milk paint?

I've got to ask, has anyone tried making and using milk paints?  I am seriously considering this, I have so many walls yet to paint in my little house and loathe the idea of sucking in paint fumes for days.  I'd like to try something friendly but if it ends up being a botchy mess, I may wish I'd just gone for a low VOC paint instead.

So, please help :)

Milk Paint?



  1. I haven't but funny timing as yesterday I just read a post by Picked & Painted. The post itself doesn't have too much info besides showing what she did with the stuff. But she has a couple of link at the bottom for resources for anyone with more questions about milk paint. :) Hope that helps a bit.

  2. What about buying or scavenging a small piece of wall board (dry wall, sheet rock) and test painting?

  3. I haven't tried it, but plan to some day. There are lots of different ways of making it listed on the internet, so I second Mmmmm...cookies and say test it. And then let us know what you do so we can copy it haha!

  4. I suspect this may not work for walls, found this recipe on a sustainability site.
    Milk Paint Recipe

    The pioneer recipes for milk paint all had two things in common, Milk and lime. When combined they form a natural binding agent that is, in some ways, unmatched by today's modern coatings. Color can be added with any natural substance ( rust, berries etc.) or water soluble dye. The classic red barns are most likely the result of an abundance of milk and the availability of red pigments in the form of rust (iron oxide). Livestock blood was also added to milk to produce blood paint.

    For this recipe I recommend powdered dyes found at art stores.
    Experiment with dye quantity to achieve the color desired.

    Basic Milk Paint Recipe:

    For approx. 1.5 Gallons Milk Paint
    One Gallon Skim Milk
    Two Cups Builders Lime also called Hydrated Lime ( Do NOT use Quick Lime)
    One Quart Linseed Oil ( the boiled type )
    1/2 Cup of Salt
    Dye (Color) add in as needed

    Strain with cheesecloth or fine mesh screen wire
    Use within Two Days of mixing

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