Wood Flooring Super Heroes: Hemp Oil & Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
Finishing wood floors is a natural eco-friendly way is made simple with Miss Mustard Seed (MMS) Hemp Oil and Milk Paint.
Both products are great for those who do not tolerate solvent-based materials such as people who have chemical sensitivities. There are no toxic fumes, VOC’s, or long dry times.
If you like the natural colour of your wood floor, simply apply Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil as a natural durable finish. Hemp Oil is similar to boiled linseed or Tung oil in that it penetrates, hardens and dries to a long-lasting finish.
If you’d like a unique colour on your floor, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint can be used as a stain. Mix with your chosen MMS Milk Paint with water, then stir, stir, stir and apply. Once you’re happy with the depth of the colour, seal with hemp oil.
About a Hemp Oil Finish on Wood Flooring
Hemp Oil is a great topcoat over MMS Milk Paint or other paints as long as they are porous. It’s also wonderful over new or old wood (stained or not).
Hemp Oil finishes to a soft gentle matte luster. Once cured, it is very durable. The oil does not leave a film and will not scratch or chip. It’s pleasant to work with; if it gets on hands or clothes it’s not a concern. We recommend two coats for a good finish and up to four coats if it’s a high traffic area. Floors or furniture should be re-oiled every year or so as needed.
Since there are no solvents or dryers added to Hemp Oil, the curing time is longer than you might think. The oil will feel dry to the touch one day after the initial application, however a full cure can range from several days to a month. You can still use the floor during that time, but it might feel a little oily to the touch.
Hemp Oil is not recommended for bathroom, kitchen floors or by doors to the outside, as these areas tend to be subject to water. Tung Oil may be a better option in those areas.
Using MMS Milk Paint as a Stain
MMS Milk Paint can used to stain a raw wood floor OR a previously finished floor. Be sure to prep the floor to ensure the surface will allow the milk paint to penetrate.
When using MMS Milk Paint on a raw wood floor, prep the floor by simply sanding the wood to a smooth finish. Vacuum thoroughly to remove all the sanding dust. As raw wood is naturally porous, prepare and apply the paint evenly (as indicated below) and let each layer dry to the milky dusty ugly stage.
When using MMS Milk Paint on previously finished floor, MMS Milk Paint stain CANNOT be applied directly to the floor. The floor MUST be prepped to be porous to prevent any “chippiness”. Strip or sand off the previous finish to allow the wood to fully absorb the milk paint.
Coverage depends on the surface and how much water is used when mixing. Coverage will be different depending if it’s raw wood or if it’s previously coated.
Typically one quart of a very light color will cover approximately 50-70 sq. ft.; a darker color will cover about 70 sq. ft.
- 1 quart (.5 lb.) covers 50 – 70 sq. ft.
- 2 quarts (1 lb.) covers 130 – 150 sq. ft.
- 10 quarts (5 lb.) covers 700 – 750 sq. ft.
- 20 quarts (10 lb.) covers 1,500 – 1,600 sq. ft.
- 60 quarts (30 lb.) covers 4,500 – 4,600 sq. ft.
- 100 quarts (30 lb.) covers 7,500 – 8,000 sq. ft.
Make a Sandwich and Stir Stir Stir
Mix up the MMS Milk Paint according to the package instructions (1:1 ratio). When mixing up a batch for a floor, be sure to prepare the quantity you will need to cover one coat on the entire area. (Refer to Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint FAQ’s for more details.
When you are mixing MMS Milk paint, mix very well. For large quantities such as for a floor, a hand blender is recommended.
Leave the batch sit while you (to quote Miss Mustard Seed) “go make a sandwich”. This will give the pigments a chance to absorb. After your sandwich is eaten (yum – yum), stir, stir and stir again. It is the nature of the pigments to separate (the heavier raw materials will settle) and this is why you must continually stir, stir, stir while you paint. It is critical for the consistency of the colour.
Watching Paint Dry
Once the MMS Milk paint is fully dry, you will notice that it dries to a flatter and lighter colour than the intended colour. This is the nature of milk paint as the clay and limestone will cause the paint to dry to a chalky finish.
If you want to deepen the colour, do as many coats as needed BEFORE the hemp oil.
The One Step Wet Sand Method
Oil the floor by simply drizzling the MMS Hemp Oil and working it in using 220-sanding block. This makes a buttery smooth surface and keeps the dust down by keeping it wet with hemp oil. You are also sealing the finish – all in one step.
Once the oil is worked in, wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Some of the colour of the milk paint will have absorbed into the oil and into paper towel. Small amounts of oil may rise. Wipe the excess away with a cloth. Both are normal.
Hemp Oil Curing
Let the floor cure for 24 to 48 hours between applications of Hemp Oil. Cure times will vary depending on the wood – the more porous the wood, the faster the cure.
When the floor is dry to the touch – you can walk on it.
During the drying time, place some cardboard down where there will more foot traffic. Dirty shoes should be kept off for at least two weeks.
The floor will be fully cured after 28 days. Keep that in mind before using it for heavier traffic.
Hemp Oil Coverage
Coverage depends on the surface the oil is being applied to. While a little goes a long way, bare wood requires more oil and a previously oiled surface will require less.
- 500 ml – Covers about 60 sq. ft.
- 1 Litre – Covers about 120 sq. ft.
- 1 Gallon – Covers about 500 sq. ft.
- 5 Gallons – Covers about 2000 sq. ft.
Note: Left over oil has many uses. Hemp Oil is food-safe so it’s perfect to use in the kitchen on wooden cutting boards, wooden utensils or stone countertops. It will restore the luster of items coated with oil paint and will revive old cast iron.
owner, The Pink Bee Company