How To Use Milk Paint To Upcycle Furniture

Sharon Hankins talks us through how to use milk paint to upcycle furniture.  I love the colour chosen for this project and the walnut stained top provides a beautiful contrast.

Milk paint is a nontoxic water-based mixture used as a paint. It is made from milk and lime with or without pigments added for colour.  The mixing ratio for the milk paint used (Miss Mustard Seeds) is 1 part milk paint to 1.5 parts water.

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The materials and equipment needed for this project are shown below.

  • Old piece of furniture
  • Milk paint (Miss Mustard Seeds Kitchen Scale colour)
  • Miss Mustard Seeds bonding agent
  • Water
  • Walnut stain
  • Poly-varnish (Minwax)
  • Scandinavian furniture oil or hemp oil
  • Clear furniture wax
  • Baking soda and white vinegar paste
  • Sander
  • 180 fine grit sander
  • Dust mask
  • Large glass jar
  • Paint brush
  • Lint free cloth
Did You Know?

In the UK, an estimated 6.7 million tonnes of household food waste is produced, which is greater than the 5.9 million tonnes of packaging waste produced in the UK.

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    1. Author

      Great article! Completely agree that art and upcycling is beneficial to our anxiety levels, these kind of activities help on so many levels. It’s one of the reasons that we love running upcycling activities and classes. We get to connect with and help others and in return, we get to see the beneficial changes in people during and after the classes 🙂

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