We would describe Mercantile as your classic light gray color. Its a bit warmer and lighter than our other gray, Galvanized from our Sweet Pickins Milk Paint line. This will be your perfect neutral gray!
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Our line of all-natural milk paint has been especially formulated for walls (but can definitely be used on more than just walls – its amazing on furniture!). From previously painted surfaces to new wallboard with joint compound, Farmhouse Finishes Safe Paint is self-priming and provides a flat, consistent finish. Water resistant once cured. Mixes easily at high speeds with a portable kitchen mixer or drill paint paddle.
Farmhouse Finishes is a true milk paint which comes in a powder form. Our Milk Paint is environmentally safe and non-toxic. There is a slight milky odor when it is applied, but it is completely odorless when dry. Our milk paint is 100% VOC free and is made with all natural earth materials.
– To make the paint, you simply mix the powder with warm water. How far the paint goes will depend upon your painting technique, how thick/thin you mix the paint, how many coats you do and the contrast between the color your are painting compared to the piece your are painting.
2 oz. sample – covers approx 12 sq ft.
6 oz. pint – covers approx 36 sq ft.
12 oz. quart – covers approx 72 sq ft.
48 oz. gallon – covers approx 288 sq ft.
– You may add the Extra Bond to make the paint more “elastic” and less brittle. Extra Bond may also be helpful on extra shiny/slick surfaces for the best adhesion.
– Because milk paint comes in a powder form, you can control how thick/thin you mix the paint. You can use it as you would regular paint, thinner for a wash/stain or thicker to create texture.
– Milk Paint can naturally chip or crackle when applied over some existing finishes. This can result in an authentic look reminiscent of a chippy/aged/timeworn piece of furniture.
– Old Fashioned Milk Paint colors can be mixed together to achieve your own custom colors. You can also add white to lighten or black to darken. Remember to keep your ratios if you want to recreate the color!
– OFMP can be top coated with any available product on the market, we have several options for you here. To protect milk paint from water spots and make it easier to clean, it must be top coated.
– Many variations in color and texture naturally occur on milk painted pieces and this is completely normal. These unique variations which only come with true milk paint, add depth and dimension to each project.
– You can use the same techniques for distressing and glazing milk paint as you would any other paint. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Full instructions on how to use our paint are included in packaging.
For tutorials on using the milk paint go here.