The title of this blog post should really read, “The aged galvanized metal tray that really didn’t want to age.”
And maybe it’s the fact that I turned 40 this year that made me feel a lot of sympathy towards this tray and its unwillingness to let me give it a faux aged look even while I was cursing it under my breath.
It all began when I was at WalMart this week and picked up a brand new, shiny metal tray for $7.99. And it was perfectly fine in it’s original state but I really wanted to make it look a bit less shiny and brand new. So I educated myself on the various techniques for achieving an aged look and set about giving this new girl a little bit of ‘seasoning’.
First I tried the toilet bowl cleaner and steel wool method. I sanded the tray to take off some of the shine, doused it in toilet bowl cleaner and scrubbed it with the steel wool. Then I left it outside in the sun for HOURS and when I returned to check on it? Nothing. No change. Nada. Zip. Zilch. So, the next day I tried the vinegar technique. I soaked it in vinegar for hours and once again, this tray was determined not to age.
Frankly, I admired it for that. But admiration wasn’t going to get me the look I wanted and at this point I was determined to prevail.
So, out came the black craft paint and after wiping it on and wiping it off and wiping it on and wiping it off I finally achieved the look I wanted in a matter of minutes as opposed to the day and a half my failed attempts had taken.
I think this tray and I will always have a special bond.
It was so resistant to the aging process, and yet it looks so much better with added character and depth.
Kind of like me! 😉
Thanks so much for stopping by the Fence today,
P.S. If you want to see one of the techniques I mentioned for achieving the look of aged galvanized metal I highly encourage you to visit Yvonne at StoneGable and read this blog post.