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Kate & Co. gives furniture a fresh finish

Chalk and milk paint revitalizes furniture

Why Chalk and Milk Paint?

While many people shop for name-brand paint when tackling a furniture or cabinet revamp project, Kate Baldukas, the owner of Kate & Co., finds that Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint offer better solutions than traditional paint.

Baldukas says these products are meant for furniture. Compared to latex paint, she says chalk and milk paints don’t require prep work and a coat takes 20 minutes to dry. Plus, both are odorless, better for the environment and safer to use.

While both achieve similar looks, Baldukas says they are structurally different. Milk paint requires equal parts water and the paint powder while chalk paint is pre-mixed. Milk paint seeps into raw wood to create a stain and has softer shades, she adds. Chalk paint can create similar effects on any surface but with brighter tones. 

Kate & Co. offers 30 milk paints and more than 36 Chalk Paints. Baldukas’ team offers color suggestions so individuals can complete projects on their own. “Every time someone comes in, it kind of inspires us,” Baldukas says. “It requires a lot of listening to the colors [and] understanding color value to help someone pick a good color.”


Chalk It Up: Kate & Co. is one of the few licensed stockists of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in the Madison area. Paint everything from a kitchen table (center) and metal to floors and pillow cases. $13.75-$38.95

Milking It: Only made of five ingredients, Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint often results in a natural, aged look. $28

Time to Distress: Use sanding pads to distress paint, a process that imitates an antique look with created wear and tear. $11

Aged to Perfection: Antiquing wax over a coat of milk paint finishes any piece with a vintage vibe. $34.95

Clean Up Afterward: After a day of painting, clean off a brush by scrubbing it down on a brush soap disc. $12.95

Protect the Paint: With a black, white, dark or clear wax, add shine while increasing durability for years to come. $17-$19

Kate & Co.
375 E. Main St., Sun Prairie, 318-2828

Maija Inveiss is digital content editor of Madison Magazine.

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