We’re back with another Monthly DIY Challenge. This month, our theme is “metallics”, and we’re showing you how to easily create a faux galvanized metal finish with paint.
I picked up this pair of metal watering cans at a yard sale last summer. I love old watering cans, but the finish on these didn’t match my style at all.
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A while back, I came across this post from from Curb To Refurb. Carrie painted old cereal boxes with a faux galvanized finish, and I knew I wanted to try something similar on the watering cans.
I started by spray painting the watering can with this gray spray paint to create a plain gray base.
I put a few different colors of paint on a paper plate. A metallic silver paint, a creamy white paint, and a black paint. I had Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White and Graphite, so I used that for the white and black paints, but you can easily use inexpensive bottles of white and black acrylic paint instead. (I also put a light gray paint on my plate, which you can see in the pic below, but I didn’t end up using it).
We used an old chip brush, and starting with the metallic silver paint, we just barely dipped our brush into the paint then dabbed it onto the paper plate to remove the excess. You can see in the picture above that there was very little paint on the brush.
I pounced the metallic paint all over the can. Sometimes just pouncing, sometimes smearing it around a bit with my brush, and sometimes using a paper towel to remove a little. It’ll start to look something like this.
Once you have a full coat of metallic, use the same method to add some of the white and black paints. Add the black and white paints a little more sparingly than the metallic silver though. I was really just dabbing and smearing the paint wherever I felt like it needed it. The black and white paint give the finish highlights and lowlights and it’ll start to look more galvanized. At this point it should start looking like this.
I added another light layer of metallic silver on top, just kind of feathering it over the other layers of paint. At this point I liked the way it looked, but I thought it would look more authentic if I made it look a bit rusted and aged.
I used this gel stain to lightly brush over the piece, concentrating on the areas where I felt the can would naturally rust over time. It’s easy to go overboard with this, so go slowly. I just barely dabbed my brush in the gel stain then immediately dabbed almost all of it off on the plate before painting it onto the watering can. After the gel stain was dry, I sprayed the whole watering can with a light coat of Krylon Matte Finishing Spray to protect the paint.
I also decided to paint that little center square with chalkboard paint that I had in my stash. I used this chalkboard paint.
What do you think? It really does look like metal in person. I was honestly surprised at how easy it was. Especially since this was the first time I’ve ever tried to get this kind of finish.
Ready to see the rest of the metallic challenge posts? Check out the pictures below, and if you see one you like, just click it to see the full tutorial.
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