November 6, 2012

Aging Metal

A few weeks ago I ordered some brass darkening solution
for my shiny brass door knobs.
It didn't work on my door handles because they were sealed with lacquer.


So I tried it on these new metal buckets I purchased at Target for $2.50 each.
I applied the watery solution to the metal with a sponge brush.
It only took a few minutes to turn darker.
See the difference?
I looked for this stuff at the hardware store but ended up ordering it on Amazon.
I filled the bucket with brown string lights and pine cones.
I'm getting ready to decorate my porch....(so sick of pumpkins about now).
In time, I know the weather would do this to my shiny buckets but...
since I want quick results - this brass darkening solution worked much better.

Linking to these parties:
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday

16 comments :

Gretchen said...

What a great project! I've never heard of this stuff but it's now on my Weekly Shopping List.

Dorie said...

Oooh I LOVE this!! My mind was a racin when I read this! Thank you so much for the tip:)

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Like the effect on the buckets. I collected a bunch of pine cones yesterday for some crafts that I am going to work on soon too.

Gail said...

How cute Holly! I love the results of your method of aging metal. I've aged metal with Lysol Toilet Bowl cleaner and have good results with that. I'm ready for a change too and I'm working on some Christmas projects now. Hope you are having a wonderful day, Gail

Blondie's Journal said...

Thanks for the info, Holly. I have some containers like this that I used to plant flowers in and I had wished they were a little darker and beat up looking! lol! This looks just like what I need for next spring!

XO,
Jane

Jane Craske said...

Too cool!

Heather Carson said...

love it!
SO wish I had this info before my wedding... we used galvanized buckets to hold mason jars of water, however i had one looking aged and one looking new :( ah well.

xo - heather
www.ThisLifeIsYours.com

Cozy Little House said...

Did the trick! I'm sitting here in front of CNN, avidly watching.
Brenda

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Holly,This wonderful post came just in time! I love the look of your bucket...and the pinecones and sparkly lights. I just ordered a big metal tub and want to give it a little age!YEA! Now I know how!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Thanks for sharing that product--looks great!

Dawn said...

I have never heard of the stuff, but it worked like a charm, it certainly took away the bright shinny metal look.

livingsimplyfree said...

I love the look that achieved. Your pine cones and lights are the perfect touch. I too have collected pine cones on my walks and am using them through the house for fall.

ImSoVintage said...

I love this. I am ready to start pulling out the Christmas decorations. Maybe next week :)

tb said...

Target for buckets do tell where in the store might they be located. Just came back from target

Bella said...

OH I must get my hands on some of that stuff! I have plenty of those tins that could use some aging. Thanks for the tips!

Andrea Giraldo said...

. Any idea what the manufacturer on these tubs are? I looked for them at Target and had found one and I gave it away in a gift basket, but I was hoping to see if by chance it has a sticker on the bottom with another name for distributor and if you could measure for the dimensions so I can order the same size from online somewhere . I'm crossing my fingers they'll come back in season again this spring.

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