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General Finishes MILK PAINT ( What & How)

General Finishes MILK PAINT ( What & How)

Hi Folks,  Its Aileen of

In the last few months myself and my husband took over the distributorship of the General Finishes range of products in Ireland. Now I  am sure some of  you are asking ‘why on earth I would add an extra workload like that to my already very busy life’ ?

Well to be quite honest I have been Upcycling furniture for years now and I am really passionate about how amazing these finishing products are. I have never used anything as good or as EASY to use. Self priming, Self leveling and Self Sealing and the finish you get is the best I have ever seen ( looks like your furniture has been sprayed.. Seriously !! )  and I felt the Irish Market needed to know about this.

Upcycling is still huge and so many people are now looking for an alternative to chalk paint and waxing ! Which is not only hard work but not durable for every day use. And I particularly don’t like brush marks on my furniture. Its just too amateur looking.

So today I found an excellent blog from The Creativity Exchange   that i thought was worth sharing. LINKS have been adapted to our country.

Its written by a girl called Jenny from Evolution of Style and this is what she says:


Hi guys! It’s Jenny, from Evolution of Style, and I’m so happy to be back again talking paint on The Creativity Exchange!

This month I’m talking about General Finishes Milk Paint – I have been using a lot of their products lately for furniture projects, and I have really been loving what they have to offer in terms of colors and the quality of their paint.  There’s a big selection of colors that are a mix of classic and fun all at the same time, which is a nice combination, depending upon the direction you wish to take your furniture.  Plus, the colors are mixable – so you can create your own custom colors as well.

According to the General Finishes website, –General Finishes Milk Paint is not a true “casein based milk paint” but a modern version of old world paint with a strong mineral base, it is fabulously adaptable & UV resistant. Milk Paint can be used indoors or out & applied to furniture, crafts, and cabinets. Easy to use – consumers can hand apply or professionals may spray. It is the furniture paint with soul-.

Unlike some brands of milk paint that comes in a powder form that you have to mix yourself, General Finishes Milk Paint comes already pre-mixed to the ideal consistency.  You can always thin it with water to dilute and make it more like a wash.  It’s so much easier to use this way but you still get that gorgeous milk paint finish. It goes on just like regular paint and can be sprayed too.  The finish is stunning and very easy to attain with this paint.

Right now, General Finishes has 28 milk paint colors and the paint can either be purchased online on here or there is a searchable map on their website

Speaking of colors and finishes, let me show you just want this milk paint can do.

Coastal Blue is becoming a fast favorite of mine.

It’s the perfect shade of navy blue.  I recently refinished a table and chairs for a client, and used Coastal Blue for the frame, with a walnut stain for the seat.

You can add even more depth with the use of a glaze, like this dresser from The Painted Drawer.  Gorgeous, don’t you think?  The hardware really makes the whole thing pop, not to mention that beautiful carved detail.

I think this is one of my absolute favorite Coastal Blue dresser makeovers.  Cassie at Primitive and Proper knocked this one out of the park.

Lamp Black is another color that gives a furniture piece a classic vibe.  Look how this vintage china cabinet from Mary Beth’s Place was given a new lease on life with Lamp Black, along with the addition of a graphic print along the back.  Beautiful!I just finished a beat up, old desk in Lamp Black, and it’s at the top of my list if you’re going for a classic look.

General Finishes also offers a variety of stains, and I topped this desk with their Walnut Stain.  It’s the perfect shade – not too dark, not too light


I transformed this princess dresser and nightstand using General Finishes Driftwood Milk Paint and a glaze over the top.  Not your little girl dresser anymore.








If you want to get a bit more whimsical, there are lots of options there as well.
I’m a smitten kitten for this dresser from Helen Nichole Designs (formerly Picked and Painted).  I mentioned that the General Finishes paints are mixable, and this is a great example of how you can create whimsical colors on your own.  What a great statement piece!

If you’ve never tried milk paint before, General Finishes Milk Paint is the perfect paint to use for the first time.  If you have you tried General Finishes Paints, do you have a favorite color?


Great blog post from Jenny at Evolution of Style.


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