Saturday, November 19, 2011

Straight out of the 80s


I was gifted with one of these milk cans with geese way back in 1989. Remember that blue and those geese? It has been rolling around in the garage forever so I decided to paint it.


So first I painted it black and then over that with white and sanded it in spots to show some wear but it looks anemic so I need some advice. What can I do to further age it? Give it a little more character. Should I rub on stain or something? I don't want it to be brown though if I use stain. Okay, so some of you do the best stuff so let me know how to distress it more.


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Kathy said...

Terrific milk can! You made me think of my mom! She had those geese - blue and white and all in her kitchen!
Hope you have a blessed weekend,
Kathy

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I am anxiously awaiting your advice responses. I have that same problem with painting over dark colors. Have a wonderful day sweet friend. Patty

Monica said...

I'm just glad you painted over the blue and the geese! My mom had the same in her kitchen.

What if you leave it as is, but add a big black number? or initial?

T's Daily Treasures said...

Yep, my kitchen used to be all about country blue and geese. Might still be if I hadn't come to Kuwait. Nothing country to be found here, that's for sure.

I had the same experience with Google some time back -- was blog hopping and next thing I know, my blog is gone. For about 10 minutes, I was dumbfounded, received a message that there was some unusual activity in my account and they would send me a code via my mobile. I hadn't given my mobile number before when requested -- I think it was just a way for them to have more information. It's been happening to a lot of folks -- kinda making the rounds it seems.

Thank goodness that's all it took to get things back up and running again.

Hope your day is great. Tammy

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Oh what a neat idea! I think I have one stashed in hubby's shop. Thanks Elaine! If you do use stain, just wipe most of it off, and work with it til you get it like you want it. You can also use dark wax to achieve pretty much the same results.

LANA said...

How about a green/turquoise stain or paint to give it the look of copper patina? I would also top it off with something round and use as an end table.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

turned out good, ready for this century!

Kris said...

Oh wow, love it. Use a wax, and wipe off til you get the look you want. I too was thinking table!!! Love it!!!

Comeca Jones said...

Ahhh I remember the ducks lol It was my pattern in the early years (for shame.) Great way to reuse it.

NanaDiana said...

You can take some darker paint and just water it down until it is like ink consistency. You brush it on (or wipe it on) and then quickly wipe it right back off. Use water based paint so that you can "wash" it off until you get it right. Once you like it..throw some paste wax on it to seal it. You can use those small bottles of acrylic paints. I usually use burnt umber for that "aged" look. A little bottle will do a ton of pieces.

Debbie Kay said...

I like it just the way it is! Imagine that.

Smiles,

Debbie

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

LOL...I laughed Elaine, my Mom had that geese one and i hated it then. I love your new fresh painted white one...very cool now!

Shug said...

Oh...this is cool.
If it were mine, I would do a light brownish stain and then I would sand it here and there to further antique it..Hope this helps.
shug

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I read all the thoughts and I love the idea of adding a number or initial....

notes of sincerity said...

Oh you lucky girl to have such a fun can! :o)
I have seen them painted in different colors. I think white tends to show off the things we wish couldn't be seen. :o) The one I fell in love with was painted a similar green as your background. :o)
I can't wait to see what you decide. :o) Maybe paint it a color and then paint a number on it with white??

Sweet .n. Simple said...

Awesome can! I like NanaDiana's advice. I think a beigey color would be nice with the distressed look. The number might be okay, too. I would tie some homespun on the handle ~ I am hopelessly prim:) Have fun whatever you do!!!

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I like the idea of painting on a couple of numbers...making them just a bit distressed or faded by slightly sanding the numbers once the paint dries.
Which reminds me, I've got an old milk can that my aunt gave me. It sits in the hallway holding umbrellas. It has been painted yellow and could really use a new paint job!!! Another project to add to my to-do list....sigh. Thanks Elaine!!

Robin said...

It looks like a lot of comments are saying what I was going to. I think it looks fine but I would add something (number, initial, transfer) and sand it so it looks aged. I always had one on my porch until I moved to FL. I must have painted it 5 or 6 times!

Robin
Robin Flies South

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful idea!Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

So glad the geese are gone. I have a red milk can just like yours. I saw this idea on a blog. Someone had decoupaged red toile fabric in the center section. I think I'm going to do something similar to mine, except I will use some red ticking fabric. Just an idea.

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Sounds like all great ideas.Can't wait to see what you decide.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Try some clear wax on it and then top with dark wax and buff off. I think a simple band of burlap around the middle with maybe one of those burlap roses attached would be pretty. Or book page flowers attached onto the burlap. I have a black one of these that I stenciled geese on in the 80's! It's one of my 'projects' waiting to be redone!

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