So Ashley and I went shanty shopping last week with my mom in Waco. Our sister just graduated from Baylor and along with her degree she also brought home lots of Waco shopping wisdom… We only had a few hours there so we decided to stop at two favorites. Laverty’s is a fantastic little antique store…about half the store is antiques and the other half is architectural salvage… LOVE it! There were actually several things that caught my eye but this one here is the only one that screamed “buy me”! It was a shanty antique milk jug. It’s about the height of a counter bar stool which is why I quickly realized what it’s new purpose would be… an extra little seat in my living room. Here’s what I did…

After cleaning all the spider webs and other lovely’s off I sprayed the jug with two coats of Rustoleum American Accents paint. This is my first time using this paint and I love it. I found that it went on much better than my usual Valspar from Lowe’s. After letting that dry I decided to put a very light coat of Ralph Lauren glaze on to make those imperfections that I love stand out. I love how it brought out some of the writing on the front of the jug.

My final step in this revamp was inspired by Ashley. I was loving the #7 she put on her new vase and decided to brand mine as well! I used my Cricut machine to cut a #5… this is the number of people in the family and also conveniently happened to be the cutest number I had to choose from. I taped my stencil down to the jug and mixed Americana Ebony and Burnt Umber to get a really dark brown. I used a stencil brush to dry brush my #5 to the jug and I was done.

I love it! Its I found a new home for my shanty in the corner of my living room right between my hearth and armoire. It’s just an extra place to sit for now but I’m sure I will find different uses for it in the future… She would be so cute with a big white pumpkin on top… we will see… I will be sharing this shanty turned chic over at Trash to Treasure at Reinvented and at the Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday… Go check it out girls!

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  1. You ladies are so talented ~ you just found a new follower. Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration ~ add me to your list.

  2. I got one many years ago from Lancaster, Pa. I keep it outside by the porch painted the burgandy color of my shutters. Now I am thinking-stencil the house number on it..or bring it in!

  3. Love it! I actually live in Waco! Going to Laverty's is probably one of my favorite pastimes. I am always updating and redoing my Laverty's finds. Check out my blog at 🙂

  4. Found your blog from Reinvented. I LOVE Laverty's in Waco. One of my all-time favorite places to shop. Found it while in college, then working at Baylor. Love it. I never go to Waco without stopping at Laverty's.