Kevin’s grandma moved to Florida a few years ago to be near her daughters. She also hated Pittsburgh winters (so with you on that, Grandma!). She took some of her furniture with her, gave a bunch of things to grand-kids, and donated piles of stuff to goodwill. After all of the sorting, so much stuff still remained at the house.
Grandma has never liked antiques, and didn’t keep the kind of things that I’m always on the hunt for. So I was totally surprised to find this old milk box in the garage. I don’t know how it managed to survive garbage day for all of these years! It must have been hidden behind some dirty, old garage stuff that she just chose to ignore.
I’m not sure what Grandpap used the box for once milk was no longer delivered, but at some point he covered it with paint. It was a dull gray, but I could see a tiny bit of the galvanized metal shining through. There were also traces of red that shown through in places – evidence that the dairy’s name was painted on the front!
The box sat in my garage for nearly a year because I wasn’t sure how to get the gray paint off without removing the red paint with it, and without ruining the finish.
On a whim, I decided to try a simple paint scraper. It took about 15 minutes, and all of the dull gray was gone. (WHY did I wait so long??) I scraped a bit too enthusiastically in a couple places and scratched the front. I haven’t tried steel wool on it yet, but I think that will smooth the scrapes.
Obviously, I didn’t figure out how to save the red paint from the lettering. But what a sweet surprise that the name of the dairy is still visible! At least a couple of tiny specks of red were safe from my scraper…
A dear friend gave me her mother’s old milk box a few years ago. Even though she lived in the same small town as Grandma, they had different dairies deliver to their homes. This box wasn’t protected by paint for years, and shows it’s age with an awesome patina.
And of course since I love symmetry, adding the second box on the hutch makes me pretty happy!
Don’t you looooove to find old treasures???