What is milk paint and why is it all the rage now? - Vibrant

What is milk paint and why is it all the rage now?

Undertaking a painting project is an exciting time, when you can reimagine your home in a dozen different ways. With so many materials and artistic elements flooding the market, we’re sure you’ll come across milk paint at your dealer’s, design magazines, or even social media sources. 

Is it a new invention? 

Milk paint has been around for as long as cave paintings and drawings have existed. It was used across various periods in history, and was typically mixed with natural elements that could weather all conditions, such as linseed oil, olive oil, eggs, animal glue, or waxes. The paint gets its name because of its base ingredient, casein, a protein found in milk.

What is in it? 

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Milk paint is made of milk protein, clay, chalk, oxide (natural pigments), and limestone. It is eco-friendly and does not contain any toxic material, thereby keeping air in your home clean and safe. It is biodegradable, and breaks down faster than other products, even in landfills. It’s manufacturing, too, produces very little pollution.

Where and how can it be used?

Milk paint is best suited for raw wood. However, it can also be used on glass, plaster, metal, drywall, or plastic. If you are using it for furniture, ensure that is cleaned and dried properly before application. 

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If you are looking to save time on your project, then milk paint will not disappoint you. It glides oh-so-quickly and dries in as little as 30 minutes. You can also play around with the texture to create different finishes that suit your style. 

According to a study, roughly around 15% of people are allergic to the smell of commonly used paint. However, milk paint does not emit any strong stench, especially after it has dried completely.  

Milk paint is water-based and does not have any oils or solvents, thereby making it non-flammable. It not only keeps you protected but also achieves a naturally distressed look over time, to create a vintage effect. 

Milk paint is gaining steady attention and can even be sourced online. Most milk paint products are sold in powdered form, to retain longevity. It is advisable to always mix in small quantities and use right away.

The subject is absolutely inexhaustible, but we hope that we’ve been able to answer some basic questions you’ve had about milk paint. If you’re looking for more information, you can reach out to the best interior designers in Chennai to help you navigate your way around using this amazing product! 

Want to consider milk paint for your home? Call home interior designers in Chennai to schedule a consultation!


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