Milk Glass At Home

I ran across this milk glass planter at a garage sale for 25 cents and well, for 25 cents, you knew it was coming home with me.

I have a couple pieces of milk glass. My Hen On A Nest

and my lamp are two pieces that I can think of off the top of my head.

But, in general, I find them a little hard to decorate with. Milk glass tends to be just a little too glaringly white for me. I normally go for things more in the ironstone shade of white, which I find to be a little warmer.

So for now I have it on my kitchen counter with some charger cords stuffed in it, right next to my lamp and bread board. I really had no plans of using it as a planter when I bought it. Even in that two second window of seeing the piece, seeing the price tag on it and buying it, I knew it was going to be a storage item.

Do you decorate with milk glass in your home?

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  1. says

    Love your milk glass, Pam. I had 5 of those hens on a nest (their beaks are red). They were advertising promos for Granddad AA’s hatchery business. I gave one to each kid for Christmas few years ago. I have 2 milk glass vases that I use. xo Diana

  2. says

    I love your milk glass! I have quite a bit of it and, yes, I do decorate with it. Milk glass really brightens up a room. Love your pieces.
    Ladybug Creek

  3. says

    I have some that I used to use during the Summer months but haven’t used them for awhile.
    They are in a box under the guest bed currently.
    Love your planter as a holder for things.

    Has your son gone back to school yet?

    M :)

  4. says

    I have some milk glass pieces, though they’re not my favorite thing to collect. However, I have never seen a piece like your latest and would have snatched it up in a heartbeat. Do you know anything about it? One of the things I enjoy about finding unique items is using them for other purposes, instead of just being decorative.

  5. says

    Great find Pam!
    I love all of your milk glass pieces.

    I really don’t think I have any milk glass… hmmm.. I think I’ll have to look around now, and take notice :)

    Smiles :)

  6. says

    I’m currently in some sort of milk glass daze — mixing bowls and vases and other odd little pieces. I like the stark white because it fools me into thinking my house is clean. I use several little pieces in my bathroom to hold important things like my toothbrush and advil. :-)

  7. says

    Hi Pam.
    I don’t have any milk glass pieces…I think it’s the glaring white, just like you said. I am your newest follower. Thanks for stopping by Posed Perfection today and leaving me a sweet note about the Put on a Happy Vase post. I hope you’ll visit again soon and maybe even follow me back. Have a great week.

  8. says

    I love that planter Pam — I am with you, I like milk glass and have a few pieces myself by=ut don’t have much or use it much because of the whiteness of it, lol. I have a couple art deco looking vases that I always seem to use at Valentine’s Day for some reason — the whiteness just goes well with pink and red I guess :)


  9. kate says

    I have lots of milk glass. Not long ago I decided to only keep the hobnail kind. I have an antiques booth so I put the pieces I didn’t want to keep there to sell. I’m surprised that only one of the 10 milk glass pieces sold. I even marked them wayyyy down. Selling them only a tiny bit above thrift store prices. I mix them with everything. I have white trim throughout the house so I think it works (at least I hope so!). I like your new planter. And great deal!

  10. says

    Oh yeah, just dusted a shelf in the bookcase with four urns that are milk glass. I pair them with our Granny’s teapots. I have a madness for urns of any sort it seems. xoxo, Olive

  11. says

    Hey! I have the same covered hen dish– was my mom’s. Um, it’s in a box in the basement. Do have another piece of mom’s: a nice hobnail covered dish I use for ponytail holders. I tend to agree with you about “too white.” They can look nice at Xmas with dark greenery, however.

  12. Anonymous says

    I love milk glass and have lots in a glass front cabinet. Back in the 60’s my Mom had lots of it and it reminds me of her.

  13. says

    I had a few pieces of milk glass through the years. But I’m not crazy about using the color WHITE, so it’s not out and about. Pack away somewhere. Yours looks nice though.

  14. says

    Thanks for bringing back a memory… mother had one in our house! You lifted the hen up and in her “nest” were bits and pieces of this and that. Notes, phone numbers, paper clips, lists, etc. Wow! Haven’t thought of that in years!

  15. says

    I don’t have any milk glass but my mom does. She has several pieces including one like your chicken. She also has a rooster that I love. She has them all grouped together above her kitchen cupboards. They have been around my whole life. I loved this post…

  16. says

    My Mom has a few pieces she has had for years and I love it. It is so pretty…loving your finds and that doggie head surely caught my eye!!

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