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prep for milk paint

Choose your surface below to get started:

Lightly sand to remove sheen

Remove the wax with mineral spirits

Add bonding agent to your Milk Paint

No primer needed

No primer needed

*Tip: Applying Milk Paint to a surface that’s not a dull finish or bare wood? Bonding Agent makes the impossible possible! Be confident knowing there will be no chipping, flaking, or peeling. Mix 1 part of Bonding Agent into 1 part paint before applying.

NEW TO MILK PAINT?

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Just Add Water!


1. Mix It

 Combine 1 part water to 1 part powder and stir for 1 minute.

2. Paint It

 Using any brush, apply Milk Paint to your surface. Each coat dries within 15-30 minutes (yep – speedy!) and can be re-coated immediately once dried.

3. Finish It

 Apply a top coat to seal your Milk Paint and bring out the true depth of colour! This will also protect your paint for a finish that lasts generations. Hemp oil and furniture wax are great, easy to use options!

TUTORIALS

ready to spark your creativity with milk paint by fusion?

SMOOTH AS SILK

Make brush strokes ancient history

Clean your piece and remove any dust, wax or flaking paint. Give your piece a light sand to smooth and even out your surface prior to painting.

If you have a shiny, glossy finish, use the Bonding Agent to ensure even adhesion.

If the surface is flat and porous, new bare wood or a dull, old finish, simply apply the paint straight onto it. Apply as many coats as desired and when satisfied with your coverage, apply your desired top coat. Prior to applying your top coat, use a 400 grit to lightly sand your finish for a super smooth as silk feel!

CRACKLE AND POP

Quirky, unexpected and surprisingly simple

This stylish effect is simple – and fun – to recreate. Just mix your Milk Paint slightly thicker and use a hairdryer to quickly dry it. Cracks will appear during the drying process. The higher the heat setting, the larger the cracks!

TIP: Paint a base coat of Fusion Mineral Paint first in the colour you want to see showing through the cracks.

Tip: To really show off the details, add a tinted wax to highlight the cracks and the details. Liming wax will lighten and brighten, whereas an ageing or espresso wax will richen and darken it up! Either way, you’ll accentuate those beautiful cracks!

ELEGANTLY DISTRESSED

Refined and classic but boldly modern

Milk Paint is perfect for achieving authentic, natural- looking distressing. Layer colour over colour of Milk Paint, or simply apply over a water-based stain finish, or a coat of Chocolate Fusion Mineral PaintTM which will look like a dark wood stain when sanding through.

220 sanding grit is recommended. When pressed along the edges and any detailing, you will reveal the details!

Try using our Beeswax Distressing Block between the layers of paint. This will ensure it’s easy to distress to reveal each colour.

TIP: Add our hemp oil when distressing so you can see the true pops of colour coming through from below as you are sanding, and to eliminate any dust while sanding! Wipe away the excess residue with a cloth that has hemp oil on it after sanding to reveal the beauty!

CHIPPY CHIC

Farmhouse meets penthouse

Trust us: You CAN control the chippy! On a surface that has a sheen to it, the chipping will simply occur naturally. On a low sheen surface, you can force the chippy by first applying a resist like our Beeswax Finish or Furniture Wax onto the surface, then the Milk Paint you apply over it will chip off.

You will need to apply more wax to a bare wood or porous surface, than a previously finished/shiny surface. Test this first to see how much wax you need; too much and all the paint will flake off! Not to worry, you can always try again!

Apply the wax strategically in areas that you are looking to see the chipping or flaking paint effect appear.

TIP: Want an aged look? Add one of our tinted Furniture Waxes or our Stain & Finishing Oil for an aged effect.

TIP: Do not add any Bonding Agent if you want the Chippy Chic look.

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Just add water – it’s truly that easy! Stir 1-part water to 1-part powder and you’re good to go..  It may seem intimidating to use milk paint because of the mixing aspect – but don’t be discouraged. Rather, think of it as a chance to really get involved in the process.We’ve refined our recipe over the years making it easier than ever to work with. The best part is, our Milk Paint formula is shelf stable, so you only need to mix what you need. The rest will be ready for your next project.

All Fusion paints are Zero VOC (volatile organic compounds), and our Milk Paint is no different. We’re all about being eco-friendly, not having to worry about using products that are causing poor air quality in our homes and spaces. In today’s world, more people are aware of what they’re bringing into their homes, what products they’re using, but there’s still so many misconceptions out there between low VOC and Zero VOC. It’s important to distinguish – there are two completely different categories, and they are vastly different in the amount of VOC allowed. We are proud to say that Milk Paint has Zero VOCs, and when you’re working with it, it smells like clay.  

Our collection features 28 signature shades. Now the tough part, how to choose which colour to use?

One of our favourite things about our Milk Paint is how many different looks you can get. This is versatility at its finest.  Depending on how you apply and finish it, you can get that super smooth MCM sleek finish, or a weathered and distressed look.  Milk Paint is just like choosing your own adventure. Depending on the look that you’re going for, you’ll mix it a bit differently, you’ll prep a little differently, you’ll apply it how you prefer, distress if you wish, or don’t, and you’ll topcoat it to your desire. It’s completely customizable.

This paint is perfect for you and your unique style. Whether you’re an experienced painter or whether it’s your first time picking up a paint brush – our Milk Paint is incredibly easy and fun to use. –  The results that you will get will blow you away. No brush strokes, a super soft finish, and ultra durable and long-lasting.  It’s time to pick up a brush and roll up your sleeves. You’ve got this.

Our Milk Paint cures in 30 minutes. No, that’s not a typo! This is the fastest drying paint you’ll find on the market. In fact, it takes less time than it takes to stream an episode of your favourite show. Your time is precious, so go ahead and get your top coat ready.Within minutes you see the colour of the milk paint start to change –it almost goes chalky, and less intense of a colour. You may stop and think, “this isn’t the colour I was going for!” – but  wait until you top coat it to see it in all its glory and at its true vibrancy.

Any top coat you like! Our Milk Paint can take any top coat of your choice.Hemp oil, because it’s the easiest to use. Liquid gold – we’ve been saying it for years! It will give you the most amazing finish and really make your Milk Paint pop.

New to Hemp Oil? This gorgeous, locally sourced oil is pressed from hemp seeds. It’s such a pleasure working with this naturally drying oil as there are no additives or solvents. It works beautifully on raw, new, or reclaimed wood. The older the wood the richer the colour of the wood becomes so you skip the need for a stain! Most beautiful of all, it smells like crushed walnuts when you work with it.

The sky’s the limit! You can paint anything with our Milk Paint and you can paint virtually anything you need. Metal, glass, plastic, wood – it all works.
Although Milk Paint is traditionally known as a furniture paint, it’s actually an incredible paint for all kinds of surfaces from floors to walls. On raw wood floors, either stain or paint them with Milk Paint for a non-chipping extremely durable surface. Got kitchen cabinets, go for it.

Smooth as butter!When finished correctly, it almost feels like a factory spray finish, but it’s actually brushed on. Milk Paint self-levels, however, the water can raise the grain of bare wood so will require a light sanding after the new paint has dried. So as not to create any dust, you can apply hemp oil prior to sanding/distressing.

No Primer needed! Milk Paint actually binds with the wood fibers when applied to raw wood, not allowing for that peeling to occur. Milk paint can absorb into porous surfaces without any additional product being used for instance brick, mortar, plaster etc. Chipping happens when it’s applied to an existing glossy sheen paint or a surface that has been oiled or waxed. Since it cannot absorb or adhere very well to these surfaces, the milk paint will chip randomly, which is also a beautiful effect. Fusion Mineral Paint is a low matte sheen so milk paint can be applied to that. We encourage you to always test your methods prior to doing a project.

 

Milk Paint by Fusion is made the traditional way, and we love the authenticity. True milk paint always comes in powder, and all you have to add is water. We make each small batch of milk paint by hand, with materials sourced as locally as possible. We support local companies to provide us with our raw materials and packaging, and we hire locally, and hand pour everything right here in North America.  

Milk Paint is truly the most forgiving paint to work with, it’s almost impossible to create brush strokes thanks to its  smooth, creamy consistency. Super smooth, every time.

 

Waste not, want not – only mix what you need. It virtually lasts forever in powder form, it doesn’t go bad, whereas all premixed paints have a shelf life.This is indefinite as long as it is unmixed and kept in relative neutral temperatures and the container is completely shut so humidity cannot enter the packages. If you do happen to mix up too much Milk Paint, not to worry – simply put it into a tightly sealed container and when you are ready to use it again, simply stir it up. No need to refrigerate. Our convenient sizes of Quarts and testers allow for essentially any size project to be completed without waste.

Solid Or stain coverage – you choose! Mixing instructions for a solid, opaque coverage are 1 part Milk Paint powder to 1 part water. If you want more of a stain look,  mix  1 part Milk Paint powder to 3 parts water. Adjust as desired. Too opaque looking? Add more water. Too transparent? Add more powder.

Milk Paint: Meet Endless Possibilities

Good things take time. We’ve perfected our Milk Paint over 30 years – say hello to 28 signature shades, a mix-and-go formula, and an ultra-long lasting finish. The possibilities are endless!

 We’re flipping the perception of milk paint on its head! Introducing Milk Paint by FusionTM – a new line of curated mix-and-go shades designed to bring an instant boost of colour to your space. Milk paint, made modern. Let us show you all the possibilities that Milk Paint has to offer, and change some of those preconceived notions you have about milk paint.

We’re smitten by colour – 28 feel-good shades inspired by the vibrant hues that make life pop – from everyday moments like the perfect almond latte to Insta-worthy travel destinations.

We’ve perfected the ancient milk paint formula and added our own twist.
Just mix-and-go, it’s easier than making your morning protein shake!

Lots to Love

  • Easy to mix
  • No brush strokes
  • Smooth as silk to chippy chic – you choose
  • Ultra-durable
  • Won’t chip or peel on porous surfaces
  • Super versatile – use it on furniture, walls, and any interior or exterior applications Zero VOC