Monday, 3 September 2012

Homemade Milk Paint



I came across Martha Stewart's recipe for homemade milk paint and I was intrigued.  Milk and lemon juice?  I can do that!  After I read the comments I discovered that a little Borax helps smooth the paint.  The curdling milk grossed out my family, but I love the resulting paint.  I used regular craft paint in place of pigment.


I love the soft sheen this paint has, almost like a waxed finish.  Although this particular project isn't velvety-smooth like waxed wood.  I started painting Saturday morning, finished the last brush-stroke at 3:00pm that day, and wrapped up the gift 10 minutes later and headed out the door.  So there wasn't a lot of time for sanding.


This little box is a gift for my youngest nephew's first birthday.





In The Old Road

2 comments:

  1. Did it smell like rotten milk? The result looks awesome. I'm wondering if you could wax it anyways to get a smoother finish.

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    1. Actually, it just smelled like lemons! Or maybe lemon yogurt. I painted two little boxes (since Nick is the only child in either side of our family who doesn't have a box yet!) So I'll take more time with his, using stain and wax as well as the milk paint. I quite like doing the treasure boxes for the boys. The girls get more of a jewelry-box style, which are fun too.

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