When Jennifer Hoffman of Stonehouse Vintage Market, one of our retailers in PA, asked what I thought about using milk paint on her deck, I sort of thought she was kidding!

You really want to use milk paint on your entire deck?!

It wasn’t that the thought hadn’t crossed my mind.  Is fact, just a few months before she asked me about it, I had painted a swatch of milk paint on my own deck to see how it would stand up to the elements.

When I realized she wasn’t kidding, I shared that I had thought of painting my own deck in milk paint and, if she does do it, I’d love to know how it turns out.

Well, Jennifer and her husband did it!  They used Curio on the decking and Farmhouse White on the rails and spindles.


It ended up taking 5 lbs of Farmhouse White and 10 lbs of Curio (it is a big deck!)  It was then all finished with two gallons of Hemp Oil.

And here’s how it turned out…


I mean, why did I ever doubt?  I’ve said it time and again that milk paint is the absolute best paint for raw wood and this is a great example of that.

It soaks in like  stain and it stays put!


So, now I need to find the time to paint my deck…

Thanks for blazing the trail, Jennifer!


  1. Beverley

    I’m thinking of doing this with my deck. Do you know the ratio of milk paint to water that was used?

  2. Lisa Proctor

    I hope you will be able to post updates about how it holds up over a year or two or three. It’s a very appealing idea!

    Regarding cost, I wonder how milk paint would compare with traditional stain over a longer period of time. Stain does need to be sanded and redone every so often and, if the milk-paint-and-hemp-oil last longer, would the price even out? I hope someone works that one out and post it too 🙂

  3. Kim

    Wow, beautiful results! We just redid our deck with Sherwin Williams and I would have much rather used milk paint but wasn’t aware that it would hold up to the elements and the brutal sun. Would love to know how this weathers and what the maintenance requirement and cost is. Thanks for the post!

  4. Joanne

    I would love to know…how much is 5 pounds of Milk Paint! I have a front and back deck to do…probably 300 sf of deck altogether

  5. Sarah Irvin

    Hi! Just curious how this is holding up?? Have a smaller area I was thinking of trying it out on. This is beautiful!!!

  6. Anna

    As most of you probably know the history of milk paint, it was used by settlers on barns and farm structures which sat in the full sun. They made their own recipe to save costs, which included oil. Because the color lasts for a long time, I am itching to try this on the deck. My concern on the deck floor boards would be how it holds up to shoes, kids, furniture, grill, etc. It would be nice to hear from the Hoffmans on how their deck is holding up.


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