Lately, I’ve really been enjoying going to thrift shops and getting things to makeover. I have yet to find a piece of furniture I would like to get but I have been finding small decor items to redo. My house is a tad sparse with accessories and decor items. I have a few that I pick up here and there but I can’t bring myself to pay the prices in the stores for things. Especially if I think I can make them myself or makeover an older item. On one of my last trips to Goodwill, I found this little milk can. I’ve always wanted one for my kitchen and this looks like one I saw being sold at the craft stores at some point in time. I picked it up for an easy on the pocketbook 2.99.
My little milk can sat by the fireplace for a few days. During that time, I went to Walmart and found this awesome clearance in the paint section.
Yep! Chalk paint on clearance for 2.00 a bottle. How could I pass that up? I couldn’t, obviously, and I bought one of each color they had, plus the wax.
After debating on which color to use with my youngest daughter, we decided red would be good. Most of the stuff in the kitchen is white or black and red would give a little pop of color.
To remove the rust and rough up the surface of the milk can I used a coarse steel wool. Normally, steel wool doesn’t bother me using it but the coarseness of this one was a little different. So…note to self, wear gloves.
As soon as I started painting, I was scared because it was coming out a bright pink. I thought I had made a huge mistake, but it dried a bit darker. Plus I had the dark brown wax to add afterward to dull it down.
With two coats on it, I hit all the ridges and edges with a bit of sandpaper. Then I began to add the wax. Since the wax was also a brown colored wax, it gave the can a more rustic quality.
Once the wax dried, I was much happier with the look of it. I glued jute cord around the neck of the can.
I used my chalkboard vinyl and cut a tag for the front. Then I added a rivet to the tag and threaded some more of the jute through, and added a small crystal to hang in front of that for an embellishment.
I still didn’t like the heart on it and turned it to the back.
Between my chicken and now this milk can I am totally hooked on thrift stores and makeovers. It is so much fun, especially knowing you can personalize something to your space.
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