How To Transform Galvanized Metal To Get The Aged Look

Galvanized Metal

I’ve been seeing a lot of the aged galvanized metal planters around recently. I love this idea, so I went on to make my own. I had to do a bit of research to see what was used to age the metal. It wasn’t too long before I found a few different ways to do it, but one that didn’t take much at all! Lysol toilet bowl cleaner! This ages the metal very well without using a bunch of harsh chemicals like I was finding!




I found a galvanized metal bucket at the dollar store for a buck! Such a steal compared to some you find at other stores. Like seriously! If you don’t get your decor items at the dollar store, you need to start! It’ll save you hundreds of dollars on some of the same stuff you would buy elsewhere!

Galvanized Metal

I also bought a bottle of Lysol toilet bowl cleaner as well. It came to $2.50, but I only used a tiny amount, so the rest will be put to good cleaning use!

Now, the process is super simple. Doesn’t require much work at all. You just have to let the toilet bowl cleaner do its job! I started by gathering what I needed which I will list below for you all!

What You’ll Need

  • Galvanized metal
  • Lysol toilet bowl cleaner
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves

Once all of my materials were gathered I set up my items outside. I’d recommend doing this in a well ventilated area. ALSO WEAR GLOVES! Toilet bowl cleaner contains Hydrochloric acid which is corrosive!

After securing your gloves to your hands, set out your news paper. Take your toilet bowl cleaner and spread it across your metal. I dabbed mine around using the paper towels that I brought out with me! When the whole surface is covered let it sit until it dries completely. This took maybe ten minutes or so – I did go back into the house to work on some other stuff, so it might have been less time.

Galvanized Metal

I applied a second coat and let it sit again until it was dried. Continue to do this until you get the aged look that you want! It definitely beats aging it naturally over time!




I’d love to hear all about your aged galvanized metal projects!

How To Transform Galvanized Metal

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15 Comments

    1. Hi Sarah! I’m not sure what toilet bowl cleaners you would have available, but the active ingredient in the Lysol brand is Hydrogen Chloride (Hydrocloric Acid). I’d check one of your local stores and choose something with that ingredient! Hope that helps!

  1. What a great idea to give an aged look to a metal bucket! I am a fan of furniture that look old, shabby chic gen, never thought of metal aged looking. I’m thinking to try it home, we don’t have Lysol here, but do have other products that contain Hydrocloric Acid.

    1. Good question Vicki! I actually washed my bucket off in the bathtub to get rid of the couple drops of the toilet bowl cleaner that was left. So far never had a problem!

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