Have you ever thought about how to age new decoupage? I found a project on pinterest that really inspired me to make a couple of aged decoupage milk can tables.
Antique Milk Can
I love to decoupage, but I knew that a new project wouldn't quite look right on my antique milk cans.
Because, I have 2 antique milk cans in the backyard camper retreat, I picked up two of these 15" wooden rounds. I just knew they would be perfect for my aged decoupage tables.
You know, you just can't slap a wood round atop a vintage milk can and call it a table. Someone is likely to bump it or knock it off. So, I came up with a plan. Digging around in the scrap wood pile I found a board that was long enough to cut two milk can table supports. This board fits very snugly in the top.
I allowed the wood glue to dry on the milk can table top.
I chose some Dollar Tree napkins and two kinds of decoupage medium. I used a matte for the first application, and an outdoor formula for the topcoat.
The small plastic container is filled with water. I chose to dampen the entire milk can table top with water, before applying the decoupage medium.
The napkins follow a pattern. After I figured that out, I was able to match each to the next. Being cheap dollar store napkins, they were only 2 ply. So, I did have to remove the white layer, which brought them to one ply.
An emery board was used to create a tear line in order to remove excess napkin from the milk can table.
After the decoupage medium dried, I applied the outdoor formula with a chip brush. You've probably done all this many times. BUT!
This is Where the Magic Happens
This is the aged decoupage technique is what I was so intrigued with. I sanded the milk can table on the left. Already, I'm in love with the new (old) look. After sanding with 150 grit, the decoupage is smooth, wrinkles are gone, and I love the faded aged look!!
How to: Aged Decoupage Milk Can Table Top
But, here's the problem. The "new" table top doesn't really go with that rusty milk can, does it? You know how much I love my Smoked Glaze, but this time I reached for the Aged Glaze. Check out that chip brush--it's not the same one I used for the decoupage. THIS one is my glazing brush, because the bristles are aged and jagged. That makes it perfect for dry brushing a finish.
That's better! Now it matches the old beat up milk can a lot better! However, I do LOVE the one on the right, sanded without the aged glazing too. Maybe a future project for another time?
Don't the aged decoupage milk can tables go great with my pallet love seat?
When we gather in the backyard, there are certain items I grab from the shed each time. So, these milk can table tops will be stored in the shed when not in use. They easily "pop" off of the milk cans.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.