Old milk can revitalized into something fun

My good friend from Mt. Pleasant, SC finally gave me this milk can about 2 years ago.  I had begged her for 3 years previously.  Shame on me for not fixing it up sooner after she was so sweet to give it to me.  I fixed one up like this back in 1973 for a Citadel cadet.  The milk cans are very hard to find.  This one dates back to the early 1900's.  This one is cast iron, not tin.

I made a pillow for the top to make it an extra sitting space in the apartment that my son shares with 3 other guys.  I told them I could make a table out of it, but they wanted to keep it plain and use it as a centerpiece or topic of discussion.  The apartment is close to the University of South Carolina.  It's cheaper to live off campus than on campus.  I never had anything this nice while going to college, or even after college before marriage...haha

I hand painted the while and black part of the "C" which stands for CAROLINA.  The gamecock is vinyl which I cut out using my Silhouette Cameo

I had already scraped a lot of rust off.  I was now brushed with naval jelly

close up, the pink stuff is naval jelly used to get more rust off

You can see the milk can over by the door


  1. Looks great! While not a fan of the Gamecocks, I do love their colors! :)

  2. The milk can looks amazing. My mom has one that she's had since I was a kid, but I had no idea they were hard to find. By the way, your son's apartment is amazing. The only apartment I ever had was in law school and I can assure you it did not look that nice. It had red carpet and a mishmash of not matching hand me downs.

  3. You did a fantastic job with that milk can! It looks awesome!

  4. Wow you've done a fabulous job on the milk can. A labor of love and a wonderful gift to treasure. Have a great hoilday.

  5. Cely
    Great job on the old milk can.
    Who knew they would be so hard to find. Not so long ago (well maybe 40 LOL) you could find them on any farm.
    The apt. is nicer than some I have had after marriage. lol

  6. Great conversion. It looks really heavy! What a fun project!

  7. What a magnificent job on this milk can, Cely! I'd love to have that in my home. Well, maybe not right now since it would be just one more thing to pack and move. lol But I love it anyway.

  8. Love this idea. I have two old milk cans from my husbands childhood farm. I will have to see if he will let me paint them! Hope all is well with you!

  9. Wow Cely you are amazing! I love what you did with this milk can. I bet your son loves it!

  10. Awesome job on the milk can, wow, I am wordless:O)!

  11. Well done! Nothing like making something new again. Is that their apartment? Wow! It's so nice and clean...I'm just used to guys being, well, not so clean.

  12. Wow, you did a fabulous job restoring the milk can!


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