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FAQs

 

What colors do you have? 

We currently offer 35 colors and new ones are being added to the line every couple of months!  There are 3 colors now listed on this color chart as of yet – Bluebird, Haberdash and Adelaide.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint Color Chart - front

When are orders shipped?

Orders are shipped within 1-3 business days.  Orders that are placed during a sale can take up to 10 days to ship.

You will receive a confirmation that your order has been processed as well as a tracking # email.

How much does one package of paint cover?

One pint will cover 36 sq ft, one quart is 72 sq ft and a sample is 12 sq ft.   You do need to keep in mind that coverage varies a lot depending on the piece your painting (how light or dark it is compared to the color your painting it), how many coats you do, how thick or thin you mix your paint, type of brush used and your painting technique.  Whites tend to take 3-4 coats, whereas colors normally take 2 coats, sometimes even just 1.

What do you mix the paint with?

True Milk paint comes in a powder form and just mixes with water.  See tips for mixing here.

What is the difference between the 3 whites?

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - 3 whites

Can i use milk paint on kitchen/bathroom cabinets?


Yes!  You can use our milk paint on your cabinets just as you would use it on furniture.  Milk paint is extremely durable and is a perfect choice for high traffic areas.  It is advised to clean your cabinets well with a degreaser such as TSP (be sure to completely rinse the TSP so you don’t have adhesion issues).  If your cabinets are shiny, very smooth or have been painted before, then you might want to give them a light sand to knock down the shine a bit and create a little “tooth” for the paint to stick to.  Remember – if you have chipping/peeling paint or clear coat prior to painting, then that must be removed or the milk paint wont adhere and it will just continue to peel.  Your paint job will be all for nothing if you don’t fix any problem areas 1st.  If you aren’t going for a “chippy” look on your cabinets or if they have been painted before, then add the Extra Bond to the 1st coat of milk paint just as you would do on furniture.  After cabinets are properly prepped, paint as normal and then seal with a good quality polyurethane (water or oil based) or a clear lacquer – be sure to find a product that protects against food oils.  If your looking for a glazed look on your cabinets, its advised to use an oil based glaze with milk paint.  Glaze 1st, then seal with top coat of your choice.

What is the difference between milk and chalk paints?


 Milk Paint is an ancient paint developed 1000’s of years ago – in fact they have even found ancient cave paintings that are in milk paint!  Chalk type paints are newer on the market.  Only true milk paint comes in a powder form – if its pre mixed and it says its milk paint, its not (it would be an acrylic based paint) – chalk type paints come premixed.  Milk paint is made with all natural ingredients consisting of limestone and casein, which is the milk paint protein – most chalk type paints are not all natural.   Milk paint is well known to be very durable and when painted over a porous surface its virtually impossible to remove.  Milk paint is known for its depth and dimension and somewhat “mottled” appearance – this is unlike any other paints which are flat and one dimensional (chalk type paints, latex, oil, lacquer) – milk paint has a ton of character even when its not distressed.

Because milk paint comes in a powder form (that you mix with water), it can be made as thick or as thin as you like it.  You can use it thin for a stain or thicker to create texture and age.  Chalk type paints generally are thicker and are already mixed.  Milk paint is well known for its ability to naturally chip/flake off and crackle when painting over some existing finishes – chalk type paints don’t do this and have to be distressed or forced to crackle.  Both paints can be distressed, glazed, waxed, etc.

Generally, the prep work for milk and chalk type paints are about the same.  Both paints have their place and one is not better than the other – its all about personal preference and about the overall look your trying to achieve.  Milk paint traditionally will give a more authentic aged look (or you can add the Extra Bond to get a cleaner painted look).

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