I purchased this milk jug a couple years back when rust really grabbed my attention. Rustic outside the farm works but when I brought this piece indoors it just wasn’t happening. It looked dark and not very inviting.
So, I took it back outside and let it sit next to a couple planters for years until the other day inspiration sparked and decided, “why not lighten it up?”
The jug base is covered in rust and it was label free which made me feel better about covering with paint. The first thing I did was wash down the entire exterior and interior finish with the garden hose and let it air dry outdoors.
This took a couple of hours because I kind of got busy with something else.
Painting was such a breeze, have you ever dry brush painted? Well let me tell you with chalk paint it’s a really fun technique that offers fast results that turn out pretty amazing.
- First begin with a cheap paint brush, no kidding nothing fancy.
- Painting the bottom by flipping the container upside down.
- Once covered and dry, turn over and continue applying light strokes that present an unfinished look over the entire milk jug.
- Strokes can cross over one another but really there is no right or wrong way to do this and why I begin with the bottom first for practice.
I painted inside the rim because I wasn’t really sure what I would be putting inside. I like this finish because the dark rust still seeps through.
After I was finished my first thought was, “It’s too white!”
This led me to Hobby Lobby where I found some fun brown wired ribbon. It came in several colors so I may go back and get something like a festive red for Christmas.
The ribbon was added by tying a tight knot around the front and that’s when I smiled because that little bit of brown really toned down the white.
Since cleaning out the home and I mean really downsizing it has started to look pretty bare inside. This project was about taking a moment to spruce up the fireplace we don’t use by adding fall details with this vintage jug.
I went pretty basic orange with pumpkins and table clothes my grandma made years ago. Sticks came from the farm and after a few minutes of enjoying this simple display it finally felt like fall.
What I learned from this project is you can take just about anything you’ve had for years and make it new again. It’s been several years since I decorated for fall indoors and it was pretty fun.
I bet if you go through those closets where treasures are hidden you may also find something to spruce up that would be enjoyable for your home; maybe you even have a vintage milk jug?