Milk paint vs. Chalk paint...

I've used both types of paint and get asked a lot which I prefer.

It depends on what I'm looking to achieve.  For a washed out, unpredictable finish it's milk paint...

MMS in Ironstone....no bonding agent- but it stuck for the most part...

MMS in Ironstone, no bonding agent...ended up with a very chippy/distressed look...

I love how it just randomly clings to parts of the piece while leaving some rather large areas unfinished. It is a particular look, and not for everyone, so I have not used a lot of this on customer pieces.

Chalk paint is more predictable.  It's easy to use and I can control where the paint is distressed or rubbed off.

Both paints are very user friendly, require no prep work, can be sanded, waxed (dark or light wax) and buffed.


  1. Very cool; I have wondered about the differences in these two - and have yet to use either. Maybe I will get adventurous once my painting experiments resume in cool weather! :)

    1. It is so hot out there right now! Fall is my favourite time to paint :)

  2. I am a fan of the chalk paint but appreciate the way some people have such good results with milk paint, too. Blessings- xo Diana

  3. That's why you are such a highly paid professional - to keep track of things like this, experiment, and produce things your customers love! (and pay for)


Thanks so much for popping in. I appreciate all of your lovely comments...Tricia