How To Transform Milk Cans For The Popular Farmhouse Look

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Hi!  These ceramic milk cans were from yet another successful thrift store run.  Peggy was with me and she spotted the first one then we looked around for others that were similar.  The key is make sure they are smooth.  The exception was the word MILK.  That was perfect.  But if there are geese or flowers and they are raised, you won’t really be able to ever get rid of that design.  These were perfect.

 

Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

Transforming the Milk Cans

This is how these guys looked when we found them.

 

Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

Seriously?  I would never take these home and use them “as is” but look beyond the ugly.  Remember, Peggy told me that when she found this Farmhouse Fresh Wood and Metal “Vase”.  It really is great advice when you are in the thrift store.  Most things in there are horribly ugly.  That is why they are there in the first place.  You have to look beyond that into what they could be.

The farmhouse look made popular by the HGTV show Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines is still going strong and they sell this sort of decor in their shop.  I got these two pieces for $2 I think and used a little paint to make them super cute and perfect for my farmhouse kitchen in the making.

The Painting Process

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I like the distressed look and most of the farmhouse pieces include some distressing and chippy-ness.  In order to achieve the look I needed to be able to sand off the top layer of paint and reveal a color underneath.  I usually choose black as my base color.  This was Rust Oleum black paint/primer.

I painted both milk cans with the black spray paint first.

 

Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

They are still wet in the above photo so they look really shiny.

When the black paint was completely dry, I brushed on a couple of layers of white, gave them a light sanding for some of the black paint to show through then sprayed a glossy clear coat on top.  I used Fusion Lamp White for this step.

The Final Farmhouse Look

This is how they came out.  They are so perfect and I am pleased as punch!

 

Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

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Thrift Store Ceramic Milk Cans - www.michellejdesigns.com - I turned these ceramic milk cans into decor for my kitchen. They are now the perfect farmhouse look that is so popular now!

 

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

 

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12 Comments

  1. Sue

    Just wow Michelle. It’s true I’d walk right past these or at least the one with the picture on it and now, OMG you made them so special and really, perfect Farmhouse look milk cans to die for! Love your idea to paint black and then white and sand off a bit. Another winning how to and transformation that I admire.

    20 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Sue. My friend Peggy really has a great eye for finding these awesome (ugly) things that we know can be great! It is a fun shopping time for sure.

      20 . 12 . 2016
  2. Nancy Janssen

    The milk cans are pretty adorable, Michelle. Lots of uses for them in the kitchen! I also have a scale, very similar to yours, in blue. Don’t we have great taste?!

    20 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      We do have great taste. It makes me feel good that we have similar things because your house is always so pretty and nice!

      20 . 12 . 2016
  3. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    You really made yourself the cutest little accessories for your kitchen!! Love the color and how they look farmhouse from the very beginning. Well done! Merry Christmas!

    20 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie! My kitchen is coming along but still has a long way to go!

      20 . 12 . 2016
  4. Peggy

    Seriously, I freaking LOVE how these turned out. You’re making me feel like I have a good eye for thrifting!

    20 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      That is because you DO have a good eye for thrifting!!! Thanks for helping me out and thanks for the comment too. You are the best!

      21 . 12 . 2016
  5. Bonnie Whitney

    Another neat idea! Have to agree I would have walked right past those!! I agree Peggy has a good eye!!

    27 . 12 . 2016
    • Michelle

      She really does! Hi Bonnie. I really love the way they came out and as soon as she pointed them out to me in the store I had this vision in my head. It was another fun project!

      27 . 12 . 2016
  6. Michelle James

    Wow!! What a great update! I love the milk one so much & your photos are beautiful!

    23 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Michelle. I am really working on taking better photos. I am so glad you like them. These were so hideous before I started and I was really happy with the outcome!

      23 . 02 . 2017

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