I just LOVE an old piece that has a yummy patina. You should probably know that I lump most all types of aging/weathering into the "patina" category. For example, you might see an old railroad spike and think it is all dirty and rusty, but I see it and think, what a fantastic patina! Might be a stretch for the word, but I like it!
Anyhow, I really like old, metal buckets, and I LOVE when they are all worn and "patina-ed". What I don't like is that they can be incredibly heavy and I cannot buy them any day of the week since they aren't sold in stores. What I can find everyday are very light weight, and very shiny, galvanized metal buckets.
Some time ago (almostayearbutwhoiscounting) I picked up these buckets at GoodWill for $0.99 each. I decided I would try a few techniques and see if I could make them look old and delicious.
I have seen a number of different ways (on Pinterest, of course!) to age a new bucket. I have tried several of them, but haven't really achieved the look I was going for. I have seen a couple of bloggers use the Sophisticated Finishes with great results, but I was too cheap to pay the $9.99 for a 4oz bottle. I decided that I would first try what I had on hand and see what I could end up with.
First, I painted a section of the bucket a floral green, using a sponge brush.
Then, using the same sponge brush, I mixed a little bit of white paint into the green. This softend the green a bit and helped hide the pattern on the bucket.
Next, using a small paint brush, I randomly brushed some horizontal black stripes on the bucket.
Then I used the sponge brush again to blend in the black paint, making horizontal sweeping motions.
Then I just repeated those step all around the bucket.
For this little gal, I just used a small paint brush and "swirled" some white paint on the bucket.
I let it dry for about a minute, and then a took a dry paper towel and buffed the bucket. I forgot to take a picture for this post, but I will show it to you at the end of the week when I show you my spring mantle! ;)
I decided to add some embellishments to one of the pieces, so I gathered up some scraps. I did not take pics of this process because 1) it would be boring, 2) I forgot that some people might not find it boring and did I didn't even bother with pics, and 3) everyone is going to have different stuff, so I didn't want anyone to get stuck on using the same stuff I used. Use what you got, folks! Anyhow, I hot glued a scrap of burlap to the front of the bucket. Then I clipped the tabs off of some mini brads, and I hot glued the heads onto the burlap. Then I stuck (literally) a scrap of black vinyl (leftover from a project on my Cricut) right onto the burlap. I brushed a very small amount chalkboard paint onto the vinyl so that I could use chalk on it. I like how the burlap pattern shows through the "chalkboard".
Two of these buckets have a very strong patina/very green finish, which is PERFECT for the spring mantle I have been working on! The one bucket has a more oxidized zinc feel to it, which is fantastic! I am sure I will play around with more of these and keep working on different finishes. Have you tried creating your own patina? What worked (or didn't!) for you?! I'd love to know!
Hope your week is off to a lovely start! Enjoy the Son!
P.S. The Creating with the Stars Contest kicked off this week, and the contestants came up with some seriously uh-mazing projects! Check them out and vote for your favorite!