I love the look of aged metal. The rust and different colour, however with the trend now big its become expensive to purchase these. So I took it upon myself to attempt aging dollar store metal with just household products I already had around.
I purchased a few metal buckets for around the house for either succulents, plants or storage however they were super shiny and not my style at all. My house would be considered a more farmhouse décor style so the shiny really didn’t go with anything else I had décor wise. One night I started looking in my pantry and racking my brain on what might work to age this metal and then it hit me.
Why not try it and just see how it all turns out. So that’s just what I did and I have to say I’m so overly happy with the end result I feel like ill be doing this again in the future. Way less expensive, super easy and just what I was looking for and wanted.
The steps are so easy even my four year old helped me.
Firstly I purchased the buckets from the local dollar store, they were each $4.00 CAD super affordable.
Then I grabbed my white vinegar, salt and hydrogen peroxide. It was a bit of a process and its not a quick process however its not difficult and you don’t need to stand around and watch it you can leave it sit and do your thing.
Find or purchase a large plastic tub to use for this process
Put your metal item in the plastic tub
Mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together I did a cup of each to start
Pour that mixture over the metal item
Use a decent amount of salt and sprinkle it on top of the wet areas on the metal item.
Let it sit
Wait 30 mins or so and then go back and do the same process.
Let it sit again and do its thing.
You can then go back with an old rag and rub it all in
Repeat this process as long as you want until you reach the desired look.
In total mine took about 40 hours to look the way I wanted but it sat for a long time with no work being done just allowing the solution to do its thing.