I’m going to show you how to take a box store plastic planter like this one found at Walmart for $21…
In some places, a planter like this retails for over $100…yikes! No need to break the bank, just create your own. The best part is that this technique can be used on anything…light fixures, wood boxes, decor, furniture…you name it!
How to Paint a Faux Zinc Finish
(interested in creating a similar finish on furniture? here’s another option)
All you need are a few things to achieve this effect. Here is the list of materials:
- a planter (or any object you wish to zincify)
- Rust-O-Leum Professional Cold Galvanizing Compound Spray
- flat white paint
- paint brush
What better than zinc in a can? Seriously, this stuff is made of zinc and therefore will give you the power to turn anything you spray into a zincified object. Easy!
Now you might be wondering what’s wrong with the urn as is? Nothing really, but it doesn’t have enough character in my opinion. I tend toward the French/Nordic style that is all about texture and patina. This particular urn was in a dark color with gold accents and also had a texture to the surface that I liked.
This project is better done outdoors, like most spray painted projects, for ventilation purposes. This stuff goes on easy and thick, with dry time for second coat in an hour. When spraying, be sure to stay about 12 inches away from the object your spraying and keep the can level. Make sure to shake it every so often to prevent clumps. This stuff sprays great and I’ve never had a problem with it.
This is how the planter looks after only one coat. Pretty solid, right?
A couple years ago, in haste I bought some cheap ceiling paint to use in my kitchen as a quick refreshing. Mistake. It was water and did nothing to refresh, only waste my time. However, because I work on furniture, it was the perfect consistency to white-wash my pieces for my shop, like this one.
Since most zinc pieces have oxidation that occur naturally, we want to replicate that in our piece. This tends to happen in the nooks and crannies and trickles down vertically. I started on the rim of my urn and worked in small patches. Brush on the paint, coating the section you’re working on completely.
After all is done and your project has cured for a couple of hours (allow 24 hours for complete curing), you can fill your planter. Because I live in the brisk northeast where the snow just melted, I don’t have much to choose from as far as flowers go, but I was able to snatch these perennials to fill my urn.
Aren’t those details spectacular?
Now go on and give this finish a try and show me what you do with it. (and don’t forget to stop by and visit me too!)
If you like this technique, you can also see how I’ve used in in my garage door tutorial here.
Paint is a faux-ers best friend!
See more ways to use paint to give you a great-looking (but fake!) finish like these:
or another method for getting an antique zinc look