A friend of mine found these milk jugs on a work site and brought them to me to be repurposed. Although I love the etched letters in the crusty old jug (it says Dairymen League New York) my friend wanted a fresh clean look so we opted to paint them.
17 3/4″ circular wood round
spray paint gloss
spray clear gloss poly
clear semi gloss poly
acrylic paint (for personalization)
3 L brackets
1″ wood screw
1 1/4″ wood screw
Step 1: Use a hammer to pop off the top, empty any residual liquid (yikes!), rinse and let interior dry completely. Sand any loose paint and rust off the exterior.
Step 2: Using a spray primer with rust protection, apply the first coat. Let dry then spray with paint color. Use several thin coats allowing them to dry between coats. Resist the urge to cover the entire jug in one or two passes. Too much spray paint will result in drips and a less durable paint job.
Step 6: Place wood round on protected surface. Apply a line of E6000 adhesive to top rim of milk jug then flip over onto wood round, centering the milk jug (use a measuring tape to ensure it’s centered).
Step 8: Determine good placement for 3 brackets, predrill into wood top then secure bracket with 1″ wood screw.
Step 9: Predrill hole into milk jug just above lip and down into wood top.