Thrifted Milk Can Makeover

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.

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover

It looks pretty bad. It has some gross stuff slopped on the side and I hate the heart in the middle.

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.

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover

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.

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover

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.

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover

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.

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover

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.

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover

Once the wax dried, I was much happier with the look of it. I glued jute cord around the neck of the can.

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover

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.

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover at

I still didn’t like the heart on it and turned it to the back.

Thrifted Milk Can Makeover at

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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This Post Has 19 Comments
  1. Hi Kileen,
    Just looking at some of the projects on Sweet Inspiration and yours caught my eye; What a lucky find on the milk can! Like the repaint job!

  2. It looks lovely now!! Good luck on finding it, I’ve been looking for one for a while and can’t find it… yet.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration

  3. Kileen this is such a pretty makeover. I really like that deep red color that you were able to achieve. And the twine adds a little something extra. I too am a big fan of repurposing and thrifting, although in my country they don’t have many thrift stores. Visiting from Sweet Inspiration. I’ll be pinning and sharing your wonderful project.

  4. Kileen, Great job on the milk can. It is fun to see the complete transformation of an object with a bit of TLC. Love the red as I prefer bold bright colors. Sylvia D.

  5. I feel your pain on not finding furniture, Kileen. Every time I go I either can’t find something I like or what I do like is priced way higher than what I would like to spend. I love the milk can (and the price tag!) and I love what you did with it. Did roughing it up before painting work well? I have heard that a primer coat works better with the chalk paint, but I have yet to use chalk paint on a metal surface.
    Thanks so much for sharing to the Monday Mish Mash!

    1. Same here if I do find a piece of furniture I like it is out of my price range. It did work just fine with just roughing it up. Have a great week!

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