Antiquing Solutions for Shiny Metal

8:13:00 AM

Today I'm trying the Lysol antiquing solution
and comparing it to Sophisticated Finishes.

Sophisticated Finishes for aging metal

I began with several buckets from IKEA.

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Aging technique for Ikea metal tin.

The first one I painted with the 
Rust antiquing solution,
here it is wet.

Metal pails get an aging technique using Sophisticated Finishes

and here it is the next morning.

They recommend letting the finish cure overnight.

aging shiny metal pails

Shiny metal pails from Ikea get a new look

I liked the results.

The second one I painted with only the 
Patina Green and here it is wet.

Green patina on shiny metal pails

Here it is the next morning.

shiny metal ikea pails with an aging technique

I like it.

The third I painted with the Iron and the 
Patina Green here it is wet.

How to age a shiny metal pail

and here it is the next morning.

Aging technique for a shiny metal pail.

Notice the green patina that develops over night.

Gorgeous iron patina on a shiny metal pail


And then I tried the Lysol.

I put one bucket inside the other with the Lysol in between. 
I left it there for a couple of hours then rinsed it off.

Aging a shiny metal pail with Lysol

and here it is the next morning.

Aging technique with Lysol toilet bowl cleaner

This also turned out great!

Now here they are all together.

Several ways to add age to shiny metal pails

From left to right they are...

Lysol, Rust, Patina Green and Iron with Patina Green.

Quick and easy aging solutions for metal

While I like the Rust finish and I've used it on other 
projects like chicken wire...

My favorite is the Iron with the Patina Green on top.

I drilled a hole in each side of the can and
added wire and a wooden handle.

Age a shiny Ikea pail and add a handle

A quick and easy solution to aging metal

Please note that the directions on the bottles may vary slightly from my experiments. I have trouble with directions. Some bottles tell you to use directly on the steel, others tell you to use it with another product like the 
Patina Green on top of the Iron. 
These products can also be used on ceramics, wood, 
and other surfaces. 

A sealer is recommended.

Use care when using these products for other than what they were made for. 

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  1. Your buckets all look so great! I'm so glad you told us about these products! I look forward to trying them myself sometime!

  2. Love the finish on all of them. How fun. Hugs, Marty

  3. I love your comparison! I will have to keep these methods in mind.

  4. Thanks for showing how each would turn out. I like them all. Your buckets are certainly prettier than the brand new ones.

  5. Wow, I just love it when bloggers share products and techniques...I don't get out much. I digress. Thanks for sharing this and I adore those finishes. I do like the lysol one but agree with you about the iron and green. Love the comparisons!

  6. Thank you for this helpful info! :) I will definitely keep these products in mind. I 'might' have a project coming up that I need to use these on. ;) ~Rachel

  7. I have lots of the Ikea pots and am looking forward to aging them with some of these techniques.


  8. Love how your pails turned out. I have a bottle of the Rust Sophisticated Finishes. i will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Wow...your pails turned out great!
    I can't wait to try this.

  10. thanks for the trials, susan! love the look of the finishes and will try this:)

  11. very cool! I love that you added the handle - it looks great. I didn't even know these products existed. Thanks for the info!


  12. I Love all of these! I just bought a stainless steel shelving unit from Ikea and wanted to "Vintage" it up. You have answered my question on how to do it. Thank you so much for the great pictures as well. They really helped me to see which finishes I like the best.!

  13. See, I told you the green one would work better on top of the iron! :)

  14. Susan...those are all beautiful but the Lysol one looks most "real" - do you think? Fun post! I would like to try those paints.

  15. Susan, thanks for the thorough comparison of each of these antiquing effects, they are all beautiful! Who would have known that lysol would do that to metal? Thanks for sharing- pinned this! :) Heather @ Setting for Four

  16. Wow, Susan, I love the finishes and can't wait to scoot to Michaels, but my question is where did you find the wooden handle? I love the pails and I have a few I can wait to play with. Thanks for a great post, I found it thrugh Pineterst!

  17. Love, love, love! Sharing all over to pass along the great tips :)

  18. I love how those pails came out. Wonderful! I think I have the same favorite as you.

  19. I bought some galvanized buckets for extremely cheap however, they have a dark blue latex paint coat over them that i want to remove and then treat as you've shown above...any tips on how to get the blue paint off first?

  20. Thanks for posting the side by side results!

  21. Very nice. Where do you get your wood handles?

  22. I love them all!!!! Excellent tutorial! Pinned for later!

  23. I'm going to try the Lysol, thanks! ;0)

  24. According to the Country Nest post, Michaels is the supplier for the finishes; however, I am also curious about the handles. I like the rust and green but the variety is perfect. Using all of them makes for a more realistic look when presented together. Thanks so much for the info and lovely pictures.

  25. Thanks for sharing. I love how all of them turned out!

  26. Thank you for all the wonderful comments! Each was answered by email. :)


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