Aging Metal

A few weeks ago I ordered some brass darkening solution
for my shiny brass door knobs.
It didn’t work on my door handles because they were sealed with lacquer.

So I tried it on these new metal buckets I purchased at Target for $2.50 each.
I applied the watery solution to the metal with a sponge brush.
It only took a few minutes to turn darker.
See the difference?
I looked for this stuff at the hardware store but ended up ordering it on Amazon.
I filled the bucket with brown string lights and pine cones.
I’m getting ready to decorate my porch….(so sick of pumpkins about now).
In time, I know the weather would do this to my shiny buckets but…
since I want quick results – this brass darkening solution worked much better.

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Andrea Giraldo

. Any idea what the manufacturer on these tubs are? I looked for them at Target and had found one and I gave it away in a gift basket, but I was hoping to see if by chance it has a sticker on the bottom with another name for distributor and if you could measure for the dimensions so I can order the same size from online somewhere . I'm crossing my fingers they'll come back in season again this spring.


OH I must get my hands on some of that stuff! I have plenty of those tins that could use some aging. Thanks for the tips!


Target for buckets do tell where in the store might they be located. Just came back from target


I love this. I am ready to start pulling out the Christmas decorations. Maybe next week 🙂


I love the look that achieved. Your pine cones and lights are the perfect touch. I too have collected pine cones on my walks and am using them through the house for fall.


I have never heard of the stuff, but it worked like a charm, it certainly took away the bright shinny metal look.

Shabby chic Sandy

Thanks for sharing that product–looks great!

Yvonne @ StoneGable

Holly,This wonderful post came just in time! I love the look of your bucket…and the pinecones and sparkly lights. I just ordered a big metal tub and want to give it a little age!YEA! Now I know how!

Cozy Little House

Did the trick! I'm sitting here in front of CNN, avidly watching.Brenda

Heather Carson

love it!SO wish I had this info before my wedding… we used galvanized buckets to hold mason jars of water, however i had one looking aged and one looking new 🙁 ah well.xo –

Jane Craske

Too cool!

Blondie's Journal

Thanks for the info, Holly. I have some containers like this that I used to plant flowers in and I had wished they were a little darker and beat up looking! lol! This looks just like what I need for next spring!XO,Jane


How cute Holly! I love the results of your method of aging metal. I've aged metal with Lysol Toilet Bowl cleaner and have good results with that. I'm ready for a change too and I'm working on some Christmas projects now. Hope you are having a wonderful day, Gail

Coastal Cottage Dreams

Like the effect on the buckets. I collected a bunch of pine cones yesterday for some crafts that I am going to work on soon too.


Oooh I LOVE this!! My mind was a racin when I read this! Thank you so much for the tip:)


What a great project! I've never heard of this stuff but it's now on my Weekly Shopping List.