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Artisan Paints

MMS Milk PaintWe are proud to be a certified retailer of Homestead House Paint, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint as well as FAT Paint artisan style Chalk Paint. All three are Canadian-made lines of artisan paints.

If you haven't already heard of the mineral, milk and chalk paint craze and have a bit of a DIY streak, you are in for a treat! Read on to learn more about these fantastic paints and the amazing and fun things you can do with them to breath new life into old antiques and furniture, or create charming farmhouse style signs and other crafts.

We carry a selection of paints, brushes, and mylar stencils online and in-store. We also offer live demos and workshops to help you dig in and get hands on!

What is Milk Paint?

MMS Milk PaintMilk Paint is the oldest natural paint known to man and can still be found in some cave paintings. It comes in sealed bags as a powder and contains just 5 all-natural ingredients: milk protein (casein), limestone, clay, chalk and natural non-toxic pigments. When mixed only with water and absorbed into a surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mould resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces. It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.


With the Milk Paint Bonding Agent you can use Milk Paint on even more surfaces such as previously painted walls, varnished surfaces, ceramic tiles, metal, glass etc. Without the bonding agent, Milk Paint will resist some prefinished or prepainted surfaces to achieve an authentic “chippy” look.

For more great video tutorials about using Milk Paint, visit the Miss Mustard Seed Blog.

What is Mineral Paint?

The word "mineral" in mineral paint refers to natural pigments harvested from the earth, which are used in high quality artisan paints such as the lines we carry. Using natural rather than synthetic pigments allows for greater depth of colour and better durability to UV light and aging. The liquid ingredient of our mineral paint is 100% acrylic resin. Other paints on the market such as latex, or anything less than 100% acrylic, use low quality and highly toxic vinyl and latex as inexpensive fillers. Our products are made up of only the highest quality materials resulting in a zero VOC, high-quality paint. Not only are they no VOC, they are also free from many other chemicals found in other lines of paints such as ammonia and formaldehyde.

The finish of mineral paint is an extremely durable, solid matte finish that is not porous, meaning, you do not have to apply a top coat. The prep involved is minimal, thanks to the 100% acrylic resin, and it also distresses beautifully.

What is Chalk-Style Paint?

Fat Paint

Chalk-style paint is similar to Milk Paint in the way it can transform old furniture, cabinetry, bowls, frames, jars--just about anything, really--into enviable works of upcycled art.

However, while Milk Paint comes in powder form, Chalk-style Paint is more like like a regular acrylic paint with the added ingredient of calcium carbonate. Different products can have different ingredients and levels of VOC's. Our Canadian line of FAT Paint Chalk-style paint is low VOC. In fact, it’s lower than Canadian required industry standards.

This chalk-style paint has amazing adhesion. It easily affixes to most porous surfaces, such as wood, glass, metal, plastic and fabric. FAT Paint is naturally smooth and creamy--it covers most projects with just a couple of coats. The chalky nature of FAT Paint also means it dries quickly, leaving you more time to get creative with your finishes.

Because of its smooth, buttery texture, FAT Paint is really easy to sand, which makes it perfect for making those shabby-chic finishes. But, you don’t have to distress FAT Painted furniture if you don’t want to. Some people prefer a sleek, modern finish, which FAT Paint happily provides. Whichever way you go, the surface will be beautiful, silky and soft-to-the-touch.

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Clean-up is easy with all of our non-toxic, water-based paints. Just use a little soap on the brush because it helps to cut the paint (a well cleaned brush is a brush that will last). Other than that, water clean-up is all that’s needed. Because these paints are water soluble, allowing your paint water to wash down the drain will not harm the environment. 

There are tons more great resources on-line, in Facebook groups, and on YouTube. When you're ready to get started, shop our paints online or visit us in store and we'll help get you going on your first upcycle project!

If you are not the crafty type or just don't have the time to tackle a project, we offer custom furniture painting services. Contact us and we'll provide you with a complimentary quotation.