Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Milk Can House Numbers

My brother-in-law stopped by with this milk can a couple of weeks ago, asked if I wanted it, and said that he would like to see what I came up with. I hope he approves.


I chose to paint our house numbers on it. I used my Silhouette to create a stencil out of vinyl, I had planned to use contact paper; but I guess I ran out. For anyone considering a digital craft cutter for vinyl, paper and cardstock; I would suggest checking out the Silhouette. It hooks up to my computer and can cut any font that I can download along with tons of designs. I LOVE MY SILHOUETTE!


I scrubbed the milk can a bit, no need to rough it up with sandpaper; it was rough enough already. I chose to paint it Satin Black, so it would stand out against our house. 


This is the kind of weeding I like, I have always planned to get the fun tools to do this; 
but a sharp paring knife works so of course, I haven't.


I masked the can off, so the paint wouldn't overspray. Then I used my fun spray outside and run back in with the project technique. I am sure that anyone driving by would wonder what in the world I am doing running in and out of my house and 10:30 at night. This time I went fast enough and didn't end 
up with any wrinkles from the cold in my paint.


I left it inside for a couple of days to make sure that it was really dry, and then took it outside where it will likely stay. I don't love taking pictures of my house in the winter, but this summer it will look great with flowers all around. The milk can has already made it through a couple of snowstorms and still looks great.




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10 comments:

  1. I love this idea!! I do the same paint and run game - your not the only crazy one :)

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  2. I want you to know I am not on a search for one of these that I can make over - lol!! You got me hooked

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  3. That looks great! What a fantastic idea! :)

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  4. I found you through Twice Remembered... and I really like your creations. The milk can reminds me of my childhood when people were throwing them away right and left, can you believe that? I also have a Silhouette, and I love it. Haven't used it much because there are so many other things to accomplish first. Sigh. Keep up the good work!

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  5. My neighbor has one that she said I could have, but I just hadn't figured out what to do with it yet. Great idea!

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  6. What a great idea!! It turned out great!!


    Found you through someone else's blog, now following. =)

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  7. I love it!! I have fond memories of old milk cans sitting around my grandparents farm. What a great way to keep something that has a little bit of nostalgia to it :)

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  8. What a great idea! When we were little our neighbor gave my brother and I each a milk can from the Hershey factory. My brother sold his years ago, but I keep mine. He just moved into a cottage and was so sad he didn't keep his. I gave mine to him as a house warming gift. He wasn't sure what to do with it. I am going to share this with him...this would look great on his front porch! Hope you find this comment :)
    Wendy

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  10. Great idea! I have a rusty milk can I've been looking to re-purpose. This is a perfect solution! Thanks

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