I love to display flowers in this old bucket.

How To Create An Antique Zinc Finish

Today I have a quick tutorial on how to create an antique zinc finish.  In just a few steps the shiny surface of a galvanized bucket can be transformed into a beautiful time-worn finish. Faux finishes are here to stay. Of course our first choice would be to have the real thing, but when antiques are hard to find or out of our price range we have to get creative.

New shiny bucket ready to be transformed.


I wanted an interesting bucket or container that I could display flowers or plants in, that wouldn’t look out-of-place in my home. The shiny finish on the new bucket now has an antique zinc looking finish that has a soft beautiful patina.


This is how to take a new bucket and give it a romantic aged look.


The finish is achieved with Amy Howard at Home Zinc Antiquing Solution and a short list of supplies.


  • Amy Howard At Home Zinc Antiquing Solution
  • Rubber gloves
  • Glass bowl
  • Cotton cloth
  • Cardboard

How To Create An Antique Zinc Finish

I like working on a piece of card board to protect the surface of the table I’m working on. Following the manufactures directions:  Pour some of the solution into a glass bowl, dip the cotton cloth in the solution then apply the solution to the bucket in a whipping and blotting motion.


First coat of zinc antiquing solution.


The first time, I wasn’t aggressive enough with my application, so I applied the solution again and got amazing results.


This is how to take a new bucket and give it a romantic aged look.


I love mixing vintage elements with the everyday decor of my home. Some pieces are actually old, and some are just made to look old. Nostalgic pieces remind us of a past that was simple and comfortable. They also remind us that not everything has to be shiny and new. We love the imperfect things because we’re imperfect too.

One of my favorite things to displays in my antique zinc finish bucket is a potted hydrangea. The subtle gray color of the aged metal really makes the flowers and the greenery pop.


Antique zinc finish creates a beautiful vignette.


How can you use a bucket in your home decor?

10 Ways To Use A Zinc Finish Bucket

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Toys
  • Indoor plants
  • Patio plants
  • Throws
  • Pillows
  • Seasonal arrangements
  • Kindling and fire wood
  • Wrapped presents


Cozy setting with pillows and a throw.


Using a bucket to hold books and magazines.


The rustic appeal of the antique zinc finish bucket will have your friends wondering where you find such treasures to decorate with.


Simple hydrangeas in an aged bucket.


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This is how to create an antique zinc finish.


Who would have thought, the character of the zinc antique finish could turn an off the shelf ho-hum hardware store bucket into a romantic time-worn looking vessel? For more ideas on plants and buckets see the post Everyday Decorating.



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7 thoughts on “How To Create An Antique Zinc Finish

  1. French Ethereal says:

    Oh, Michelle! I want to try this!!!
    I love zinc buckets, horse troughs used as planters… I have an antique zinc pail that someone punched a hole in long before I ever bought it {30 years ago now} and probably used as a small planter. Definitely will have to look for this antiquing product!

    Thank you for the tutorial,
    Barb 🙂

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