At work one of the things we sell is flowers. We have them in black plastic flower buckets. Probably the same ones you’ve seen in every store you’ve been in that sells flowers.
The person who handles the flowers wants to ‘upgrade’ them. She’d like to replace them with galvanized steel buckets. We did some poking around with our floral suppliers and couldn’t find anything in the size we wanted/needed and, for the moment, the project is on the back burner.
My thought was, and still is, that I might be able to spray paint them. Rust-Oleum has metallic finishes and probably has one that’s pretty close. For four bucks it’s probably worth a shot, right?
I’m not going to get to the this project for at least a day or two so I was doing some research online on how to make plastic look like galvanized steel and was surprised that not only at the lack of posts saying ‘grab some rustoleum and spray paint it’ but just the lack of anything regarding this subject.
So, unless someone sees a hole in my plan, that’s what I plan to do. Grab some Rust-Oleum Metallic paint (whatever is closest to a galvanized steel look), make sure it bonds to plastic, and see what happens. We have plenty of buckets to spare, so that’s not a concern. My worry is that I’m just going to end up with buckets that look they’ve been spray painted silver. I don’t see anything on their page for a galvanized finish, but I’ll have to see when I get to Home Depot, what appears to be the closest. IME, the caps on the cans are usually pretty close.
Come to think of it, a silver metallic crackle or hammered finish might work or she might even go for an aged/distressed bronze look.
Also, this needs to be a quick project. I’m don’t want to be spending more than a few minutes handling each bucket, so, two coats each is fine. However, multiple coats with different types of paint, odd sanding routines between coats, cleaning with acetone…The closer this becomes to a pintrest project the more it becomes not worth it. Time is money when I’m at work.