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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.
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Skill Level: Intermediate


FolkArt ® Painted Finish Kit - Rust
Item #5066
Create a vintage, time-worn look with FolkArt’s Carded Rust Painted Finishes Kit. FolkArt Painted Finishes are a great way to elevate your decor projects. Transform the look of your projects using these creative finish options. Add rustic, but contemporary, flair to your indoor or outdoor decor pieces with these easy to use, non-toxic paint finishes. Since they can be used on a variety of surfaces, including wood, metal, terra cotta, or plastic, the finish options are almost endless.


FolkArt ® Painted Finishes - Brush Set, 3 pc.
Item #5080
Get the most out of your FolkArt Painted Finishes projects with this three-piece brush set. Ideal for thick or textured paint, these flag-tipped brushes have natural bristles designed for maximum hold and smooth application. Whether you’re creating a concrete look on a terra cotta pot or adding decorative moss to a lawn ornament, these brushes give you high quality results. Excellent for a wide variety of home decor and painted finishes projects, these 1 inch brushes are reusable and clean up easily with soap and water.


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.
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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.

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