Patio Paint and How to Age Galvanized Steel

An aging technique on this very shiny bucket was just the 
beginning of this project...

I bought this large bucket to store potting soil. 
I will keep it on the deck next to my potting bench.

As you can see, this bucket is so shiny you can almost see yourself in it... not good!

Patio Paint and Aging Galvanized Steel

The first step in this transformation is to age the shiny steel!

I painted on a product that you can learn
about more in my post on Antiquing Solutions where I experimented with 3 different antiquing products to get 3 very different results.

The shiny finish was immediately toned down. The grooves are darker, and the bucket now has a beautifully aged patina.

How to age shiny galvanized steel

When you click on the bold Amazon affiliate links you will be taken to the products I use for this project. If you order it does not change the price or service at all. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
The second part of this project is a new paint by DecoArt I was very anxious to try, called Patio Paint.

Aging galvanized steel to get a weathered look

Patio Paint is a permanent, weather-resistant acrylic paint for outdoor decorating. It is formulated for water resistance and excellent adhesion in changing temperatures.

The application and clean-up is quick and easy, too!

How to age galvanized steel to get a weathered look

DecoArt recommends Patio Paint for use on all kinds of surfaces: 

  • Concrete
  • Terra cotta
  • Wood
  • Masonry
  • Stucco
  • Stone
  • Ceramic bisque
  • Cast aluminum
  • Styrofoam

  • I am liking it on galvanized steel today...

    Painting a shiny bucket to get an aged look

    How to age shiny galvanized steel for your outdoor soil

    Patio Paint went on smoothly and cleaned up in a wink!

    With the beautiful patina on this bucket and a paint that
    can withstand the weather.

    How to age shiny galvanized steel to make it look vintage!

    I'm sure this potting soil bucket will look great on my deck all summer and only get better with time!

    How to weather shiny galvanized steel to make it look vintage!

    Notice how the finish on my new bucket looks just like the authentic vintage galvanized steel in the background.
    DecoArt I loved this product and I'm anxious to try every color!

    How about using Patio Paint and painting some terra cotta pots with stripes or chevrons this summer?


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    Update: 2 years later this paint has not faded or chipped.


    I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


    1. totally pretty! Love this project!!

    2. very nice, I love the look of it, it looks so much better than before!
      visiting from Its Overflowing party!

    3. What a clever idea. Your bucket has been improved 100%. Thank you for sharing how to do this.

    4. I have wanted to try aging some galvanized stuff since last year. I can also say that leaving those pieces out all winter in the snow helps the process along!

    5. I love this!!! I need to try doing that to some buckets I have!
      Therena @

    6. I want a fun bucket like that! LOVE! XO, Aimee

    7. love the bucket and the little pop of color of the patio paint. I'm a fan of it too.
      catching you susan!


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