How to Make an Easy Faux Galvanized Flower Bucket

7 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

I love a great faux finish!


They're usually a lot easier than you'd think and they produce results that are often hard to distinguish from the real thing.


They're usually a lot less expensive too. Here's how I transformed a 50 cent thrift store pail into a French-style flower bucket similar to one I found at Wayfair for over $50!

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

Santa came to the wrong town today because he got a makeover so big that he's nothing but a memory now.


I found this pail at a thrift store a long time ago. It still had the original store tag on the bottom - $11.99.


It came home with me for a mere 50 cents and sat in my thrift stash until I had an inspiring project idea - which happened this week.

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

Since I was going for an aged look, I didn't want a shiny finish and used flat grey primer for the base coverage.

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

Here's what really works the magic though - acrylic craft paints.


I used a light grey and white, dabbed on and blending in with a damp sponge.


Look what happened next:

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

Isn't that a dramatic difference?


It took a couple of applications before I was happy with how it looked. The first try wasn't blended well enough and looked like...paint smeared on a bucket! (I've got a pic of that on the blog if you want to check it out.)


The second coat really made the difference though and when I looked for galvanized metal, I could see it.

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

But it still needed a little help to look like it had been on the job for a while and a brown hammered finish paint was ideal.


I taped off the top and bottom rims, then hit them with two light coats of paint.

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

Looking older, huh?


Paint is so amazing!

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

I designed a new stencil for the project, taped it to the side of the bucket, and gave it a light transfer with black paint.

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

If you're new to stencil art, here's my best tips for a flawless transfer every time!

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

Filled with a brimming bouquet of pretty flowers...it almost whisks me away to a beautiful European flower market.


At least in my imagination.

how to make an easy faux galvanized flower bucket

So what do you think...does it look like aged galvanized metal to you?


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Happy thrifting!


Live Creatively,

Karen

Suggested materials:

  • Thrift pail  (thrift store)
  • Rustoleum flat grey primer  (WalMart)
  • DecoArt acrylic craft paint: grey, white, black  (Michael's)
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