Mix Any Color Milk Paint – A Tutorial

How To

Hope you’ve all had a relaxing week. It started to hit me that it’s 2014… and not just 2014, but February 2014! And over halfway through February 2014! Already! Although I’m not complaining – the quicker Spring gets here, the better! Then it can slow down….

Back to business – last week I shared this table redo:

Before_After - Revived by Delia

And I promised to share the mind blowing discovery which led me to achieve that perfect shade of aqua.

So first, let me tell you again, this was a custom order and my customer wanted a beachy aqua shade with a chippy finish… So? Milk paint, right? Where to find a shade of turquoise? Miss Mustard Seed’s Kitchen Scale may have come close, but my local retailer was over an hour away… I had Old Fashioned Milk Paint’s Federal Blue and Lexington Green… I tried mixing those. Although I loved the color, it was much darker than what my customer was looking for. I had some acrylic white (ok to mix with milk paint as it’s water soluble), so I added some slowly to see if that brought out the aqua tones. Alas, it did not. It changed my pretty, dark blue-green to an ugly shade of khaki. Blah. Redo. Similar outcome. Blah.

Hmmmm… think… think… THINK!  If only I had colorless milk paint and could add acrylic to it… Wait! Colorless milk paint! “Milk Paint Base”! I had seen this at my local Old Fashioned Milk Paint Retailer, and didn’t really pay too much attention as I wasn’t sure where to get “milk paint pigments”. Somewhere along the line, I picked up the little tid bit that water soluble paints can be mixed with milk paint but didn’t think anything of it until it was necessity.

So off I ran to Litchfield Paint & Wallpaper to pick up some Old Fashioned Milk Paint Base. And then to Walmart for acrylic shades. I would have preferred a craft store but we are waiting for our local Michael’s to open. Luckily Walmart had the basics, so I chose an aqua, dark green, dark blue, and a bunch of other colors simply because they were on clearance. And then I headed home to have some fun. The process of using the milk paint Base is pretty much the same as using a colored milk paint – it’s in powder form, mix it with some warm water – I know there are measurements, but I just eye-ball it until I get the consistency I like. Then I added the acrylic paint – did I mention I don’t really measure? A big squirt of aqua, few drops of green, and a drop or two of blue. Mix it all up and voila!


So envision the acrylic paint aisle in your head… See all those colors?! The sky is the limit. Milk Paint Base – amazing!


And to help out with mixing paint colors, I searched online and found this fabulous color mixing chart through Dick Blick that shows a wide variety of colors you can achieve when mixing two colors. Color #1 is on the left and color #2 is on the bottom, go up and across until they intersect (similar to playing Battleship) and that is the color your combination will render. Cool, right?

So there you have it! The next time you have a piece and don’t have the right color, make it! Get to mixing!  And if you do, please come back and share what you’re able to accomplish!

If you would like to find a local retailer for Old Fashioned Milk Paint, see the Dealer page on their website.


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19 thoughts on “Mix Any Color Milk Paint – A Tutorial

  1. Delia, you just blew my mind and made me so freakin’ happy! I can not wait to try this out! Oh, and the Dick Blick color chart is amazing, too. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. I have not tried milk paint before but since you shared how you can use a little bit of the powder and not be committed to a large amount of one color, I think I just might. Thanks for sharing your tutorial and supplying to link to your milk paint source. I found they have a dealer not too far from me. I saw your post over at Coastal Charm blog party.

    • Absolutely! Even though I eye ball more than measure, it’s a good idea to use something like measuring spoons so you can replicate your color. Write down your formula as you add to it – it will help replicate. And please come back and share your accomplishments!

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  5. I have never use the milk paint but I will try it now. My only thing is how do you seal it to were it won’t chip.

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