DIY, garden, gardening

DIY Vintage Planter

Hi Guys!

So, just before the Christmas posts take over (eek so excited!), I thought I’d share this little DIY with you that I’ve been experimenting with. You might have noticed if you’ve read my garden posts – I love old rusty buckets. As crazy as that may seem I love all manners of aged metal that I can turn into planters, and have spent hours trawling local selling sites, car boots, skips and old sheds to find them. All had been unsuccessful, so I had to resort to paying extortionate amounts at vintage fairs. Recently I decided enough was enough and I was going to make my own!

I had seen videos and tutorials online of people ageing galvanised metals using a whole manner of peroxides, other chemicals, salt, vinegar etc, but I wanted to use what I already had in the house and make it as simple as possible – 1 product simple!

What you will need:

  • Galvanised Bucket – I got this one from Homebase for £6.95

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  • Any kind of bleach, including toilet bowl cleaners
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Steel Scourer
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Step 1: Scrub the whole bucket, inside and out, using the scourer to scratch it up a bit

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Step 2: Pop your gloves on and, working in small sections, pour a thick layer of bleach on the bucket and use your scourer to rub it all over.

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Do this to the whole bucket, and don’t forget the handle!

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Continue step 2 until you have your desired effect. I bleached mine 4 times a day for 3 days. It might sound time consuming but it only takes a few minutes to do and if you did it before work, when you get home, before dinner and before bed you could easily get it done hassle free. The picture below is what it looked like after a day and a half, I wanted a really matte finish with no reflective qualities, so I bleached it some more.

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Step 3: Wash off all the bleach and drill some drainage holes in the bottom.

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Step 4: Place a layer of stones/gravel at the bottom of the bucket, add soil and plant away!

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The finished product!

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So forget all those super complicated, multiple ingredient concoctions others may have for ageing metal, all it takes it a bottle of bleach and a few days!

 

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