Vintage Milk Can Restoration DIY


We bought two milk cans to go with our 1870s farm house.  They needed a lot of work and were a little rusty. Check out how I did this vintage milk can restoration with a little elbow grease and pain.  A big thanks to Rust-Oleum for sending me paint to complete this project.

Take your vintage milk can and restore it with these milk can restoration tips. If you have a rusty milk jug you can refinish it. - eattravellife.com

What you’ll need:
Rust-Oleum primer white paint
Rust-Oleum white paint (or paint color of your choice)
wire brush
wool
heavy duty stripping pad (found in paint section)
paper & tape

vintage milk can restoration

You will want to take your wire brush and  remove all the  any lose rust and paint.

Take the wool and stripping pad and use to remove any additional lose paint.  You want to get the milk can as smooth as you can.  It doesn’t have to be perfect (unless you want it perfect).  You can use sand paper as well if you want, with a finer grit.

Wipe down the milk jug to remove any dust before painting.

Take your vintage milk can and restore it with these milk can restoration tips. If you have a rusty milk jug you can refinish it. - eattravellife.com

Paint the milk jug with the primer paint to cover the entire milk can.  You may want to apply 2 coats.

Once the paint is dry, use your primary color and paint the milk can (we used white).  I applied 3 coats of paint to the milk can.

Our milk can, I wanted to restore how it looked originally, so I got blue paint that was similar in color to the top and bottom edge.

Use paper and tape to masked off so just the bottom edge would be painted blue.  I applied 2 coats of blue paint to the top and bottom.

Remove the paper and touch up any white areas that may have gotten blue.

Take your vintage milk can and restore it with these milk can restoration tips. If you have a rusty milk jug you can refinish it.

Once dry you will have taken your vintage milk can and given it new life.

What color will you paint your milk can?

old milk can


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