With Summer just around the corner, I’m looking forward to updating our outdoor spaces. I’ve had this watering can in our garage for a couple of years. It was a cute shape, but just seemed a little generic. I decided to try a little “DIY crafting” to make it look more authentic. After doing some research, I had a plan to get a French Farmhouse Inspired Aged Antique Patina.
MATERIALS FOR AGING METAL
- Blue Shop Towels
- Old Cardboard
- Protective Gloves
- Lysol Toilet Cleaner
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Spray Bottle
- Sanding Sponge
MATERIALS FOR PAINTED TEXT
- Transfer Paper
- Vinyl (removable vinyl might be easier)
- Silhouette Cutting Machine
- Fusion Paint (Limestone)
- Stencil Brush
PROCESS FOR AGING METAL
I took all my materials out to my patio table. Working on a piece of thick cardboard, I covered the watering can with Lysol. Please wear protective gloves!
Because I was working in the sun, I had to repeat the process about every 15 minutes. The Lysol would dry out on me. I did this a couple times and then sanded the surface with a sanding sponge. The Lysol turned the metal to a white patina.
Next, I filled a spray bottle with peroxide and sprayed the watering can. This just continued to age things and added a little bit of rust. I did this a couple of times, waiting about 15-20 minutes.
Finally, I emptied the spray bottle and rinsed it with water. Then I added the distilled vinegar to it. I sanded the can again and sprayed it with vinegar. This brought out the black spots and really gave the watering can an aged look. I did this process a couple of times and then forgot about it. I went about my day and it began to rain outside. So, I left it overnight. The next day, I dried it off and it was perfect.
The process didn’t take much “hands on” time, I just did the steps and moved on to other things.
ADDING FRENCH TEXT
I found the free printable Faux Rusted French Labels on The Graphics Fairy website.
I brought the image into Adobe Photoshop and resized it for my watering can. Then I saved it as a JPEG file and opened it in my Silhouette Design Studio and cut the image on vinyl. I did not reverse the image.
I removed (weeded) the text and left the background. Then I cut and placed a piece of transfer tape over the image and removed the backing from the vinyl.
Next, I placed the image on the watering can and removed the transfer tape.
Just before I stenciled, I placed blue painters tape around the stencil, so I didn’t get paint outside of the label.
I dabbed my stencil brush in the paint and off loaded it on a paper towel. Then I filled in the stencil.
Next, I removed the painters tape and vinyl stencil. I will say the vinyl was a bit difficult to remove, because I used permanent vinyl instead of removable. It’s just what I had on hand.
Finally, I lightly sanded over the paint to make it look a little bit worn.
I added some potting soil and a few geraniums and it was done. Here are a couple of pictures to pin.
This was a fun project. I will try the Aged Antique Patina on some other galvanized planters or tubs this summer.
I’ve been working on an antique corner desk this week that I picked up from the Thrift Store. It was in really rough condition, but I’ve been refinishing it this week. It turned out so pretty! Stop by next week and I should have it up on the blog.
Thanks for visiting!