But every once in awhile, I get an idea. A light bulb goes off and I think "that can't be so hard, even for me."
Our house is a 2-story with kind of a weird upstairs. Actually, my whole house is kind of odd, but that's what you get for a house built in the early 1900's. We have a very small landing at the top of our stairs that opens to a very skinny hallway leading you to our bedrooms. This landing is not grand in any way, but I wanted to add a little something to make it feel cozy, rather than just be cozy.
An old milk can was what I had in mind, with some stuff coming out of the top. You know, branches, some flowers, and whatnot. Stuff.
This was just an idea until I finally decided to go to my favorite antique shop in town. It's in an old train station, and I always know they'll have what I'm looking for.
Favorite store did not disappoint! They had no fewer than three old milk cans. The first one I spotted looked pretty rough, so I kept looking. The other two had lids on them that would not come off, and were $30 & $40 each. No bueno.
I went back to the first one. $12. Now that's a price I can dig.
|Meet my new friend.|
This sad little gal has obviously seen some better days. It looks like someone tried to paint it a silver metallic color, and under that was green and an ugly red rust color. Under that was actual rust. Lovely. There's also a few small holes in the sides, but what do I care about holes? I'm not filling it with milk.
So after a frustrating day at work, I came home and went to town on the can. I started with a wire brush, getting the big paint chunks off. Then hubby lent me his electric sander and I made a huge mess. But I got most of the old paint off! I had to go back in with sand paper to get in the smaller crevices and on the handle.
Then I bought a bottle of Rust-Oleum Metallic finish and Rust-Oleum clear coat. I ended up doing about 2 1/2 coats of the spray paint, and 2 coats of the clear to seal it up. I bought some pretty Fall-ish foiliage to go in it, and voila!