We've come a long way from the days when your paint choices were mainly oil or water...or perhaps you know it as enamel vs. latex. But long before the first sealable paint cans were patented in the 1860s, people formulated their own whitewash solutions from salt and hydrated lime, and milk or casein paint from milk proteins. Suffice it to say, pigment plus minerals have been a winning combo that have stood the test of time.
So which paint is right for your project? Let's take a quick look at both milk paint and chalk mineral paint.
The answer is, it depends.
We are your hometown favorite paint store and proud retailer for both General Finishes milk paint and Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint, and we use and recommend both lines to our customers.
If you ask us for a recommendation, here are three questions we're probably going to ask you in order to steer you to the right paint for your project:
Other questions we get are....
Can I use a sprayer? Yes to both paints for spraying.. Just thin it according to your spray gun's viscosity guidelines.
How do I prep my piece before I paint? The advice is the same for either paint: clean, scuff sand with 220 grit sandpaper, and you're ready to paint. Prime only if it's likely to bleed through, or it is laminate and you need extra adhesion.
And now you can browse and buy ALL our paints online, and pick up curbside! Happy painting!
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!