raggedy-bits.com | #raggedybits #DIY #paintedfurniture #repurpose #fixerupper #milkpaint #IOD

Milk Painted Cupboard

Milk Paint Benefits

  • 5 all Natural Ingredients โ€“ Milk Protein (casein), limestone, chalk, clay and natural pigments. Zero VOC’s, biodegradable and non-toxic
  • Comes in powder form and then mixed with warm water of a ratio of 1:1
  • Super versatile and can be used on furniture, walls, metal and unfinished wood floors
  • Can be used outdoors when protected with Tung Oil
  • Can achieve a naturally aged look and can also give a modern look by applying an opaque coat
  • Mixed with bonding agent promotes a good cohesion to previously painted or varnished surfaces
  • Indefinite shelf life before mixed with water
  • Once mixed it can be used for about 1 week
  • 2 to 3 coats for best coverage
  • Can be layered using different colours
  • Porous paint so needs to be sealed with a wax, hemp oil or top coat
  • Can be used as a stain on raw wood by adding more water – SEE MY POST HERE
  • Comes in a wide array of beautiful colours
  • Easy clean up in water
Sharing how to paint a Farmhouse Sideboard using Fusion Mineral Paint, Champlain and Heirloom colours and get a nice distressed look | www.raggedy-bits.com | #fusionmineralpaint #champlain #heirloom #diy #paintedfurniture #raggedybits

Fusion Painted Side Board

Fusion Mineral Paint Benefits

  • Built in Top Coat
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Low Vocโ€™s
  • Minimal preparation required for any surface before applying. For high gloss surfaces, I always recommend using Ultra Grip for better adhesion
  • Self-levelling and pre-mixed
  • High durability once cured. I still add a top coat when painting furniture that is used in high traffic. For example Tables and Chairs, Kitchen Cupboards for extra protection
  • Has a shelf life of up to 7 years once opened
  • Extremely good coverage with 23 sq metres (75 sq ft) per 500ml jar
  • Ready-mixed acrylic paint
  • Can be layered with different colours
  • One to 2 coats needed for full coverage
  • Can be sanded and distress but needs to then be sealed with a wax or top coat. Because you have opened up the pores of the paint by distressing and removing some of the built-in top coat
  • Has a wide range of beautiful colours, hemp oil or waxes to finish your project
  • Can be used as a stain on raw wood
  • Easy clean up in water
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Music Sheet Side Table

Chalk Paint Benefits

  • Is premixed in a can
  • Prep needed. Light sand to open up the pores of the project that you are working on and remove any glossy finishes and then apply the paint
  • Can be distressed
  • Needs to be sealed with a wax or top coat for durability
  • Can be used as a layering paint to give a nice effect
  • 2 to 3 coats needed for full coverage
  • Easy clean up in water
  • Lots of different styles of paint colour available
After finding this sweet little side table it needed some love. Thrifted Milk Paint Side Table Makeover Using the Napkin Method | www.raggedy-bits.com | #sweetpickins #milkpaint #inapickle #paint #furniture #farmhouse #raggedybits

Milk Painted Side Table Before Waxing

So as you can see all of these paints have there own uniqueness! As I always say to my students in my workshops is to start on small things like a picture frame, small stool, chair or small side table. Experiment and get used to the paint and brush before tackling a giant armoire.

Sharing a fun way how to paint an Old Farmhouse Screen Door to use in your decor. With a bit of a clean and some Fusion Mineral Paint - Coal Black and then waxed to seal in all your hard work. Full tutorial and supply list | www.raggedy-bits.com | #raggedybits #farmhouse #screendoor #fusionmineralpaint #coalblack #paint #oldwares #thrifted #repurpose #upcycle #DIY

Old Screen Door Painted In Fusion – Coal Black

I hope that this has helped a tonne and as always if you have any painting questions please don’t hesitate to ask away! I am always happy to help!
Happy Painting!

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One of the questions that I get asked the most when holding my painting workshops or on Social Media is what is the difference between, Chalk Paint Milk Paint and Mineral Paint | www.raggedy-bits.com | #raggedybits #paint #paintedfurniture #diy #paintingtechnique #fusionmineralpaint #sweetpickinsmilkpaint #missmustardseedmilkpaint

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7 comments

  1. I’ve always wondered about that. We don’t get any kind of milk paint here in South Africa, so for easy pieces, I usually reach for chalk paint. I’ve been a little disappointed with its durability though. One day hopefully there’ll be milk paint on the shelves here so I can experiment. Your post will come in so handy then Sam, thank you

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