Now, let’s look at examples of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (ASCP)…
So, let’s now put them side-by-side…
What is Milk Paint and Chalk Paint?
Miss Mustard Seed’s MP: Is a 100% natural paint that’s been around for hundreds of years. It’s called milk paint, because one of the ingredients is casein, which is milk protein.
ASCP: Was developed by Annie Sloan and is named Chalk Paint for its “chalky appearance” when dried.
What does the paint look like?
Do you have to use primer?
MMSMP: No, but you do have to add a bonding agent if you want the paint to grip to non-porous surfaces. I usually don’t use the bonding agent, since I like an antique look. The nice thing about the bonding agent is it’s not a separate primer. It’s something you add to the paint, so it’s still one step.
ASCP: No. ASCP is really grippy and primer isn’t necessary.
Do you have to sand before painting?
No for both paints, but it’s a good idea to do for both paints if the surface is really glossy.
Do you have to use wax or a topcoat?
MMSMP: No, but I would suggest it. You can use either a wax or poly topcoat to protect the paint from moisture and wear.
ASCP: No, but again, I would suggest it. The only time I don’t use wax is on a piece that won’t get a lot of wear and I don’t mind if the paint gets distressed naturally.
Can the colors be mixed to make custom colors?
Yes, the colors from both paint lines mix beautifully.
How can you apply the paint?
Both paints can be applied with a brush, roller or sprayer. If spraying, ASCP needs to be thinned and MMSMP needs to be well mixed and strained.
Do the paints distress well?
MMSMP: Milk paint is unpredictable in how it will distress. Sometimes it grips really well and just comes off in a fine powder. Other times the paint cracks and flakes away, creating this wonderful chippy look. You just have to go with it!
ASCP: Comes off in a fine powder when sanded before waxing. It’s easy to control the amount of wear and results in a soft, distressed finish.
Do I have to distress these paints?
Why should I use ASCP or MMSMP instead of latex?
Latex has its place and won’t ever be removed from my paint shelf, but I love MMSMP and ASCP for furniture. Both of them are fun to work with and give pieces an authentic, old feel and they distress much better than latex.
Which paint do you like better?
Both. That’s not a wishy-washy answer, it’s the truth. I do use milk paint more than any other paint these days, but I continue to love and use other types and brands of paint. Everyone has their preferences, so use what you love! (By the way, these paint lines work pretty well together, too!)
I know this is not a comprehensive comparison, but I hope this answers some general questions.