Milk Paint on walls & Kriste bought a house

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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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35 Comments on “Milk Paint on walls & Kriste bought a house”

  1. CONGRATULATIONS Kriste and Hubby! Your new home looks beautiful and your excitement about it is infectious.

    Wishes for many happy and blessed years in your H-O-M-E!

  2. Congratulations Kriste and David on being first time homeowners! No matter how many homes you might own through your marriage, your first home will always be the most special. Cant wait to see all the things you have planned for your craftsman bungalow.

  3. Congratulations Kriste!! I remember my first home – over 30 years ago now! We paid $7,000 for it; a true fixer upper! LOL Have fun with it! 🙂

  4. A first home…such a very exciting time in the life of a couple. I’m so very happy for Kriste and her beloved and wish them all the best as they make many happy memories!

  5. Congrats on the new home. The first one is always special.

    Did Marian get a new ‘do’? Looks great.

    Do you think that you could use milk paint on walls that have a bumpy textured finish? My walls are all original stucco. I’ve removed all the old paint down to the raw plaster and I would love to try a milk paint.

  6. Congratulations! So exciting! My husband and I are still dreaming of our first home, so can only imagine how amazing it must feel. Well done you! Enjoy this next step 🙂

  7. HI there. Do you read emails sent to you on your store site? I sent an email early last week with a question about hemp oil and haven’t heard anything back from you. Just wondering where I should ask a question. Thanks.

  8. Y’all are so cute! Kriste, I love your house! Those cabinets flanking the entrance into that room…perfection. Congrats!!

  9. How exciting, Kriste! Congratulations on your new home. I am looking forward to hearing about your progress and seeing how things come together. From the photos that you shared, it looks like your home has some beautiful features – I just love the glass-fronted built in bookcases! Artissimo on the walls would be a dream come true!

  10. Congrats, Kriste! I also have a 1920’s craftsman bungalow and it wasn’t nearly as nice as yours is when I bought it. PLEASE do think carefully before painting over any of that unpainted woodwork as once you paint it the patina is changed forever and stripping it is NO fun (said the girl who stripped her living room and dining room woodwork of about 5 coats of old paint). Enjoy your new home! I look forward to seeing what you do with it!

  11. CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is ADORABLE! Love the crown mouding, love those big fat baseboards … just spectacular <3

  12. Congratulations on you charming new home. I hope that you and your husband get a lot of enjoyment from it.

    Thank-you for your enthusiasm while you inspire us Marion & Kriste.

  13. I love mms and milk paint. Wish I lived closer to you I would love to learn from a pro like you guys! Great posts and ideas/ techniques!
    Keep up the excellent job! You girls rock!!

  14. Yayyyyy Kriste and Hubby! Congrats! Love Bergere on the accent wall – GORGEOUS! you two are too cute!

    Can’t wait to see the rest of the house Kriste! xo

  15. Craftsman homes are one of my favorite styles of homes. They really are fine examples of craftsmanship! I echo another reader about painting over the old wood. Yes, it’s dark, but Artissimo isn’t exactly a light color, either. It will be extremely hard work to restore it back to the original after painting (should you decide to paint the wood). I would think that would lower the resale value as well, if you may sell this home in the future. However, I also think that you have fun ideas, and it is your home, so I am looking forward to seeing what you do to give it that “Kriste” stamp! That accent wall is beautiful! Congratulations to you and David. Also, congratulations to you on your new business, may it thrive.
    Marian, your hair is darling. It may not be what you want, but it sure is a cute grow-out:-)

  16. Congratulations on your new home Kristie and hubby. What we could see it looks wonderful. I would love to have a small bungalow. How exciting to get to decorate it. Can’t wait to see it in the future.

  17. There is nothing like getting your first house. I wish you much luck, much love and much, much peace in your new home.

  18. I’m thrilled for you, Kriste! There is nothing like the joy of new homeownership. It’s an accomplishment, and a feeling of joining a new club. And OH! the fun of painting and making the design and decor decisions and re-doing things…I mean it! Such a fun stage of life. And, THANK YOU both for filming your paiinting “party”. I looked forward to Design Ramblings. It was my favorite “design show”. I’ve missed seeing you two on camera. So, this post was a treat. More, please.

  19. The Dynamic Duo are back! So fun to see you guys on video together again. So happy for you Kristi! Milk paint walls, what a great idea! How unique and the colors will be so beautiful!!!

    Love the the new “Do”. The color and transition cut is really cute. 🙂

    Looking forward to the progress report and watching the evolution.

  20. Congrats to Kriste and “Mr.” Kriste… Having your own home is so rewarding. The work you do to it adds equity and on top of that you get so much self satisfaction for the work you’ve done. Look forward to watching your progress… It’s really fun!

  21. Wow!! Congratulations Kristie! Can’t wait to see more 🙂 Also can’t wait to see the Milk paint on the wall and how it holds up. So cool! Maybe a home paint line will be in the future? 🙂

    Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor

  22. Add my congratulations to the others to Kriste and David on the purchase of their new house! May they have many happy times together there.

    Marian, is the new house close to where you are or will you and Kriste be a greater distance from one another? You work so well together I hope you will still be able to do that. It will be fun and exciting to learn about all the projects that will be happening in the new house. Keep us up-dated, okay?

  23. Congratulations Kristie!! Now you can do whatever you want to the walls, floors, windows…. and not have to answer to anyone else (ok maybe the hubby)! Wishing you many hours of wonderful design decisions and DIY projects which I will anxiously await!! Enjoy every minute!!

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