Milk Paint on walls & Kriste bought a house

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials

So, Kriste bought a house!!  Our little girl is growing up so fast.

She and her husband, David, closed on a sweet 1920’s craftsman bungalow just over a week ago.  Not a bad first house at all!  It has lots of charm and lots of potential as well.  (It even has a studio space for Kriste!)

And this girl has been dreaming about that potential.  Here are a couple of detailed sketches she made for each room…




You can click HERE to see all of her sketches and “mood boards”.

Literally hours after they closed (maybe even minutes), Kriste and I were in her bedroom, paint rollers in hand.  (A girl after my own heart.  That’s exactly what I did when we bought our first house!)

Kriste asked if we could use MMS Milk Paint for her walls.  Of course we can!  Now, I’ve never done it, but I know people have and do, so…sure.  I suggested we do some testing in the studio, but she was ready to plow ahead with milk paint, confident it was going to look great.

We painted one accent wall in their master bedroom (behind the bed) in Artissimo, a deep navy…


…and the other three walls in Marzipan.  We also painted David’s office in Bergere, which looks so yummy on walls!

We decided to capture painting the Artissimo wall on camera, to share the process, our thoughts and tips…

If you don’t want to watch the entire video, here are some tips to using milk paint on walls…

milk paint on walls

  • Mix milk paint in a large plastic or metal can with a lid, so you can mix it thoroughly and store the excess between coats.
  • Mix the milk paint about 30 minutes before use, so the clumps of powder have a chance to dissolve.  (We mixed ours a couple of days before and I would probably not do that next time.  We had a full on “pudding skin” over the Marzipan!  It mixed in, but I think it would’ve been creamier if we mixed it the same day.)
  • Mix with an immersion blender or a mixer attachment on a drill.
  • Make sure the surface is a uniform finish.  Spackle turned Bergere purple, for example, so it should be primed prior to painting.
  • Milk Paint definitely needs two coats, so make sure you order enough for your project.  (Each quart covers 70 sq ft and 2 qt bags are available.)
  • You can apply milk paint with a roller, but we learned that it looks nicer and smoother if you “lay it off” with a brush.  Just drag a large brush over the wet paint to smooth it out.  This is an optional step, but it looked better for the Artissimo, anyway.
  • Milk Paint is thinner than most paints, so it splatters a lot more!  Make sure you use drop cloths, tape off the trim and wear painting clothes.

In a nutshell, the milk paint went on very well and we were impressed with the coverage.  The end result was a beautiful matte finish.  It did take a bit more work than latex to get the color uniform.  We ended up doing two full coats and Kriste touched up a few places after the second coat dried.

The advantage to using milk paint is that it goes beyond no VOC.  It’s made of only five all natural ingredients, so if you’re concerned about the fumes modern paints put off, milk paint is a great option.

We’ll show final pictures once Kriste gets settled and I’ll also follow-up in a few months to let you know how the paint is wearing…


And, speaking of Kriste being a big girl, she is now taking on clients who would like their furniture custom painted in MMS Milk Paint.  She was a milk paint newbie when she started with me a year-and-a-half-ago, but she has been working alongside me and is now quite a pro.  She is located in South Central PA (near Maryland, DC and Northern VA).  You can e-mail her at, if you’re interested!


Milk Paint on walls & Kriste bought a house

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