So a few weeks ago I was blissfully browsing around Target by myself when I decided to take a quick stroll through the dollar spot. I was actually looking for some cute Valentine’s day goodies for my kids when I found a stack of full size galvanized buckets. And the best part is they were only five bucks each! FIVE BUCKS. I couldn’t believe it, so of course I grabbed a few and brought them home. Well I ended up doing a little DIY galvanized bucket makeover on those babies and I gotta say–they turned out pretty darn cute. I shared a look at them in this post last week, but I figured it would be fun to share how I actually did it. Ok, first up let’s start with how the buckets looked before:
They’re definitely cute buckets and I especially fell in love with those wooden handles. But I wanted to make them look a bit more vintage and a little less shiny. So first I started by using a toilet bowl cleaner to take some of the shiny/new look off the buckets.
This is an old trick that can work to make metal look more antiqued. You basically just cover the metal in a thick layer of an acidic toilet bowl cleaner, then leave it for thirty minutes to an hour. The longer you leave it the more vintage it will look. After you wipe it off the metal looks more aged and less shiny.
Next up I painted each bucket with my Magnolia Home Chalk Paint. I applied one light coat and while the paint was still wet I used paper towels to wipe it down. I did this to give the bucket more of a white washed, uneven look.
Finally I sanded down the buckets with a very light grit sandpaper (I used 320) just to give them even more of an aged look. Here’s how they turned out!
Not too bad, right? I kinda love how they have an imperfect, aged look now. I feel like this will be great for spring and summer decor. And they’d even work for fall–you could put a big ol’ pile of pumpkins in there. And even a mini Christmas tree. Lots of fun possibilities with these buckets.
I still can’t get over the fact that those buckers were only five dollars. Talk about a bargain! And now I kinda want to go back to Target and grab a few more. You know, just in case one of these would happen to break or who knows I could lose one. Every girl needs a couple extra buckets on hand at all times, right? Right.
Well I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy little DIY galvanized bucket makeover. Thanks for dropping by the blog today!! xo