Old Fashioned Milk Paint is judged Best Eco-Friendly Furniture Paint by Ideal Home, July 2021.
"The chalky results are impressive, leaving a rustic, distressed finish that totally transforms dull furniture".
Welcome to Old Fashioned Milk Paint UK
Old Fashioned Milk Paint is the faithful recreation of an ancient homemade paint formula, containing just milk protein (casein), lime and natural earth or mineral pigments, making it eco friendly, non-toxic, VOC-free, food-safe & biodegradable.
Loved by woodworkers, furniture restorers and upcyclers, it is used as an authentic period finish on restored or reproduction furniture or other wood projects, to achieve vintage colour in a flat, chalky finish, quite unlike any other paint.
Milk paint arrives in powder form to be mixed with water. It is very easy to use; mix one part powder to one part water for a solid finish, add more water for a colourwash or less for stencilling. When applied to a porous surface such as wood, milk paint sinks in and provides a breathable coating that will never chip or peel. With Extra Bond Agent you can use Milk Paint on non-porous surfaces too, such as previously painted or varnished furniture. Without the Extra Bond, Milk Paint will resist some pre-finished or pre-painted surfaces to achieve a naturally distressed or “chippy” look.
Old Fashioned Milk Paint ~ Original Formula
Our original Milk Paint range in thirty two historic colours, but many more can be easily achieved, by mixing the powder together or lightening with Snow White (see our Colour Pallet & Tinting Chart for some of the options).
Home-made Milk Paint was heavily used by settlers in North America, and has come to epitomise the character and style of Early American and Colonial furniture and buildings. The texture and deep, rich colours of Old Fashioned Milk Paint were recreated from pieces of furniture found in museums like Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, New York's Metropolitan Museum and restored Shaker villages such as Old Sturbridge, using only natural earth pigments such as ochre, umber and iron oxide.
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint
Sweet Pickins is our 'boutique' line, adding another 30 colours to our milk paint range, including more neutrals, greys and beautiful romantic pastels. We are sure that you will find the perfect colour for your furniture makeover or art project.
Still made by old Fashioned Milk Paint, using our original formula milk paint, all these colours are natural, eco friendly and safe, as well as beautiful.
And, as before the powders can be mixed to create even more options!
Authentic Milk Paint for Walls & Interiors
Farmhouse Finishes (formerly Safepaint for Walls) is a milk paint designed for use on walls and interiors. Our original formula was created for porous surfaces like wood and masonry. Farmhouse Finishes is formulated for use on non-porous surfaces such as previously painted walls. It will also adhere to other surfaces such as metal, or prior finished wood, cabinetry, furniture, etc. And you can certainly use it on porous surfaces like bare wood as well.
Farmhouse Finishes still has the flat finish, but is much more uniform and consistent over a large area than the original formula. It is also washable once cured. Like original milk paint, it is made from elements that pre-date the use of petrochemicals and other toxic bases and solvents, it is biodegradable, non-toxic, and odor-free when dry. Farmhouse Finishes is perfect by those who are chemically sensitive and those sensitive to the need to protect the environment.
Colour of the Month - Harbor
This utterly beautiful, tranquil pale "aqua" blue has just a hint of green and will add a note of peace and calm to any setting. It looks wonderful paired with neutrals, blond wood and natural textures for a relaxed, coastal feel.
Save 10% on all Colour of the Month bag sizes throughout the month.
How to mix milk paint
Our Packaging is Resealable and Recyclable!
As milk paint pre-dates the chemical industry, it contains no nasties so you can be confident it is all-natural and eco friendly. In fact everything we do at Old Fashioned Milk Paint is with one eye on the environment, so we are proud to have introduced resealable pouches to keep your milk paint powder fresh until you want to use it again. And of course all our packaging can be recycled, even our sample bags.
In the Press
Eco Friendly | Zero VOC | Compostable | Odourless | Pet & Child Friendly | Food Safe | Quick Dry