, pub-2933920367747318, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
Home » LIFESTYLE » HOUSE/GARDEN » Distressing Galvanized Metal Tubs -DIY

Distressing Galvanized Metal Tubs -DIY

galvanized tub

distressing-metal-steel-tubs-diyDisclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. For additional information click here for Full Policies

If you have any new galvanized, metal or steel item that you are wanting to add a distressing or aged look, here is an easy technique that will give you that look without a bunch of fuss.

I didn’t like the shiny new look of the tub so I decided to give it that used/old look.

This is just one technique of many that are out there, but I love this because there is no mixing or messing with a bunch of chemicals.

So let’s take a look at how I am Distressing my steel tub.

I purchased the Behrens 3-OV 16-Gallon Oval Steel Tub for this project.

Men's BKE at

I used this Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach for the distressing process.

What you will need:


Prep The Metal

Start by sanding the entire surface of your item.  Try to sand the grooves and small areas as well.

With a sponge brush, apply a thick layer of the cleaner over the entire surface.

Place in a well-ventilated area away from children and pets.


Curing Time

Let sit for at least 4 hours. My metal container cured for about 6 hours before I got back to it.



Rinse & Dry

I then took it outside and rinsed off with my water hose and used a wet cloth to clean the surface. Not much of anything will come off the metal item.
FREE SHEET SET with Purchase of any Mattress
I then let it dry.  There you have it…..shine is gone and you have a more weathered look.  I really like the results.



Add your plants and you have a beautiful container for years to come.

Do you have an item you would like to distress or age?  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for coming by…….Enjoy your day!

bonbon signature



  1. Carole @ Garden Up Green
    August 12, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Love galvanized containers – this finish looks great. I have good luck planting in them when I drill holes in the bottom and add rocks.

  2. August 12, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Thank you for the tip, I always wondered how to age new, shiny galvanised goods!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.