Vintage Milk Can Restoration

How often do you see those beautiful vintage milk cans around and think you’d love to have one in your house?

All the time? Me too!

A few weeks ago I finally broke down and purchased one. The milk can was in a state of disrepair, but it was the right price! My original goal was to restore it and keep it in the kitchen for dirty linens. After we brought it home I realized that this baby wasn’t going to open…at all. But that’s OK, plans change sometimes.

Using a vintage milk can is a great way to add some side-table space to a small area. They're great for setting a drink down or holding a candle. Read on for tips & tricks on restoring a vintage milk can! /// by Atkinson Drive



  1. says

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. cheers

    • says

      I used spray paint. There’s a link above to the Rustoleum primer I used, and once that dried, I just used a silver spray.

    • says

      If the paint is chipping badly, you should remove the parts that are loose before painting. I would sand it down just to try and smooth it out after that. But, if the paint is in good condition I would just leave it.

  2. Brittani says

    Does the primer spray cover up the original wording on the can?

    Also if you don’t mind me asking how much did you get yours for? I want to make sure I am getting a good deal for one.

    • says

      It doesn’t cover up the raised print, but it does cover the paint.
      Honestly, I don’t remember how much I paid – but I know it was under $25.

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