Adding age to galvanized metal isn’t as easy as you might imagine. I bought these $5 galvanized pails from Dollar General with making them look old in mind. It was a great idea, but the implementation was a challenge. Ugh.
I first tried regular Lysol toilet bowl cleaner. Nothing much happened. I then tried their extra strength product and got similar “nothing” results. Finally, in exasperation, I gave the pails a thorough rubdown with steel wool to scuff up and/or remove any protective factory finish that might remain. I stuck them into a plastic trash bag and doused them with household vinegar. I had to leave them in the bag for two days but I finally got a vintage look. It takes a lot of patience – something I don’t have an abundance of.
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Save yourself some time, friends. Skip the toilet bowl cleaner and go straight for the garbage bag and vinegar. Just put the pail in the bag, add a few cups of vinegar, and shake it up to coat the pail. Wrap the bag tightly around the pail, then wait. And wait. And wait some more. After a few days, you’ll have this vintage-look pail to use as a planter.
I cleaned the pails well before I planted them. I put two inches of pea gravel in the bottom of the pail for drainage and filled it the rest of the way using control potting soil. All in all, the project turned out nicely. Your thoughts?
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