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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Homemade milk paint, garden insect guide app, frugal ways to lower food bills

Poor Man Survival

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ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

In trying times, too many people stop trying.
- Unknown


   One of my summer projects has been to restore an old four-door oak ice chest from 1900 which had been painted over several times with milk paint, once a popular and cheap way of covering wood.  Although I’ve stripped off the paint on the frame to bring out its oak wood, I’ve been thinking about repainting the doors with milk paint, giving the piece a two-toned look.


You can purchase milk paint online but ironically, it is more expensive than regular paint.  Here’s a DIY recipe I thought I’d share.


Today’s episode also includes several frugal ways to lower your food bill and an indoor vegetable garden plan which will increase your yield 250% , garden insect guide app and other money saving tips.



Make Your Own Milk Paint


 As the name suggests, milk is a principal ingredient in the material, acting as a binder for pigments the same way polymers do in latex paints and oils do in oil-based ones. People have been mixing milk paint for a long time; it has been found on artifacts dating to ancient Egypt, although it's perhaps most commonly associated with colonial-era furniture. The fact that the material doesn't give off noxious vapors (often called VOCs) accounts for its continued appeal within today's green building community. Craftspeople, meanwhile, value its saturated colors and translucent finish, which can be used to give wooden furniture, terra-cotta pots, and other textured surfaces an antique look.


You can't, however, simply mix milk with color pigment and spread it on the walls. The following recipe will yield enough paint to cover a bureau or other large furnishing.



·         Lemon

·         1 quart skim milk

·         Sieve

·         Cheesecloth

·         Dry color pigment or artists' acrylic paint


1.    Step 1

Mix the juice of a lemon with 1 quart of skim milk in a large bowl. Leave the mixture overnight at room temperature to induce curdling.

2.    Step 2

Pour it through a sieve lined with cheesecloth to separate the solid curds from the liquid whey. Add 4 tablespoons of dry color pigment (available at art-supply stores) to the curd; be sure to wear a mask, and stir until the pigment is evenly dispersed. Artists' acrylic paint also can be used in place of powdered pigment.

3.    Step 3

Add it one drop at a time, and stir constantly until you achieve the desired hue. Whether pigment- or acrylic-based, milk paint will spoil quickly, so it should be applied within a few hours of mixing. Rest assured, its sour smell will disappear once the paint dries. If you prefer, you can purchase milk paint rather than make it yourself.


Amazing indoor vegetable farm produces vegetables 250% faster than outdoor farming:

Garden Insects Guide App Download our free Garden Insects Guide app to find the answers to your pesky pest questions no matter where you are! Profiles of the most common bothersome and beneficial insects, complete with detailed illustrations, will help you ID what’s crawling and flying around your crops and decide how to handle them.


Top 3 Ways to Lower a Food Bill
For many of us, recent times have made us take a long, hard look at our food bill. After all, it's the one expense we typically have complete control over month after month. Here are three easy ways to lower the grocery bill, not just on food purchases, but on paper, cleaning and health & beauty products, as well. Read more.


Developing a Frugal Attitude
"Frugal" describes more than a way to spend (or not spend) money. Instead, frugal is an attitude that consequently allows people to spend less. A person who develops a frugal attitude will find themselves well placed to make wise financial decisions.

A few more goodies to take advantage of...




 When the farm is a lifestyle, not a way to earn a living:  hobby farming... Grow vegetables, fruits, flowers, and even mushrooms. Raise chickens, horses, llamas, bees, and more. Enjoy the bounty of self-sufficiency. Share and sell your goods locally at farmer's markets. Balance a professional career with an amateur agrarian life. You can enjoy this sustainable lifestyle, without losing your shirt, by funding your rural dream with an off-farm income.


Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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