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DIY Milk Can Decor

This DIY milk can decor project will look great on your front step or in your foyer.

At a Glance:

#6379 Skill Level: Intermediate Time:
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This project features these great brands:

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FolkArt ® Painted Finish Kit - Rust

Number Needed: 1 $0.00 $6.99
Item available exclusively at Walmart

FolkArt ® Painted Finishes - Brush Set, 3 pc.

Number Needed: 1 $0.00 $4.99
Item available exclusively at Walmart

Other Supplies

Metal milk pail, Brush Basin or container of water, Foam plate, Paper towels, Distilled white vinegar


  1. Prepare metal by washing the new metal surface in warm, soapy water; allow to thoroughly dry. Moisten a paper towel or soft cloth with distilled white vinegar and wipe over surface then allow to dry. This will promote better paint adhesion when applying FolkArt Painted Finishes Rust.
  2. Pour a small amount Dark Rust onto a foam plate and load the Shortie Brush with a generous amount.
  3. Apply Dark Rust to the edges of the metal milk pail using a dabbing motion to create texture. Continue applying Dark Rust in areas that would naturally rust with time. Let dry completely.
  4. Add Light Rust to the foam plate and apply it over Dark Rust in strategic areas as a highlight.
  5. While Light Rust is still wet, lightly spray with water while holding project upright. The water will move the Light Rust creating the illusion of a rusted drip. Allow to dry.


  • If you don't have a mist spray bottle, simply wet the Shortie Brush with water and touch the wet FolkArt Painted Finishes Rust paint by dabbing the surface. The extra water on the brush will moisten the paint enough to create drips.
  • FolkArt Painted Finishes can be used on decorative surfaces both indoors and outdoors such as rust painted metal planters filled with succulents.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.