Monday, April 5, 2010

House numbers

Recently, Steffany over at Out of the Chaos took an old milk can and remade it into a way to display house numbers. You can click here to see her post.

I was totally inspired and searched high and low for an old milk can.

The only one that I could find was at Goodwill and they wanted $25 for it.

I had no idea that old milk cans went for that much.

But, even though I wanted to copy Steffany an old milk can, I just couldn't bring myself to spend $25 on one.

But then I remembered an old, heavy metal container that I had sitting back by the barn.

Here a picture of it in it's sad state of neglect.

About 10 years ago, while in the middle of no where, my dad came across an old abandoned trailer. In it was a bunch of large, heavy, metal, military looking containers full of dried food.

My dad found one full of wheat and brought it home just for me.

Maybe I'm kinda picky, but the thought of using the wheat...to eat...sorta gave me the heebie geebies.

Cuz, I don't know exactly what kind of environment it had been stored in.

Unfortunately yet not really unfortunate, my kids opened the container and the wheat got water in it.

If you think it was heavy before, just try and pick it up after the wheat got wet...and then molded.

But, when I asked Corey to empty it so I could paint it, he mentioned that he would just get out the tractor, load it up in the bucket and go empty it on the burn pile.

And, I realize that we now sound like rednecks.

I can live with that.

So...Corey emptied it and Joseph sprayed it down for me.

I got it all painted and the house numbers added.

It's still heavy as heck but I'm lovin the end result.

Plus...it didn't cost me a dime!

Thanks Stef, for the inspiration.



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52 comments:

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Oh don't get me started on the high prices the thrift stores are charging these days! A year or two ago, before the economy got so bad (and bloggers made thrifting "cool"), the thrift stores were practically having to give their stuff away.

Anyway...love the fact you got creative and came up with a really fantastic solution instead of buying an over-priced milk can. Your version came out great! :)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

wow! I love that! It looks super cute! You did a great job.
Thanks for visiting and commenting on my cupcake plate!
have a great week.
gail

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

It's fabulous!!! I do have an old milk can. I think I might have to give this a try. But I love your container probably better. And I love the story that went with it. I laughed at the redneck part. Too funny.

Mari said...

This looks beautiful...I'm gonna have to search the attic and see if I have anything to do this with. Great job!

Audra said...

I am with Shari on the outrageous prices thrifts are charging these days. I still do better at yard sales, however they are getting pricey as well.

Frugal Score! Excellent use of Reuse, Reduce, Recycle in motion. I love the look of this lovely container and it is every bit if not more chic than a milk can!

Jane said...

I really like how this project turned out. Great use of the metal container that you had. The black paint job and numbers look fantastic.
Jane

Amanda said...

"Redneck" is only a derogatory word if you want it to be! I'm one, too! =) Your can turned out great!

Mimi said...

I love your creative house numbered metal container. It looks great!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm lovin' your thrifty can...it looks great! I have a old milk can in my kitchen and I have been trying to get around to it and put the year that we marrried...now after seeing yours...I'm going to getit done ASAP!

Blessings,
Linda

rachel said...

I love it, Becks!!

A Cottage Muse said...

This looks wonderful! Love the black and white! So glad I stopped by!!

Creations By Cindy said...

What a great transformation! Be blessed. Cindy

Cottage Dreamers said...

That is such a good idea! It looks great! I don't blame you for not wanting to eat the wheat. My wild imagination would make it seem a little iffy and I'd be waiting for kids to start keeling over after a few bites! Ha!
☺ Celeste

the momma said...

That looks GREAT! Came out so pretty--I may have to steal your, I mean Stefany's, idea! Oh, and I totally agree on the thrift shop thing! WAAAAYYYY overpriced--last time I went I couldn't stop laughing at what looked like a RAG towel you'd use to wash the car hanging on a hanger with a $2 price tag!!! COME ON!!!

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

absolutely delightful! I can’t wait to do something like this! I hopped over from A Soft Place to Land and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and I hope you’ll do the same. until later…

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

I am SHOCKED at some of the prices in Goodwill these days! If I wanted to pay FULL price I would just buy in a regular store. LOL LUUURVE your new numbers. It is AWESOME! And a great job on repurposing an item on hand. Inventive!

Mayra, mommy to Pooh Bear said...

That looks amazing compared to the before! Great job!!

Now following your blog. =)

Rachel Lynn said...

I have to keep that in mind for our new house. I can just picture it sitting on the porch. (Of the house that hasn't even been built yet, lol)

Allison Shops said...

Don't you just hate to find things over priced! I was at my favorite antique store today, and left empty handed. You did a great job painting your rations container!

Be sure to visit AtticMag this week to register for our giveaway.

Allison

Anita said...

I am so loving this idea...you totally rocked it! GREAT WORK!

Cindy Geilmann said...

That is so cool. You clever person, make do with what you have. I need to do that.

come visit me
cindy@stitches

Debbie said...

I love that project! you did a great job, and there is no way anyone is stealing that can!~

Rosewood Cottage said...

such an awesome project - it turned out beautifully! :)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Oh -- this post was so enjoyable. You had me laughing. Your father brought you the wheat!!! I wouldn't even know what to do with wheat. That's so funny. I want to be a redneck too!!!!

What a creative use for the metal container. Your letters are absolutely perfect...right size, right color, right font. Looks like something you may have custom ordered and paid a small fortune for.

Thank you so much for sharing your project on the boardwalk Bragfest.

bj said...

OMGosh....girl....this is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I LOVE IT. and don'tchaknow...I WANT ONE, TOO. :)

bj said...

Are these vinyl numbers? and where do I find some? Craft store?
Thanks...

Debra@Common Ground said...

Looks great, and I LOVE the numbers!

kathi @ traybella said...

looks amazing! love that you used what you had. ;)
kathi

clustres said...

Love this project! I'm going to post a do with house numbers soon that I just did on antique ceiling tin.
Thanks,
Pam

BailiwickStudio said...

That container is huge! No wonder it was so heavy. From the earlier photos I pictured it about a foot high or so! I think it looks wonderful in it's new repurposing! ::Jill

Amy said...

Oh it turned out so lovely,
What a great front porch number!
AMy

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Just Love It~

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh it looks great.
Hope you will pop along & visit my White Wednesday post.
love
Alison
x

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

If I had a dime for every time I sounded like a redneck... okay enough of that! I love the numbers!! I am so doing the milk can thing! I have two of them on either side of my door already painted black. I just need a kick in the pants to paint the numbers!

Nike said...

Oh I am in love. I'm kind of obsessed with numbered anything right now and may have to start searching for something milk-can-ish to spray paint.

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Love it! It's very industrial cool! ...and I'm a number freak! Thanks for sharing, Theresa

Life in Rehab said...

Oh, total shout out! You did a sweet job, and the price tag is perfect!

Rose said...

Becky,
Love your version of the house numbers! Great story too. We definitely do better if we re-use the things we have before going out to buy new, and this proves it.
BTW, milkcans around here, still 5 bucks. Or free like the last one I picked up at the curb.
Guess I wont be moving soon!
Thanks for your kind comment on my post. Glad your husband found it funny too!
Rose

Kim said...

This looks so sharp, good for you for remembering you had it and putting it to such decorative use.

Fawnda said...

That is SO COOL! I. LOVE. IT! Great job!

Always Nesting said...

Yeah, that's one cool painted can.

Bubba said...

Your posts are so entertaining! I love that you used something you already had and made something so unique. Great job!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very nice!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Way to improvise! I LOVE extra address decor & that container is just so interesting too. Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

Casual (dash) Cottage said...

Sounds Redneck?...sounds normal to me, so I guess that means...

Oh well, I think that you took something Super ordinary and absolutely useless... and made it into something practical and pretty!

I like the way it looks.
You done good for a Redneck! ha!

slommler said...

Oh I love this! I am needing house numbers displayed out front and something like this would be perfect! Thanks so much!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Liz said...

Very cool! How did you put the numbers on? Do I need to click over to the other blog for directions?
Thanks for sharing!
~Liz@HoosierHomemade

FrouFrouBritches said...

I with ya on the wheat girl! I wouldn't have used it either. EEEEWW! The metal can looks AWESOME after cleaning it up. love the numbers. So cool!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

I love this. It turned out so great! I love that you were so creative and took something you already had and turned it into something similar to what you wanted. Its darling! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft!

Lisa B. said...

I am in agreement with Shari, thrift store prices have sky rocketed around here!

I love your makeover on the can. Great job.

Chocolate Sundaes said...

Love this!!! Thanks for linking up at iheartnaptime.blogspot.com. Come back again this Sat. Can't wait to see what else you have!

Lacy @ Catholic Icing said...

I love this!! I'm looking for a way to display our street number all cute, too. 9 kids, huh? I only have 3 and everyone here acts like I'm insane when I go out in public! I don't bother to tell them my husband is one of 7 ;-)