How to Age New Galvanized Metal & Make a Vintage Window Memo Board

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Did you ever have an idea in your head – try to make it work – but it kept fighting you.  But, you didn’t give up until you got it the way you wanted?  Well that is the case with trying to figure out how to age new galvanized metal for my vintage window memo board.   After a whole lot of trial and error – it finally came together.

Rest assured, my love for making something new out of something old is still in full swing.

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And lucky for you, I figured out many things NOT to do when aging new metal sheets.

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But in the end, I learned what does work and I love how it came out.

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And here is how you can do the same…

Materials and Tools Needed:

Vintage Window

Metal Sheeting (details below on aging new metal sheeting and what to get)

Work Gloves

Eye protection

Metal Snips

Flat Head Screwdriver, hammer and pliers

Tape Measure and Straight Edge

Miter Box

Thin wood for strapping

Small Nails

Hanging Hardware

Magnets / Accessories

 

Step 1 – Prepare your window

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My window still had the pieces of trim together that were previously holding the glass in place.  In order for the metal sheet to lie flat, I needed to removed the back piece of trim.

Using gloves and protective eye wear, I used a combination of pliers and tapping a flat head screwdriver to removed all of the trim.

 

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Step 2 – Cut Your Metal to Size

Measure your window and cut the metal to the appropriate size.  I used a combination of a tape measure and a straight edge to cut mine.  Be sure to cut to the outside of your line to not cut your piece too small.

 

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Step 3 – Attach Wood Strapping

Now you need to your hold your metal in place.  Cut thin strips of wood to size using a miter box.

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Attach them (I used four) across the back of the metal using nails attached at an angle.

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Step 4 – Attach Your Hanging Hardware

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Step 5 – Hang and Decorate

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I used some magnets from the craft store and glued them them to a mix of vintage pieces I had in my stash.  From a blue bottle that now works as a vase to dominoes and a small measuring cup.

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The vintage knife flower holder was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law and it already had the magnets on it.  Isn’t it so cute?

I pulled some hand written recipes from the cookbook given to me at my wedding shower and put them front and center.  A few state and French flashcards, a fun green car, and a vintage hook for a towel and I was done.

 

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Okay, now for the part about the metal.  Below is a picture of what I was looking for but didn’t find the first time out.  This can be found in Home Depot in the PLUMBING SECTION.  When you show up on a Saturday night, 15 minutes before close, you might not find someone who knows where it is – even if you know what you are looking for and describe it in great detail.  This sheet costs around $9.

 

 

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I ended up buying a piece of regular sheet metal that cost $19 and that is what you see in the picture.  This type of metal is found in the same display where you find the slotted metal pieces that you would put on a radiator cover.

I used the same technique on both sheets and I love the results of both – but they are slightly different.  The sheet metal came out more white.  However, they both have the appearance of weather galvanized metal.

To get the aged look on metal – galvanized or not – place the sheet on a garbage bag outdoors or a work area.  Make sure it is a flat surface or prop up the edges to contain the mess.  Make sure it is well ventilated, there are no pets around and you use gloves.

Use toilet bowl cleaner in a gel formula ( I used Lysol).  Coat the whole surface with the cleaner and leave it.  Check on it every two hours or so until you get the desired look.  The ended up leaving the sheet metal overnight to get it where I wanted it.

For the galvanized sheet, I found on one side it seem to only work in some areas and left other areas shiny.  However, the underside that was in contact with the garbage bag and where cleaner had dripped onto, worked all over.

My best guess is that maybe each side is treated differently.  Next time, I would put it IN the garbage bag and place the cleaner on both sides.

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I love how it came out and I see more galvanized projects in my future.

And if you want to see another project I recently finished in my kitchen stop by to read about my DIY Console Table.  Can you see the yummy hand writing that we found on the wood?

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  1. Laura love the window. i have to share a story that happened to me on the 2nd of May.I work with handicap children and was bringing them to meet the bus for school,when pulling into the parking lot i spotted a trailer sitting there with old windows and doors I got so giddy ,I know silly right. I came home to get Booker my goldendoddle so he could go to the groomer. This is the day i get alot of running done without leaving Booker at home or leaving him in the car to long. I stopped back at the lot to see if the trailer was still there it was and i was going nut,s.So i ran home and wrote a note and put it in a envelope and put it under the chain on the trailer in hopes someone would get it and call. It was lunch time so took myself out and just happened to stop back .There was a car that pulled in next to the trailer so i sat there (i,m watching them and they me) When they got out of the car i ask if they know who owns the trailer ,We do , We can move it if you like,No No i just wanted to know what you are doing with the windows and doors selling them or going to the dump,Selling ,So you know the rest of the story and i got a great deal.Now thank you for the idea. I have old recipes from my late sweet mother inlaw and biscuit cutters,measuring cups and this will be fun to do. Thanks again Laura.

  2. Love the window, and LOVE the magnets! Having a stainless-steel refrigerator, I miss getting to hang notes and “stuff” on the ‘frig!! That would be a GREAT solution!! THanks, Laura!

  3. turned out gorgeous!! PINNED! Christine from Little Brags

  4. I LOVE the window project and I have a metal piece I’ve been wanting to “age” so this was perfect timing. Thanks, Laura, and Happy Mother’s Day!

    Jeanette

  5. I love this look, it turned out great. The little accessories you added make this piece!

  6. I love it! This was the perfect post for me… Just yesterday I bought a metal sheet for my son’s magnetic board that I promised him about a million years ago. I was hoping to make it aged and loved reading about your trick. Thank you! Can’t wait to try it this weekend…

  7. LOVE this idea! I need to do this with some of my old windows…ASAP! :)

  8. What a neat idea, and so different from the typical chalkboard craft ideas. Love the little magnets, too.

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