When you're looking to paint the interiors of your home there are many things that you need to bear in mind prior to starting the project.
One of the biggest and most important aspects of the process is the selection of what kind of paint one is going to use to paint the interior.
Among the paints one can use, there are milk and chalk paints, which are popular among some for their more natural qualities and low VOC emissions.
With that in mind, let us look at comparing milk paint and chalk paint for interior painting in Southlake, TX.
They Are Not The Same Despite Appearances
There are some who will look at milk paint and chalk paint and based on the appearance, come to the conclusion that they must basically be the same, more or less.
This is quite untrue and in fact each of them have their own qualities and aspects that do not translate to the other one.
Milk chalk comes in powder form, for example, and is made by watering down the powder to form the paint which is good in that you can make exactly as much as you need for the project.
Milk Paint Qualities
Milk paint has a rich and tough finish that seems to improve with the passage of time.
It is incredibly easy to use and can be applied in a matter of a few hours.
While it does not seem to chip the way that other paints do, it does easily get scratched, so one must be careful about how one is around the wall.
Another fantastic thing about milk paint is that it is so safe that you can pour it down the drain without any adverse effects -- as opposed to traditional paint, which is absolutely illegal to pour down the drain.
It's also worth noting that there are no toxic and unpleasant fumes that come about when you paint with milk paint, which makes for an overall more pleasant painting experience.
Milk paint is a water based paint that will soak right into wood when you paint onto it, unlike your average oil or latex paint which will sit on top of the wood so to speak.
It can be used without sanding the surface that is being painted though it would not hurt to sand if you find that there are rough areas that need some kind of sanding.
It's possible to mix milk paint in a jar although it's also said that you can use a blender to get the best kind of mix.
When mixing the paint up, you're going to want to do a one to one ratio, which is one of the easiest ratios to remember.
Some people find that warmer water is better for mixing, and regular mixing during the course of the painting process can also be helpful.
Chalk Paint Qualities
Chalk paint is the sort of paint that is going to easily stick to the surface that you will choose to paint it on, and that means that you are not going to need to use a primer beforehand.
The paint contains calcium, which is what gives it the chalky appearance.
It can be easily applied with a roller, sprayer, or a brush, which is good as far as variety goes in applying paint.
Chalk paint is something that can be made in the comfort of your own home.
It's rather brilliant in that it can be used to pull of a wide variety of look from distressed to crackled and otherwise.
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