How to Milk Paint - Part 1 of 3

How to Milk Paint - Part 1 of 3

Milk Paint Like a Pro…Don’t Be Scared!

This will be the first video and blog of a series of three on how to prep, paint, distress and finish your milk painted piece.

Today we are going to give you a quick 5 minute tutorial on how to mix and prepare your milk paint. We’ve heard mixing the paint is a big fear from a lot of our customers.

"A bag with powder? What do I do with this?!"

Well hold on to your hats, kiddos, we're going to teach you how to mix milk paint with no stress!  So grab your supplies listed below and let's get started.


  • Milk paint
  • Bonding Agent
  • 2 Measuring cups
  • Whisk
  • Container for your mixed paint

Okay, so this is super basic. It may seem slightly overwhelming, but it really is not once you get going.

Step 1:

Let's start by opening your bag milk paint and pouring your powder into one of the measuring cups. Now, something that worried me the first time I opened milk paint was seeing the color of the powder.  I assumed if I were buying blue that the powder would be blue.  But in reality, all colors of powder start out white since the water hasn’t activated the pigment yet. So, don’t worry, you didn't purchase the wrong color! I like to measure my powder first because each bag measures slightly different.

Step 2:

Next, you will add the same amount of water as milk paint, for a one to one ratio.  Take your other measuring cup and fill it with the same amount of water as your powder, 1 cup powder = 1 cup water.

Step 3:

Important step!  Mix your powder into your water. If you do it vice versa you may lose all your pigments to the bottom of your cup.  You can dump all your powder in at once or do a bit at a time while mixing with your whisk.  Milk paint can be quite chunky so really mix it well to get as much pigment blended as possible.  You can also use a blender for a more consistent blend, but personally, I like more of a contrast when I'm painting with milk paint so I don't mind the odd splash of pigments showing up as I'm painting. It makes for a more interesting piece, kind of like highlights in your hair.

Step 4:

Once the paint is mixed it’s time to add your bonding agent. Like we've mentioned in our blogs and videos before, on milk paint, think of the bonding agent as a glue and primer all in one.  This is what will help your paint stick to the piece.  If you're unsure of whether you'll need or want the bonding agent check out our blog post about the different types of paint and how to use them.  Again, you’ll need a one to one ration of bonding agent to milk paint, so for example,  1 1/3 cup milk paint will require 1 1/3 cup bonding agent.  Measure and pour your bonding agent into your milk paint and mix well. Once this is thoroughly mixed, it's time to paint.  Just keep in mind you'll have to constantly re-stir your paint as you're going. The pigment is heavy and likes to settle to the bottom.

We hope this quick and dirty run down is helpful.  Stay tuned next week for our video and blog on how to properly paint with the milk paint you now know how to mix!

Always Be Creating!

Layne & Matt

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