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Chalk Paint vs. Milk Paint

Here at Olive Tree Marketplace, we often get beginning questions about using the paint we carry so we thought what better way to answer some questions than doing a post about it for everyone.

We carry two main brands of paint, Dixie Belle Chalk Paint and General Finishes Milk Paint (we also have some of their chalk paint colors as well). One of the main questions we get is, “What’s the difference?” Well, have no fear, we are here to break that down for you so you can get the right paint for the job.

Dixie Belle Chalk Paint

Dixie Belle has over 70 colors to choose from running the gamut from whitest of whites to the darkest of blacks. It has a wonderful selection of colors whether you like to stay pretty neutral or if you need a little pop of color for the accent piece in your living room.

Dixie Belle has a thicker consistency making it go a long way. It comes in containers of 8 oz, 16 oz and 32 oz. Depending on the size of your project, depends on how much paint you might need, but just know that it goes a long way. If you want a thinner consistency that stretches even further you can even add a little bit of water.

With Dixie Belle being a chalk paint, it gives your piece that nice rustic finish. You can either leave your piece completely covered or distress it a little with some sandpaper.

Dixie Belle Colonel Mustard- Guacamole small chest

Dixie Belle Fluff-painted Hutch

As you can see, the paint covers the surface beautifully without any sanding needed.









General Finishes Milk Paint

General Finishes has 26 colors to choose from including some beautiful neutral tones and a few pops of color. The General Finishes milk paint has a wonderful sleek finish that looks wonderfully smooth.

General Finishes milk paint has a thinner consistency and typically requires a few more coats. It comes in containers of a pint (16 oz) or quart (32 oz). Milk paint generally requires at least 2 coats and more often than not a third coat. The thinner consistency still goes a long way but you do use more of it.

With General Finishes milk paint, it gives your piece a nice sheen finish.

General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint with GF Java Gel Stain

Chalk paint and milk paint both have their own benefits and each has their own place in a project. Selection between the two just depends on what kind of finish you want primarily. Both are fairly easy to work with and look beautiful when completed. Chalk paint typically only requires 2 coats at most while milk paint usually takes 3 coats. Consistency also has a big impact on your decision, some people are just more comfortable with the thicker consistency that chalk paint provides and gives the beginning painter a little more room for error. While milk paint tends to show imperfections easier due to the thinner consistency. However, while milk paint can be a little intimidating because of the thinner consistency, it comes out beautifully and is still very easy to work with when you take your time.

If you have any questions about a project or would like to share a recent project with us, please do. We love seeing work from our customers and we are always happy to answer any questions.

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