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Ron Watson builds from "scratch" 1/12th scale miniatures of historic, horse drawn vehicles such as stage coaches, wagons, buggies, etc. Each piece is constructed either from plans or from an actual wagon. Ron uses our Milk Paint to give his historic replicas an authentic finish.

eco-orchard paint

Introducing new Eco-Orchard Paint!
Fruit growers have long seen a need to protect tree trunks from the scalding sun. During the heat of the day, trunks can expand, and then contract overnight in the cooler air, sometimes splitting the bark and damaging the tree. A solution to this is to paint the tree trunks white to reflect the sun. Sounds easy enough, but organic farmers, in particular, have had a hard time finding the right product to use that will safely comply with the stringent regulations placed on them, and at the same time be durable, long lasting and not wear down when it rains.

Eco-Orchard Paint is a newly formulated, all natural milk paint. We are happy to announce that we are a new Business Partner with CCOF- California Certified Organic Farmers.

We hope that our new Eco-Orchard Paint will provide an effective, ecologically safe solution for preventing sun scald not only on organic farms, but for anyone interested in protecting their trees in the safest way possible.

For more information, samples and pricing for Eco-Orchard Paint please contact us. {Eco-Orchard can be purchased in pints, quarts and gallons here}

Our Old Fashioned Milk Paint Turns 40!
Check out the recent press release regarding our 40th Anniversary here.

New Product
We are pleased to announce that we will now carry AFM Safecoat Acriglaze Matte Finish as a replacement for our satin Clear Coat, which is being discontinued. Why? We have long searched for a good, non-toxic clear finish that will seal our milk paint without changing the soft, flat sheen of our paint. We believe we have finally found it with the Safecoat product, and will start carrying it immediately, in quarts and gallons.

Old Fashioned Milk Paint is the First USDA Certified Biobased Paint

Groton, MA. (July 30, 2012) —The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., Inc. has won USDA Biobased Certification for its Old Fashioned Milk Paint. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the paint’s renewable biobased ingredients meet or exceed USDA standards. Biobased products are materials composed of agricultural, forestry, or marine materials. Old Fashioned Milk Paint and the company's newest formula, SafePaint for walls, are made from natural materials including milk protein (casein), crushed limestone, clay and earth pigments.

“We are pleased to take part in the USDA’s Biobased Labeling program and hope it will further set our natural paint apart from the many chemically produced paints currently on the market” said Anne Thibeau, the milk paint company’s President.

According to the USDA, consumers can feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased claim and can make better informed purchasing decisions.

"We are pleased that The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., Inc. has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label," said Ron Buckhalt, USDA BioPreferred Program Manager. "Biobased products provide opportunities to help add value to renewable commodities, create jobs in rural communities, and generate investment income."

All products approved for the Federal preferred purchasing program must use the version of the label that contains the symbol “FP” (Federally Preferred). These milk paints fall within the USDA BioPreferred Interior Paints & Coatings Designated Category and are thus identified for Federal preferred purchasing.

USDA is the lead agency for both the voluntary labeling and Federal preferred purchasing programs. More detailed program information and additional resources are available at www.biopreferred.gov.

The label will be on both the Old Fashioned Milk Paint and SafePaint wall formulas' packaging, and available for consumers immediately.

New Painting Videos

Curtis Buchanan is a well known Windsor chairmaker from Jonesborough, TN, and a long time user of our milk paint. He has recently completed the daunting task of uploading 52 videos on to Youtube about making a Comb Back Windsor.

You may access all of the videos here.

Video # 46 begins the milk paint preparation and painting process.


Valentines Day Drawing- February 2012

It's February, and Valentine's Day is just around the corner. We are sharing the love and offering $200.00 worth of milk paint products to the lucky winner of a new drawing. All you need to do to enter is to post a photo on our Facebook page of something you have painted with our paint, whether a piece of furniture, artwork, a wall or cabinet- anything at all (and a project you have not posted there before). We will put all the names in a hat and draw the lucky winner's name on Tuesday, February 14th!

Not on Facebook? No worries- you may email us a photo and we'll submit it for you.

New "Paint Chip" Photo Album

Interested in mixing up a custom color but don't know where to begin? We've taken our shop copy of color swatches (that we've come up with while testing paint batches, helping customers with matching paint swatches, and while just fooling around with color) and put the pages together in a photo album to share on our Facebook page. Click here to take a look!

Painting services available!

Do you want to use milk paint in your home but have someone else do the painting for you? We can help! We are now offering painting services. You may contact us or one of the contractors near you listed on our Resource page.

February '10 SafePaint Photo Contest Winner!

We'd like to thank everyone who sent us photos of their SafePaint projects this past month. We are impressed with how great everyone's rooms look.

We'd like to congratulate Ken Wartell of Melbourne, Florida! We pulled Ken's name out of a hat as the winner of our drawing for $200.00 in milk paint products.

Posted below are several of the photos we've received, starting with 4 of Ken and his project. Ken actually used our original Old Fashioned formula on the walls to achieve a more 'old world' look, and used SafePaint on the ceilings and trim (also Clear Coat on the trim).

Ken Wartell



Ken used a wash of Driftwood on the beadboard in the bathroom.

The following 3 photos are from David and Kathy Partridge, NH

Next 3 are from Zia Chernyak, CA


Straw bale home in NH-
from Cathy Joly

The next 2 are from
Forest Jay Gauna, CA
These 2 are from Sandi Araiza, TX    
The following 6 photos are from Sheri Knox, CT    
  Lisa Van Plew-Cid of Michigan painted her kitchen cabinet doors with Light Cream SafePaint and then handpainted a floral design over it for a vintage look.
Great job, Lisa!
Finally, here are some photos sent to us by Richard Davis of California. These rooms and the trompe l'oeil  mural panel are actually painted with our original milk paint formula.  

Thanks again to everyone who sent photos. If you have photos you'd like to share, please email them to us!


Have you seen our new SafePaint?

SafePaint is a newly formulated milk paint designed for use on walls. Find out more here!

Watch our new video below to see just how easy it is to mix up!

The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company featured on WCVB-TV 5
Chronicle - Made In Massachusetts"

 Click here to view video
Click the image above to view the Chronicle video segment

Eco Brooklyn Green Show House

While exhibiting at the Go Green Expo in Manhattan this spring, we met Gennaro Brooks-Church of Eco Brooklyn, Inc., and decided to partner with his company by providing some SafePaint for their Green Show House. The show house will highlight the best green practices for a New York brownstone, and establishes what will be the standard renovation process for all brownstones in the future. It is available for tours.

You can read more about the use of our SafePaint milk paint in their blog. We are proud to be a part of this exciting and worthwhile project.

February '09 Drawing Winner

Thanks to everyone who sent us photos of their milk paint products and were thus entered into our random drawing to win $100.00 in milk paint products! The lucky winner was Bliss Kolb of Washington. Photos of Kolb's whimsical milk painted work are shown below, along with a few photos from some of our other contestants.

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TV cabinet painted and crackled
by John King



Chair made and painted
by Gabor Ruzsan

Intarsia plaque for Doberman Pinscher
Club Centennial made and painted
by Steve Martin


Wooden picture frame painted
by Babette Baiamonte

Living room walls painted
by Andrea Martin


Kitchen cabinets made and painted
by Wade Elliott


The covers of this book have layered
milk paint over textured paper applied
to wood panels, along with layers of
pigmented wax. From Liz Saint Rain,
Milkweed Studio


Jack-in-the-box made and painted
by Ken Peterson.

Milk Paint Resource Page

Looking for someone to help you with that painting project? Or, looking for a pro to teach you how to use milk paint like a master? Check out our new Resource Page to find a local milk painting contractor or a milk painting class near you.

Thinking Inside the Box... Innovatively!

AvroKO, a New York based design firm, has just launched an exciting project called Smart.Space, in which the AvroKO team challenged the small box format of two Greenwich Village apartments and unlocked their potential with an innovative approach. The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company is pleased that AvroKO wanted to use our milk paint as part of the project. Click here for the full story...

We are pleased to supply milk paint again for Hannibal's 2010 fence painting competition. Here is an account of a previous event:

It's an Old Fashioned Milk Paint whitewash for Tom Sawyer.

  For the past 55 years, the Jaycees in Hannibal, Missouri (the boyhood home of Mark Twain) have sponsored "National Tom Sawyer Days" over the 4th of July holiday. One of their events is the National Fence Painting contest. Boys between the ages of 10 and 13 from various states come to Hannibal and compete in the contest.

The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company has been pleased to donate all of the paint used in the competition for the past several years.

An Account of the Competition
Dark gray clouds and heavy gusts of wind threatened overhead. Reports were coming in of storm cell moving in fast, but the Jaycees barrelled on ahead, mixing up large containers of milkpaint while half a dozen Tom Sawyers lined up for the first heat. A fire hose wets down the buttressed sections of picket fence. Everything is in place.

"Ready, Set, Go", the guy on the PA screams and the line of Toms race to the fence and white paint starts to fly. The crowd retreats a few steps back in self-preservation, but proceeds to barrage the contestants with intense cheers of support and last minute coaching.

Points were given for speed, quality of painting, costume, and props (each kid had to collect a bag of items from the book that the character of Tom Sawyer might have.)

So began the first night competition, which was comprised of contestants from Hannibal only. Second competition was open to residents of Missouri, and Sunday night was the national competition. The farthest contestant flew in from Hawaii.

As hokey as it may sound, it was actually a very exciting contest to watch. Our neighbor, Brady, was in the first night's competion, which added to the fun for us. His mom, Lisa was screaming at him from the sidelines to cover the whole surface before he raced back. Other contestants went for speed and didn't worry much about the paint-job. Brady made the second heat and came in fourth in the final contest.

courtesy of Teri N., Hannibal, MO

Other News

Extra-Bond is VOC-Free

Our Extra-Bond has always been non-toxic, containing low VOC's. We are pleased to announce that we have modified this product to be VOC-free.

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