Adventures With Milk Paint-Frames

Adventures With Milk Paint-Frames

If you have chosen to graze in the pinterest pasture in the last couple of years you have, without a doubt, come across some chalk paint refinishing projects.  I had been drooling over those projects for some time, but it wasn’t until a friend of mine refinished her entryway table that I had ever seen a project done with Milk Paint.  The finish looked very similar to chalk paint, but the color seemed more vibrant to me.   So, off I went to a specialty shop that sold this magical paint.  It was at said shop that I experienced some serious sticker shock!  While I have been really happy with the finish of the milk paint, I probably won’t buy more unless I go in on it with a friend…or two or three.

The cost of the paint was made a little less painful by the fact that the frames to be painted were FREE.  Thanks to my fantastic Granny who just happened to have a wide selection of large frames sitting in her garage waiting for me to rummage through, I was able to actually afford the milk paint!

I added chicken wire to the back of some of the frames she gave me….


Click HERE to see that tutorial.

I love the chicken wire in the frames, but had something else in mind for the others!

milk paint adventures

To start I sanded, cleaned and primed the frames.  Priming is an optional step with milk paint, depending on the finish you are looking for.  It is important to always sand and wipe down anything you are getting ready to paint.  (Some would say that sanding is not necessary for chalk paint, but I do it anyway because I don’t like to take any chances!)



The next step is mixing the paint.  Milk paint comes in powder form.  You mix it with water according to the instructions on the bag.  You can just stir it up with a plastic fork, but I just used my magic bullet since we don’t use it in the kitchen anymore.  The lady at the store told me that the paint is actually edible, but the instructions on the back say not to injest it…so I don’t plan on using the bullet for smoothies any time soon. 🙂


Once the paint is mixed it’s all ready to go on.  Because of how I mixed the paint it took 13 coats to get the coverage I wanted-no that is not a typo.  The good thing is that it dries pretty quickly.



Once you are done painting, let it dry completely, and then brush on the wax.  I did about 4 coats of the wax.  I used a brush to apply it and an old rag to lightly rub it in and wipe off the excess.


006 (2)Once the wax is dry you are done!

Here is what I started with:


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NOTE: You do have to thoroughly prime these frames before painting them!!

And here is how they turned out:


I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the frame on the right yet! 🙂

I used the spray chalk board paint on the back board that was in the frame on the left and I have loved using it as a chalk board!


While it did take more effort that I expected, I love how they turned out!!  Check back next week to see the how the girls antique vanity turned out!