DIY Dollar Tree Galvanized Metal Chargers
I hope you all enjoyed a nice long weekend. It was great to just take things easy and enjoy some time with the family. We stayed at my parents and hung out with my nieces and nephew as well.
As promised I am here sharing the step by step tutorial on how to get the look of galvanized metal chargers that I used for the farmhouse tablescape I just shared with you all.
I am sure you have seen these gold chargers for ages! You may have some stashed away that you haven’t used in a long time cause, let’s face it, they’re not really in style… or haven’t been for the longest time.
I bought these at Dollar Tree several years ago and still had them around.
I hadn’t gotten rid of them since they were still in really nice shape. I have been seeing a lot of people trying their shot at faux galvanized metal on other items and I thought I would give it a try on my chargers.
As a creator for PLAID I had some great new paints that I thought would work great for this technique and I decided to give it a go!
Here are the paints I used to get the galvanized look!
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- Home Decor Chalk Paint in Castle
- Brushed Metal Paint in Dark Gray
- Brushed Metal Paint in Brushed Silver
- Folkart Antiquing Medium in Nutmeg
You will also need make-up sponges or if you don’t have any you can always cut up a magic eraser sponge like I did and it works like a charm.
The first thing you will need to do it sand the chargers with fine grit sanding paper. They are super slick and without sanding them first the paint will have a hard time sticking and you definitely don’t want that.
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Next, you will add some of the Castle chalk paint to the center and start dabbing it with the sponge all over the plate.
>>>And as always, the video tutorial can be found on my YouTube channel or at the end of this post (just scroll down)<<<
You don’t have to make everything uniform because that will help with the look, but the key to making this look like metal and NOT like a whole bunch of paint dabs throughout the plate is that you have to make them connect.
This is what the plate should look like after you are done with the chalk paint (the paint does darken).
Once you let that dry, it’s time for the next layer.
You will now do the exact same thing with the Brushed Metal paint in Dark Gray.
You will want to leave some areas untouched and others darker than others like you see below.
This is what that step will look like once it’s complete and dry.
Next you will take the Brushed Metal paint in Brushed Silver and do the same thing all over again.
And this is what it will look like when you are done with that step.
Of course, in order to really get the look you need to add a little bit of rust… cause what’s galvanized metal without rust right?
I did this with the Nutmeg antiquing medium and I basically just added a small amount on my finger and I rubbed it along the edges and over the little bumps.
This part does not have to be perfect. Add as little or as much as you like and if you add too much you can just wipe it off and do it over. It’s that easy!
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And here is how the charger looks when that step is complete and dry.
Isn’t it dreamy????
In order to protect all that dreaminess you have to seal it. I actually used Polycrylic in Satin and in the spray form, but I am sure you can also use Mod Podge (I would use either the Matte or Satin) and it will seal it just fine as well. It all depends on what you have on hand.
After you have properly sealed them they are ready for use!
I just can’t believe I had not thought about this until now!?
And of course, here it is with my latest fall farmhouse tablescape.
So what do you think? Will you be giving this a go?
Let me know and don’t forget to share with someone who might like this as well!
OMG! I love this and I plan to try it this weekend. I have those gold chargers and I was about to donate them to the thrift store. Thank you for the this idea!
Can’t wait to try it. Where do you buy the paint from?
You can purchase them at your local craft store or on http://www.plaidonline.com. ?
Why not get the sliver and do that process on them? I have purchased may Dollar Tree chargers to match my Christmas themes….red, white, silver, gold. Well worth it a little smaller than Michael’s but they work great.
Thank you, I already had the gold ones and I didn’t care for them anymore. I suppose you could use the silver ones, however I didn’t want to spend anymore money and just used what I had on hand.
Once you seal these are they safe to wash? Hand or dishwasher or both?
No they are not safe to put in a dishwasher. I only use them for decor and remove them when we actually eat, but if they do get dirty, mild soap and a damp cloth works fine.
You sound like a girl we could of been buddies. I love crafts making everything I can from scraps …. Design on a dime ! But I love quality and making my home beautiful and welcoming is my thing . I too am Puerto Rican , I have raised my 3 girls and now I am retired and decorating my costal home in Sol Cal …. So I am going to keep my eye on your stuff need inspiration, and new ideas I love your chargers . Your family is beautiful God bless them . I hope we can become amigas
Thank you so much Nereida!