Faux Galvanized Steel Technique Mail Bin

     Repurposed thrift store finds are my favorite. Especially when they are made to fool the eye!

Faux Galvanized Steel Technique Mail Bin. Homeroad.net

I fooled you didn't I? 

I bet you thought this was galvanized steel. 

Well it was meant to look like it and I hope I did fool you. 

This project began with a wooden scoop wall hanging.

Galvanized Steel Technique Mail Bin. Homeroad.net

The first step was to remove the handle and fill the holes with wood putty. 

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I also added a label drawer pull to the front. This one came from DLawless Hardware

DIY Galvanized Steel Technique Mail Bin. Homeroad.net

DIY Faux Galvanized Steel Technique Mail Bin. Homeroad.net

I painted the entire piece, label and all with Fusion Mineral Paint in silver. You can also use brushed steel as I did on this faux galvanized project

DIY Faux Galvanized Steel Technique. Homeroad.net

I did 2 coats of the fusion then my last coat, meant to replicate the look of galvanized steel, was stippled on. 

I used a stencil brush and pounced on the third coat of paint giving it a textured look. 

DIY Faux Galvanized Steel Technique storage. Homeroad.net

When the silver paint was dry I applied a small amount of a light stain then wiped it off. You can also use an antiquing wax for this look. 

This technique darkens the silver in places making it look old. 

 Faux Galvanized Steel Technique storage. Homeroad.net

The look is pretty convincing. 

People will have a hard time believing this was a wooden wall hanging at one time. 

 Galvanized Steel Technique storage. Homeroad.net

If your new year resolution is to get organized, it's a great place to organize the mail or bills. 

 Galvanized Steel DIY Technique storage. Homeroad.net

 Galvanized Technique storage. Homeroad.net

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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. Fabulous finish!!! THank you for sharing!
    ✫¸.•HaPPy NeW YeAr! °•✫

  2. Yep, you sure did fool me! I thought, why is she saying faux galvanized when she has a real one sitting there! lol, great job!

  3. Totally fooled me! I never would've dreamed it started as wood...

    1. I've used this technique several times now and have been happy with the results on all of them!

  4. Happy New Year to you, Susan! I love this galvanized scoop-turned-file-mail folder!!! What a great idea and it's genius that you saw what this old wooden scoop could be. :) Happily pinned. <3

    Here's to a great 2019,
    Hugs and blessings to you and your family,
    Barb :)

    1. You're so sweet! Happy New Year Barbara and thanks so much for your sweet comment! :)

  5. You are amazing! You had me fooled and it turned out beautiful and practical....love it! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks so much Sam! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  6. Yep you fooled me! Looks great! I have a mini wood scoop that I've been wondering what to do with. This gives me some ideas! Never crossed my mind to take the handle off. Lol

    1. Thank you Linda! I've used this treatment on a small table one time too, it also hides imperfections in the wood or table top!


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