Junkyard Goddess Milk Paint on Metal

How to Measure Milk Paint

April 18, 2018


One of the many benefits of milk paint is that it is extremely versatile and customizable, which allows for more creativity. Plus, it saves you money since one box of paint has the ability to perform in different ways, depending upon how you choose to use it.  And since milk paint comes in a powder form, the user has more control over customizing the milk paint for each project. Some projects may require a thicker consistency (faux finishing a fireplace, for example). Some projects will look better with a thinner consistency paint.


Measure roughly one part Junkyard Goddess Milk Paint powder to one part lukewarm water in a container that is at least twice the size of the mixture. Milk Paint consistency is thinner than a typical latex paint, so don't be alarmed. If it resembles unwhipped cream, that is perfect. If you haven't read my post How to Mix Milk Paint, now would be a good time.


Measure roughly one part milk paint powder to one and a half parts lukewarm water. Consistency will resemble half-and-half.

Try to mix only enough paint for the current project.  A little goes a long way. Here is a rough guideline to go by:

Candle Holders

Picture Frames

Young Child's Desk

Small Decoratives

Mix approximately two ounces (one quarter cup) each of Junkyard Goddess Milk Paint powder and water to make one half a cup of milk paint.

Dining Room Chair

End Table

Night Stand

Small Coffee Table


Floor Lamp

Iron Candelabra

Mix approximately four ounces (one half cup) each of Junkyard Goddess Milk Paint powder and water to make one cup of milk paint.


Small Dining Table

Small Desk

Small Chest of Drawers

Large Coffee Table


Baby Crib

Mix approximately eight ounces (one cup) each of Junkyard Goddess Milk Paint powder and water to make two cups of milk paint.

Large Dining Table



Executive Desk

Kitchen Cabinets

Use about 16 ounces (two cups) each of paint powder and water to make four cups of milk paint.


The above recommendations are approximate estimations based on my experience. There may be milk paint left over (pop the lid on and save for your next project) or you may need to mix more to complete your project. 

Ready to start mixing?  See my next blog post How to Mix Milk Paint for tips on mixing. 

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