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Painted Faux Galvanized Finish
Old things are better than new things becuase they’ve got stories in them. – Kami Garcia
Once upon a time, there was this super cool “yard sale”out in the country. Most country sales will have some form of rusty goodness (googly heart eyes). So anyway, The Mister and I both found a few things to purchase….of course!!! We took our items to pay and the lady looked at The Mister and asked if he wanted his stuff in a separate bag. We looked at each other and laughed cause the old stuff she thought was his was all mine! It was old junk to some, but to me, it was love at first sight.
Well, apparently I’m not the only one that has a love for the old. Some of it can be downright pricy! When an item is priced out of my budget, I turn to DIY. How can I make it look like I’ve had it for years? Like this patina project, which is one of my FAVORITES!!!!
My blogging friend, Jami from An Oregon Cottage had a tutorial on creating a galvanized finish. I didn’t have all the things she had on her list, so I adapted it ever so slightly. And, I’m thrilled with how this painted faux galvanized finish turned out!
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- Grey Paint, Mine was Craft Smart and yes the color is just grey
- Black Paint
- White Paint
- Brushed Metal Paint
- Shimmering Silver Paint
- Foam Brush, I always vote for the wooden handle vs the plastic ones
- Chippy Paint Brush, used an old paintbrush for this and it worked great
- Old Sponge
- Paper Towel
- Zip Baggie
- Clean item and let dry.
- Jami used gray spray paint, but I didn’t have any so I used just grey craft paint and actually really liked it. I applied it with a foam brush and let it dry.
- Next, you will take a dry chippy paint brush and gently dab into black paint. If you get too much on, just dab it onto a paper towel. Now, take and just do black spots all over your item(s). Note – I didn’t rinse my paint brush. I just brushed it onto the paper towel and then stuck the paint brush in a plastic baggie and placed it in the fridge so it doesn’t dry out.
- Once the black is dry, repeat this process with the white paint.
- After the white has dried, I took a mixture of the shimmering silver and brushed metal paint and lightly dabbed it all over the item with a lightly damp old sponge.
I adore this look and since these milk jugs were thrifted items, and the paint was on hand, it was a super cheap project too. My two thrifted items cost around $5 in total. You can compare that to this and see the savings.
*Please keep in mind, you don’t always have to have the exact paints, try with what you do have like I did.
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