Make a Faux Vintage Galvanized Planter

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Decorate the outside of your home this year with a some vintage style farmhouse decor. Avoid the a high price tag of outdoor decor and some money, DIY style.

You will need to purchase a large galvanized steel tub. (I purchased mine from my local craft store)

You will need to purchase a large galvanized steel tub.( I purchased mine from our local craft store)

First, begin by distressing the tub by dry brushing with a dark grey chalk style paint. To dry brush, simply put a very small amount of paint on your paint brush. I use the lid of my paint and dab my brush in ever so slightly. Then, blot your brush a little on a paper towel, and then lightly and quickly brush your surface so that only little streaks of paint are seen.

Dry brush the entire outside of the tub, and also paint a little bit of the inside top as well.
After your paint is dry, take a number stencil, chalk style paint and a paint brush and stencil your house number onto the tub.

After stencilling the numbers and letting them dry just a little, sand them slightly to give them a weathered, distressed look.
Once your bucket is dry, it's time to plant some flowers inside!
A trick to using buckets as planters (if they don’t have draining holes) is to put a couple of inches of gravel and sand in the bottom of the planter so that the soil drains when it’s watered. (I grabbed a shovel-full of gravel from our driveway, and put it in the bottom of the bucket.)

Next, Layer in some potting soil.
Finally, plant some of your favourite little annual flowers inside the bucket.

Now you are all finished!
Time to watch your flowers grow :)
Suggested materials:
  • Galvanized steel tub
  • Dark grey chalk paint
  • Stencil
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Christina Dennis
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