Rusty Milk Can Table

May 7th, 2011 in member junk     
patina+whimsy patina+whimsy, member
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This was my very first project!  I used an old milk can, along with some trim boards that were salvaged from a 100 year-old house that had been torn down from my Grandfather's farm.

I lightly sanded the rust from the exterior of the milk can to smooth it down a little & cleaned the inside out a bit by putting rocks in it & rolling it around.  I used polyurethane inside & outside to stop the rust from continuing.  I cut some trim boards for the top, using the plain ones as the base.  I sanded them some since the paint was chipping off quite a bit.  [Note:  Be sure to use a respirator mask when sanding anything with old paint just in case the paint is lead-based!!]  I used some wood glue to help secure the trim to the base.  I used finishing nails to attached the trim boards.  If you attempt something like this, make sure your nails are the right length so they don't go all the way through the table!!  You can use a punch to get the nails just below the wood surface.  In order to fill the nail holes, I used wood glue mixed with some of dust from sanding.  It worked well.

I made this specifically for a friend of mine, so I stenciled his birth date into the table top, found a license plate from the year he was born & added some rusty railroad nails, a skeleton key & an old faucet nozzle.

I didn't want to damage the milk can, so I was able to wire the table top to the can.  I added a piece of glass to the top to complete the project!


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, wood, furniture, country, fun, family room, living room, bedroom, entry, farm, table, office

Comments (4)

katyflamingo writes: How sweet! Posted: 11:24 am on June 7th
CottageElements writes: Sounds like you put a lot of love into this project. Like Alice said, I'm sure your friend was thrilled with their present! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Lani Posted: 11:58 am on May 11th
Bec4 writes: I have a milk can from my grandpa's farm and was just thinking yesterday that I need to do something with it--love this idea! Posted: 12:10 pm on May 8th
alicemom writes: I am sure your friend was pleased. Nice details.
Smiles, Alice Posted: 2:46 pm on May 7th
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