Painted Milk Can with A Summer Scene

 This Painted milk can features a nice summer scene with Hummingbirds and a Bluejay.


This was then..but now it's a blended green
This was then..but now it’s a blended green

img_2647Several weeks back one of my dad’s cousins asked me if I would paint a milk can. I said yes to the project and the challenge.

The vintage milk can is in really good condition so it was not necessary to spend a lot of time sanding the milk can.

After the sanding was finished the can was spray painted to prime the surface as well as to provide a sealant.

I could not decide what to paint on the can but Denis shared with me what their idea for the scene was: and I said yes.


sealed and primed
sealed and primed

The next coat of paint unified the color of the surface.                                     I had used up some partial cans of spray paint that might not have covered over sufficiently if left as it was. Zinsser primer is what was used to cover the three base colors .

img_2713    Then I mixed a light yellow- green to provide a background for the painting. This was dabbed on using a 2 1/2” long bristle brush ( a standard paint brush from Walmart).

img_2722    This is how the background looks when completed.


Next, I started to base in the fence posts.

img_2931     I did not have a scene in mind as yet so I just started painting and would build it as it as I went.


img_3015  Knowing that there was to be Hummingbirds as the main characters  I had something to work towards. A country setting gave me the freedom to have tall grasses by the fence. And to provide some color, wild flowers would be painted in.  Though they are not able to be seen very well I based in the Hummingbird shapes where I wanted them to be.

Painted milk/Progressimg_3038    Next, it was time to start giving some color to the birds.


There are four Hummingbirds in total. Birds of my own imagination and colors.

Flowers were also being added as I went along.
The Hummers now taking shape it was time to think about what was to be painted on the other side.

Having more than enough Hummers on the milk can already I decided on adding a Bluejay. He may be a bit out of proportion for the space he has but I think he still looks good.

img_3060img_3059  There was a lot of area to fill in with flowers yet and the Hummingbirds needed their final touch up.

And we are coming to the end of what was done to make the scene.

During the time I worked on the main painting I was also deciding whether or not to tighten up the painting by painting a portion of the top a solid color and to do the same for the bottom band.

img_3057img_3055     As you saw in the previous pictures and can see here in the finished painting, the painted milk can top and the bottom were done in a solid deep green.

I think overall the painting turned out well. Now I am waiting for Denis and Shirley to pick it up, and to hear if it meets their expectations.


Glad that you could spend some time with me. I trust you found it interesting as well?

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The person who received this milk can as a gift was very pleased with it.








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