I love vintage milk cans!
Here is my vintage milk can #1. It has a wonderful all rust patina, and is a perfect accessory in my junk gardens...
I also used it here in my outdoor Christmas vignette.
This is my milk can #2. This milk can has spent some time under my covered patio so it's a little less rusty than milk can #1, but equally at home in the garden...
Or, in a fall outdoor vignette.
At the right of the potting bench is my vintage milk can #3. This can was spray painted gold with blue trim when I found it. Now that it has weathered, I like it much better.
Here is my vintage milk can #4. It's just the top! I purchased it at a garage sale for $2.
This is milk can #5. I got this old can from my neighbors at the end of 2013, and it will be new to my gardens and vignettes in 2014.
This is milk can #6, and also new to me. Besides a little dust, this 2 gallon can has a country paint job. It is an honest to goodness milk can, just smaller than the others. It is marked Security.
I really would have preferred the milk can to be unpainted, but rather stripping the paint, I opted to repaint it. First with a light gray latex base coat, and then a coat of Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in Old White.
Rather than sanding to distress the can, I used a wet rag sanding/distressing technique that I found here (and on several other blogs too). This technique would allow me to have a distressed paint finish without sanding and possibly sanding off my gray base coat revealing the old gold paint layer.
This is how my first attempt at wet rag sanding turned out. It really was pretty easy.
I then chose this milk cap graphic from Knick of Time Interiors for a milk can label. I used the Mod Podge image transfer method from Homeroad to add the label to the milk can.
The label is in place and it's time to wax with clear wax and then dark wax.
I will be using this milk can indoors since I painted it with chalk paint and paste waxed it. I'm glad I tried the wet sanding technique and that I have two additional milk cans!