Color Staining With Milk Paint

Milk Paint has become popular for it’s awesome chippy goodness that gives on previously finished surfaces, but what about on raw wood?
Did you know that milk paint on raw wood is actually the strongest, most durable paint you can use?!
Milk paint when painted on raw wood will bind with the wood fibers, acting more like a stain, then paint. It soaks in, showcasing the wood grain- and giving your finish a durable, beautiful finish.

It can take two different toned wood species, and blend them together.
We started with this solid wood farmhouse inspired table design, using pine for the top, and cedar posts for the legs.
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We chose Raw Silk Milk Paint, to give this table an aged antiqued white finish.
When choosing to stain raw wood with milk paint, you can add more water- a 2 to 1 ratio of water to paint.
The raw wood will soak all the paint right up, and dry in a fraction of the time other toxic stains take.
After a staining the wood, you will notice that milk paint will cause the wood grain to raise- we recommend sanding this down with a fine grit sand paper or orbital sander.
We chose to create some antique wear and tear on this table by blending in some antiquing wax.
A waxing brush, sponge, or cloth will work wonderful for this. We chose to add the dark wax in the knots, and crevices of the wood, building up the age of the finish.
To seal, you can use one of waxes, or our signature Hemp Oil, or Tung oil.
Because this table was raw, and it will be a high traffic surface, we chose Tung oil for extra durability.

Milk paint gives this table an authentic wood finish, giving it a aged creamy white finish, yet not covering the wood grain, the way most premixed paints will. Do you love a painted look, but your partner cherishes wood grain? Staining with Homestead House Milk Paint is the perfect paint to marry both loves!

No Prep, No Priming, No Kidding!

We have taken 10 years of experience, expert testing and refining to provide what furniture painters require in paint: zero VOC, durability, strength, and environmentally safe. Giving a chalk like finish to mimic our milk paint line, this 100% acrylic latex paint requires no priming, sanding, or top coat!

Too good to be true, you ask? Well, we put it to the test on this high gloss cherry writing desk.
No prep, no sanding, no priming. Just 2 coats of our Furniture Paint in sunny Ochre.
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The paint goes on so smooth, with excellent coverage.
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After 2 easy coats, this high gloss cherry desk has a fresh new look, with an incredibly durable finish you have to feel to believe.
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There is no need for topcoats, although you can add texture and sheen with any of our wonderful waxes.
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The brass pull got a quick coat of Sturbridge White, with a little distressing. That’s right, Furniture paint will cover metal as well!
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This desk in our dead flat finish, with no reflective qualities, mimicking the chalky finish of our milk paint, yet it is washable and scrub-able.
If you would like to do some distressing, like on this chair below, we recommend doing it soon after the paint dries, or wet distressing, in which you pull the paint off while wet. Because of it’s supreme adhesion, distressing can be tough once the paint is cured!
The possibilities are endless! Don’t be afraid to tackle that high gloss, ugly, intimidating furniture that you long to refinish! Our furniture paint will do all the hard work for you! Paint, and enjoy!

Choosing a Homestead House Color

Are you ready to start your painting project, but worried about making the right color choice?

We offer a beautiful selection of colors- and pallets, each unique in it’s hues and undertones.
We placed some of our favorite colors together, side by side, to help you see the difference between them, so you can chose the color right for you!


First the beloved blues:

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Left to Right: Maritime Blue, Soldier Blue, Homestead Blue, and Midnight Blue.

Maritime Blue: A rich cerulean Blue

Soldier Blue: A bold, true Blue

Homestead Blue: A dark saturated Blue, with just a hint of green.

Midnight Blue: Our darkest Blue, appears almost black in certain lighting situations.


Our lighter Blues and Aquas:

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Left to Right: Laurentien,  Loyalist, Rideau, Quaker Blue

Laurentien: A soft robin’s egg blue with a hint of green.

Loyalist: This is a soft muted light green/blue mix.

Rideau Blue: This muted blue has a hint of grey.

Quaker Blue: This bold blue has a blend of green and dusty grey.

The lovely yellows:

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Left to Right: Buttermilk, Ochre, Garden Seed, Mustard

Buttermilk Cream: A rich, creamy yellow. Goes well with any of the greens, reds, or blues.

Ochre: A Bold Warm Yellow

Garden Seed: A rich, Vibrant Yellow

Mustard: This harvest yellow is a little darker and slightly more muted than Garden Seed. Goes well with greens and reds.


The Greens:

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Left to Right: Upper Canada, Gatineau, Acadia Pear, Bayberry

Upper Canada Green: This is the brightest of the greens. It has an granny smith apple vibrancy to it.

Gatineau: This is a medium tone yellow green. Goes well with yellows, reds and the grey-blues.

Acadia Pear: A muted, sage-green.

Bayberry: A deep rich, yellow-green.


The Whites:

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Left to Right: Sturbridge White, Raw Silk, Champlain, Limestone

Sturbridge White: Considered to be a “natural white” less stark than the whites found in lead and modern paint

Raw Silk: This is a warm white with a hint of grey.

Champlain : Absolute warm white. It is a neutral that matches just about anything, with a mix off cool and warm undertones of yellow and grey.

Limestone:This next to the white has a very slight hint of a warm yellow. Similar to natural limestone or chalk


The Taupes:
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Left to Right: Cathedral Taupe, Bedford, Algonquin, Cartier

Cathedral Taupe: A light taupe. This ageless neutral matches just about anything.

Bedford: This is a very light neutral grey with a hint of sage- green.

Algonquin:A warm, bold grey beige taupe, with light undertones of brown.

Cartier: A warm Sage-green

And two classics:

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Coal Black, and Chocolate

Coal Black: This jet black is used to accentuate any color.

Chocolate: This dark sorrel brown has a touch of red. Goes nicely with reds, blues and greens.





Algonquin (Before and After) and A Sneak Peek!

Today on the blog, we have a before and after featuring one of our beloved neutrals, Algonquin, as well as a sneak peak we have in the works! We are in the process of creating a wonderful new product for you, Stone Surface Medium. This product will add texture and dimension to your faux finishing, stenciling, and furniture painting. Where as it is not quite ready yet, we couldn’t help but share a sneak peek with you!

This antique cedar chest was in great shape, but the exterior was faded and outdated. It had beautiful details that needed to come alive using our Furniture Paint.

The pallet was Algonquin for the body, and Sturbridge White for the details.

The beauty of our Furniture Paint is it’s ability to go on flawlessly, as well as it’s consistency is beautiful for stenciling.

We chose a fleur de lis stencil to give the front of the chest some character, by lightly pouncing Sturbridge white over the stencil using a foam sponge.



To give the pattern a raised finish, we played with our medium Stone Surface medium. (Again, this product is still in testing, will be coming soon!)

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After gently pulling the stencil was off, the design had instant texture and a 3 dimensional quality!

DSCF7340 We just had to share, this product is going to give your finishes a step up!

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And some shots of the details of the chest…
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Don’t you just love being in the “know”?! Stay tuned for our new Stone Surface Medium… until then grab some Furniture Paint and start your own transformation!

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