Aug 26, 2013

Rustic Wedding Milk Can Decor

Last month I received the following email about this old milk can I faux painted last year:

I was so thankful to find your blog post about up-cycling those old milk jugs. I was able to tackle that project this weekend. I am using these for my rustic style wedding and then afterward in my flower beds. I am sooooo thrilled with how they turned out and can't wait to see them with flowers in them. Thank you so much for your inspiration! I have attached before and after pics for you! :)

 Here is Kenzie's before photo.

And this is Kenzie's after photo. Didn't she do a great job?

 Just about the nicest thing that can happen to me as a blogger is to receive an email like Kenzie's telling me she was inspired by my blog post to try something new. And the frosting on the cake? Pictures!

Here's the background on my original milk can project post:

I received this old milk can last year from my husband (you can read about that here) and decided to try painting it. I was aiming for a rusty crusty finish.

   And this is how it turned out.

I was really happy with it, and my milk can now sits next to my potting bench out in my garden. I was also happy to find out that a lot of other people want rusty crusty milk cans, and it's been a popular post.

I'm thrilled that Kenzie shared her idea for filling her old milk can with flowers at her rustic style wedding.  I think it will be just charming, don't you? (You can also visit Kenzie's wedding blog here where I hope she'll post more photos of her milk can on her big day.) 

 Best wishes on your upcoming nuptials, Kenzie!

 If you're interested in painting your old milk can, too, you can read about the painting products and faux painting process I used in my tutorial here.  


  1. Nice finish! I have a milk can too I use for my umbrellas, I'll keep this in mind when I decide to re-finish it. thanks!

  2. love the rusty look on the edges of the milk can. Can't wait to go see the wedding blog. I love rustic farm weddings...if the bride wears cowboy boots under her white gown, so much the better! I'm having fun looking at some of your old posts, love your blog.

  3. I have an old milk can too and it is totally rusty. I've been trying to decide what to do with it...I like how yours looks. How nice to have someone share from your inspiration !

  4. Oh, that is very clever. It looks marvelous with that "vintage look" after the painting. Glad she worked on hers just like you did it.

  5. Just like Sharon says, I too need a milk can.

  6. That was so nice of Kenzie to let you know about using your blog for her inspiration! I suspect there are many more you don't know about. Chalk that one up as a blogger success!

  7. My sister has an old milk can. She had it blasted with walnut shells (professionally) so now it looks like it did the day it was made. I always find it funny how they used walnut shells instead of sand.

  8. What wonderful thing Laurel. To know that your blog touched someone and they used your technique for such a special thing!


  9. Love your milk cans! You did an excellent job. Beautiful finish!

  10. Wow, great job with the finish! I want an old milk can too! They seem hard to find nowadays.

  11. THe finish is unreal. Looks like it has always been that way. So well done Laurel!


  12. 30/5000
    Hello! How did you get that look?

    1. There is a link to the tutorial in the post above.


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