Transform Galvanized Metal To Get The Aged Look

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I've been seeing a lot of aged galvanized metal planters around recently. I love this idea, so I went on to make my own! I had to do a bit of research to find what I was looking for in order to age my galvanized metal planters, but I was able to successfully find a way to age these beautiful pots with one trick!
Time: 30 MinutesCost: $4Difficulty: Easy
  • transform galvanized metal to get the aged look
I started by purchasing my galvanized metal planter bucket from my local Dollar Store. I also purchased this Lysol toilet bowl cleaner as well! These are the two most important items you will need to complete this project!

You will also need some newspaper or plastic to use as your base just in case any of your toilet bowl cleaner runs off of your bucket. I also used paper towels to smear the toilet bowl cleaner over my planter.
  • transform galvanized metal to get the aged look
The first thing that you will do is put some gloves on! This is important because most toilet bowl cleaners contain Hydrocloric acid which is an irritant to touch!

When you have your gloves on, spread your toilet bowl cleaner over your bucket evenly. I dabbed mine around with the paper towel until it was completely covered. It will look something like what is above!
  • transform galvanized metal to get the aged look
Leave your bucket until it has completely dried. The picture above shows mine is well on its way to being dry!

Once my bucket was completely dried, I continued with another layer until I got the aged look I wanted! The finished product is below!
  • transform galvanized metal to get the aged look
Voila! See how gorgeous this turned out! The longer you leave the toilet bowl cleaner on, the more aged of a look you will get!

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Galvanized Metal Bucket  (Dollar Store)
  • Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner  (Dollar Store)
  • Newspaper
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  • B. Enne
    B. Enne Canada
    on Aug 11, 2017

    good job!

    • Rebecca Durnal
      Rebecca Durnal
      on Aug 14, 2017

      What you started with is a plain metal bucket. A "galvanized" bucket has been given a protective coating of zinc, it would not have a bright shiny finish. I think that what you made looks like a "faux galvanized bucket". It does not have the protective finish of zinc but it does have the matte finish that resembles galvanization. Anyone wanting to make this project will need to start with a plain metal bucket.