A few weeks back my neighbor, nnK, spotted some old milk cans that were being given away, so she grabbed them for me.
I feel like milk cans often come dangerously close to looking like bad 80’s decorating. Like if they are painted in a black and white cow hide pattern, or maybe with a goose or something on them.
But I think I was able to give these a bit of an update, and now they’d be perfect in the garden.
To start out, I scrubbed them up with some dishwashing soap and then left them to dry. Once dry, I sprayed all three of them with some clear, matte finish spray sealer to seal any remaining flaking paint and rust.
Next, I started with the black can and simply stenciled it with a stencil from Maison de Stencils and some Dixie Belle paint in Sawmill Gravy.
I moved on to the smaller, really rusty can. This time I used a white transfer from re.design with prima. This is just a section from their Beautiful Home transfer.
I recently discovered that quite a few of their transfers are being ‘retired’ and this is one of them. You may still be able to get it from a retailer who has it in stock, but once they are gone there will be no more.
The white really popped on that rusty can.
The final can had some great chippy remnants of green and blue paint. To dress it up a just a little, I added a section from one of my all time favorite transfers, Everyday Farmhouse.
Sadly, this transfer is being retired as well. Boo hoo. I’m definitely going to miss it. It added just the right touch to the final milk can.
For all three of the milk cans, I added another coat or two of the matte spray sealer after stenciling/adding a transfer. I wanted to give them just a little extra durability for use outside.
So, what do you think of my upgrades?
As always, thank you to re.design with prima, Dixie Belle Paint Co and Maison de Stencils for providing some of the products used on today’s projects.