Zinc Flower Plot from a Plain Metal Bucket? No Way!

I have been dying to add a little design to my front doorway, and I knew this would be the perfect project to get it jump started. This Zinc Flower Pot was so fun and easy to make and it definitely exceeded my expectations. 

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Not only was this a fun project, but I was able to complete it in less than two hours. I'm a sucker for a quick project. I have had this project in my mind for a little over a year, so it's about time I actually got it done. 

DIY Zinc Flower Pot

I have a lot more plans for making my doorway look more appealing but this little DIY zinc flower pot really made big difference.

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10 Qt. Galvenized Steel Pail

Amy Howard At Home Zinc Solution

Rustoleum Chalk Paint - Linen White

Frog Tape

Paint Brush/Roller

Trash Bag/Cup/Cloth

Tools Used

Makita Impact Driver

Bosch Daredevil Carbide Bits

So let's take a quick look at where we started. Can you believe this is how the metal pail looked before? I mean I can because I made it haha but if I didn't I would totally be surprised.

Metal Pail

 Luckily for you guys, I video'd the process of making the pot, but for those of you who like to read, Im sharing all of the details below!

Now let's get to it!

Step 1: Clean the Pail

So the first and probably most important step is to clean off the pail. The Zinc solution works a lot better when the pail is completely clean and free of grease. One thing you want to make sure you do also is to get all of the sticky solution off of any stickers stuck to the pail.

Is it just me, or does anybody else hate when stores put labels on an item in the worst spot possible. How about putting the sticker on the bottom? So I don't have to spend 30 minutes trying to get the sticker off. Anywho! thats my rant for today.

To help get the stickers completely off, I used windex and that seemed to help a lot.

Step 2: Apply the Zinc Solution

I was so ready for this step because I have been wanting to try this Zinc Solution out for a while. It's been sitting in my house collecting dust and I finally decided to try it out.

To apply the solution, I poured a little bit in a red solo cup and used a regular was rag to apply to the bucket pail.

Zinc Solution - Amy Howard At Home

When I first started applying the solution, I realized it wasn't really turning colors, but after about 2 or 3 minutes of the solution really settling in, I could tell the pail was starting to turn color. So patience, young grasshopper, the solutions works.

DIY Zinc Flower Pot

I applied the solution for about 10 minutes and it didn't take a lot of it to turn the pail. If I had to guess, I could probably do this project to 6 or 7 pails of this size with one bottle of solution, if not more.

Step 3: Tape off Lines

After applying the Zin solution to the zinc flower pot, I let it sit for about 25 minutes and then started applying the frog tape. I have always had good experiences with frog tape while painting walls, so I figured it would be good for this project.

Zinc Flower Pot

Big lessons learned for this part of the project was the ridges on the pail. I didn't press down the tape well enough in the ridges and I got some bleed through because of it. AKA I was rushing from the excitement of wanting to finish. Don't be like me! Take your time and get that tape down right!

It also may be easier to tape the pail if you are trying another design as well.

Step 4: Paint Pail Bucket

After taping the zinc flower pot down, I starting painting the pail bucket with chalk paint. I opted to use chalk paint because its thick, and it drys quickly. I am a lover of chalk paint also, so I may be biased.

Zinc Flower Pot

I have always had a good experience with Rustoleum chalk paint and it is a little cheaper than my beloved Annie Sloan so I would definitely recommend it for people looking for chalk paints.

Step 5 : Drill Drain Holes

Because I plain on potting this bucket pail, I wanted to add a couple of drainage holes to the bottom. So I used my Makita Impact Driver coupled with my Bosch Carbide Drill Bits to get the job done. 

Drilling holes in a Zinc Flower Pot with a Makita Impact Drill and Bosch Carbide Bit

The Makita Impact Driver has a powerful brushless motor that delivers 1,500 in.lbs. of max torque and runs cooler and more efficiently for longer life and the Bosch Multi-Purpose Carbide Drill Bits are used for multi-purpose applications like tile, masonry, wood, metal and concrete. Their sharp diamond-ground edges help deliver high drilling speed on hard materials like this bucket pail. It defintely did it's job here. 

and the last and final step....Pot the plant and Enjoy!

DIY Zinc Plant

I wouldn't be happier with how this DIY Zinc Flower Pot turned out. I'm sure this won't be the last one I make and I hope you guys enjoyed this project. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think? 

DIY Zinc Flower Pot

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DIY ZInc Flower Pot

Thanks for reading guys! XOXO Ashley

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June 08, 2018 — Ashley Basnight