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Getting Milk Paint Super Smooth…

This week seems to be all about me being in front of the camera. I’m making video tutorials for my milk paint line, videos for the enhanced e-book version of my book (coming out in November), AND I have a camera crew coming to my house tomorrow to do some filming for a special project.  I’m still sporting the curly hair and it’s been a little unruly on camera, but I’m going with it!  (Actually, I think you’ll have to wait for the next video to see the curls.  I’m wearing pigtails in this one.)  Anyway, it’s been a bit of a change for me to wear lipstick in my workshop.

So, in this video I share tips on mixing milk paint with a blender.  I think one of the toughest things for people to get used to when using milk paint for the first time is the texture. When mixed by hand, especially the darker colors, it can be lumpy and watery.  It all works out when it’s brushed on, but it takes some getting used to.  To make the consistency smooth and creamy, mix it with a blender.  I prefer to use an immersion blender, which is what I use in the video, but you can use a regular blender as well.  (Just remember that it has to be for paint ONLY.  Have a totally separate blender for food.)

 

In addition to making another video today, I painted two French chairs in Shutter Gray and a beautiful dresser in Boxwood.  Oh my, I love that color.  I can’t wait to finish the piece so I can reveal it.  My husband and I also finished the trim in the kitchen, so I can show off my new tile!  Woo hoo!  Lots of fun stuff going on.  Stay tuned…

The winner of the $50 store credit to burlapfabric.com is…

Joan Sullivan

and the winners of the three cans of Fish Foam are…

Donna Slater, Peggy Huff and Missy Poulsen.

Congratulations!







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Comments

  1. Can’t wait for my order of Milk paint! Thanks for all the time spent on tutorials for us!

  2. I can’t wait to try the milk paint

  3. Missy Poulsen says:

    YAY!! I am so excited that I won! I can’t wait to use the fish foam! Thank you! I am also getting ready to order your milk paint for the first time! I can’t wait to try it!!

  4. I was at Betsy Speerts house checking on her Lucketts chairs and table and they looked so pretty Marian. She also bought an imersion blender to mix her paint. I have been hand mixing but for $20 I will get myself a Cuisinart immersion blender at Bed Bath and Beyond~she said it works great. Keep up the good work!

    • A Junkin' Ginger says:

      It’s funny that I just saw this about an immersion blender. I found myself one at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of mixing your paint. It works great and my blender was there like just waiting for me at the yard sale for 2.00.. Woohoo. Love the paint!

  5. Anne Boykin says:

    Dear MMS, I’m looking forward to seeing that green Boxwood dresser. I know it’s beautiful. And your floor too. I’m so excited for you! Hugs, Anne Boykin

  6. Love your videos! Can’t wait to see the boxwood dresser & your floor!

  7. Barbara says:

    I found a blender at Goodwill for $4.00. It is perfect to use with the milk. It is not a heavy-duty blender, so it is easy to get out and put away.

  8. My friend works at a school in Lucketts and picked me up some of your milk paint! I’m so excited to try it out. Megan

  9. Great tip! I will be purchasing one of those! What brand do you have and where did you purchase it? I do allot of furniture painting for my business too so I would like to invest in a good one!
    Thanks,
    xx
    Anne

  10. Sue Y. says:

    Yay, just got my milk paint from Homestead today ( I live in Canada) and picked up 3 chairs from Craiglist. Thought I was ready to go but I think I’ll run out and buy an inexpenxive immersion blender. Thanks for the tip…….. and for introducing me to my new hobby.

  11. You ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!

  12. :) Great tutorials Marian! So helpful – so glad you are doing these! Can’t wait to get my milkpaint – haven’t heard from her yet that she is shipping it but hopfully soon.

  13. Wow! How do you ever keep it together for your family with all that pressure? You are amazing!

  14. JaneEllen says:

    I’ve got to get a look at your website so I can see how much your milk paint is, I enjoyed your tutorial about the hemp oil instead of using wax. I paint alot of smaller pieces my hubs makes so after I paint them I need something to go over the pieces after paint dries. Think the hemp oil would give the pieces a nice sheen and finish. I took note that the pieces need to “cure” for about 30 days after the oil applied to a piece.
    So enjoy your blog and your tutorials. You have totally inspired me to take chances to do projects I hadn’t attempted before. I am so happy I discovered all the wonderful blogs, really changed my life.

  15. How cool! Great tutorial!

    Do you already know when your wonderful Milk Paint will be available in Germany?

    Greetings from the sea,

    Conny

  16. Stephanie@geezees says:

    Love the milk paint. Thank you for taking the time to show us how to use it. Can’t wait to see what else you’ll do.

  17. Hi, I’ve been painting furniture for many many years, and selling my furniture at various antique mall booths and recently have opened my own shop. I also am just starting to get into using milk paints. Of course the question always comes up, and it came up for me too…what’s the difference between milk paint and chalk paint? Is there any advantage one over the other? And besides the cost, is there a better outcome using one over the other?

    Do you have any feedback on this? I’d love to hear what you think.

    Regards,
    Rhonda

  18. DeEtte says:

    Can you order hemp oil on your website? I dont live near a retailer.

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