Benefits of & History of Milk paint - Maisonemaison

Milk Paint is the delight of wood finishing amateurs and professionals who wish to use environmentally friendly products that are part of a sustainable development perspective. This paint will not flake off (unless of course, you want to give it a chipped antique finish...), will not peel, will provide a country-style finish, an antique patina, natural and the deep colors,  tones and textures only available with milk paint and natural pigments. It allows a wide variety of effects and textures for both a contemporary finish on furniture or kitchen or as a whitewash effect on the walls in order to create a unique ambiance. The biggest advantage of milk paint certainly its ability to be antiquated. Indeed, milk paint allows the wood grain as well as its textures to be exploited. You will see that with a little patience and experimentation, it's possible to obtain finishes which will look like your furniture has cabinets,a 100 years of natural wear. A greater level of control over the finishing process Milk paint is an economical and attractive means for those who wish to have more options and more control over their finishing project. First, Milk paint can be used either as paint or as a dye (wash), depending on the amount of water that will be mixed with the powder. The wash allows wood details to show through, and can be protected with any finishing product such as wax, varnish or oil. Milk paint is very interesting for those who want to give a worn antique finish (such as cracks) to their project: By varying the thickness of the paint, or by strategically using a crackling medium, it is possible to obtain a wide variety of results. Since it is sold in powder form, milk paint requires a little more work than regular paint, but in return offers opportunities which are as endless as your creativity.

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HISTORY OF MILK PAINT

Milk paint has been used by man since cave paintings as old as 20,000 years ago. Milk paint was  made from a composition of milk, lime, and a variety of pigments using what was available. the image below, for instance, show us making pigment from charcoal. When King Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1924, relics found inside the burial chamber had been painted with milk paint. Historically milk paint was used as a method of decoration for centuries. As time passed various recipes and formulas were tested. Variations of substances included oils such as linseed and olive oil, eggs, waxes and honey. Over time, recipes were perfected which could produce a longer lasting finish. Pre-1600’s in Europe, painters and other forms of craftsman roamed the countryside, carrying pigments with them, which could be mixed with a farmer’s or householder’s own milk and other locally sourced materials. Though the traditional recipes have been given a 21st Century upgrade with the help of dehydrators and the like, the historical shades and earthy ingredients are still what essentially makeup Maison e Maison's Milk Paint!

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