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Goooooooood morning guys! Today I am so excited to be doing another one of my fun comparison posts and this time it’s between the brand new Rust-Oleum Milk Paint Finish and the Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. EEEK! Ever since I heard that Rust-Oleum was coming out with a milk paint I’ve been dying to try it. I haven’t done much with milk paint in the past, you guys know I’m usually a chalk paint kinda gal, but I’m really excited to see how this milk paint compares/differs from chalk paint. I thought it would be fun to do a side-by-side comparison with these two paints, so for today’s post I’ll be painting a small wooden table–one side will be done with milk paint finish and the other side will be chalked paint. I can’t wait to share how these paints compare (they are actually very different!)and show you how each did on my little table. Grab a snack and let’s get to it!
Covering the Basics:
Ok, so before we hop into my comparison, let’s start by going over a few basics on each paint in case you’re not familiar with them. Sound good? Here’s the scoop on both paints from the Rust-Oleum website:
Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint:
Chalked paint is an easy to use paint for those DIY projects that dries to a velvety smooth matte finish. It brings new life to tired and worn pieces in timeless colors. Chalked paint can be distressed to achieve a vintage look that will last. It can be used on lots of different surfaces including wood, ceramic, metal, canvas, glass, etc.
Rust-Oleum Milk Paint Finish:
Milk paint finish creates a subtle matte, brushed effect with a light texture. Increased durability and adhesion properties built into the formula means Milk Paint Finish won’t chip. Milk Paint Finish is easily layered in order to achieve the desired coverage.
All righty, let’s do this! Here’s the little table I will be using for this comparison. I’ve done nothing to the table other than clean it. No sanding or primer. I’ll be using the shade Linen White in the chalked paint and Classic White in the milk paint finish. I’ll apply each a regular paint brush.
Thoughts After the First Coat of Paint
I noticed right away that the milk paint finish was a thinner consistency compared to the chalk paint. After painting the first coat with both paints, I’d say the milk paint is more lightweight while the chalked paint is a heavier paint.
- Application: The milk paint seemed to soak into the wood almost like a stain would, while the chalked paint seemed like to sit more on top of the wood.
- Coverage: The milk paint finish offered less coverage and seemed to be less pigmented compared to the chalked paint. You can see in the photo how the chalked paint provides more coverage after the first coat.
- Finish: The milk paint dried to a very matte finish that felt rough to the touch. The chalked paint was also matte, but it didn’t feel nearly as rough or as textured.
Thoughts After the Second Coat of Paint
- Application: The milk paint went on super smooth and very easily. I noticed right away how easy it was to apply the second coat—it was very buildable. Meanwhile the second coat of the chalk paint was a bit more dry because it is a thicker paint.
- Coverage: The second coat of milk paint finish gave light coverage compared to the chalk paint, which was even more full-coverage with the second coat.
- Finish: Both dried to a matte finish, but I’d say the milk paint finish was slightly more matte to the touch. After both paints had completely dried, I finished it off with a bit of distressing (with sandpaper) and I didn’t see any huge differences in this step.
Lastly I applied the Rust-Oleum Protective Matte topcoat to both sides of the table. This is the first time I’ve used this and I gotta say–I love this stuff. It was super easy to apply, especially compared to the other wax finishes I’ve used in the past, and it did a great job at sealing the table with a nice clear topcoat.
Overall Thoughts on the Rust-Oleum Milk Paint vs Chalk Paint
Well after completing this little painting project, I have to stay these two paints are actually very different and should be used for different purposes. I really like the Rust-Oleum Milk Paint Finish–it’s lightweight and I felt like it was super easy and fast to apply. I also liked the convenience of it. Some milk paints involve mixing powder with water or a bonding agent, so it was really convenient that this didn’t involve any guess work on how much to mix. Overall the milk paint finish is great because you can really customize the coverage until you get the look you want—it’s super buildable! It’s also good for decor pieces with a lot of texture because it’s going to accentuate the surface of whatever piece you’re working on. Meanwhile the chalked paint is a heavier paint and it’s awesome if you want more full coverage in a hurry—just one coat of the chalked paint can do that for you. It will also do better to hide any flaws or defects. Overall, they’re both great options depending on what look you’re going for!
Well I hope this helps explain the differences between the Rust-Oleum milk paint finish and chalked paint for your next painting project. Let me know if you have any questions, I’d love to chat!
PS: The Milk Paint Finish is now available on AMAZON!!