Sometimes it’s easier and less expensive to purchase a new decorative item than it is to find one at a yard sale or a flea market. Generally, when we do this, the item doesn’t make us happy because it doesn’t have the patina of an aged piece. Christina from 2littlehooligans offers a tutorial on how to age galvanized metal.
The first step in this process is to sand every inch of the new item. Make sure you get all the little grooves and raised sections. This step is important to get right so the rest of the process works the way you want it to. The next step involves using plain white vinegar. The piece is either submerged in the vinegar if it is small enough, or you’ll wet rags with vinegar and place the wet rags over the entire piece.
After about 4 hours, the vinegar will have reacted with the sanded metal piece and it will be perfectly aged.