Taking a vintage milk can off the farm and giving it a new purpose as a side table to use in your living room, bedroom, guest room, entryway or on your porch.

 

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Time: 4 Days Difficulty: Medium

 

repurposing vintage milk can to a side table, painted furniture
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Step 1: Prep your milk can for paint. Spray the milk can with a vinegar/water 50/50 mix solution and wipe away any loose rust, dirt, and grime. Let dry.

 

repurposing vintage milk can to a side table, painted furniture
Step 2: Choose your paint color of choice and add to the bottle of a spray gun. We find using a spray gun gives you even coverage. For this example we are using our Case IH red paint.
Step 3: With a stencil trace an 18″ round circle on your slab of wood. Cut your table top out with a jig saw. To round your edges use your router. We use our palm sander to smooth out the edges.
Step 4: Select your stain color of choice to stain the wood top. For this example we use an espresso stain.
Step 5: Seal your wood top with a polyurethane to protect it from any scratches, dings, dents, and spills. On the side that will be your top add a second coat of polyurethane.
Step 6: Center your table top on your milk can and secure with 3 braces – evenly space them apart.

 

repurposing vintage milk can to a side table, painted furniture
You’re finished! The paint tends to bring out the lettering in the can that sometimes can be hard to read with the rust and dirt- -This is one of my favorite things to see with a finished can. Now your table is ready for any room in your home or on your front porch.

 

repurposing vintage milk can to a side table, painted furniture
To BUY this vintage side table, click here

 

repurposing vintage milk can to a side table, painted furniture
Here is how our top turned out.
The overall project takes around 3-4 days to complete. Having to give layers of paint, stain, and polyurethane coats time to dry – as directed on the cans.

Materials I used for this project:

Vintage milk can

Wood – for top

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Paint

Braces (3)

Polyurethane

Vinegar/Water Mix Solution

Screws (3)

Rags

Brushes

Spray Gun

Router

Jig Saw

Palm Sander