DIY Aged Galvanized Washtub

How to add character to a brand new washtub when the real-deal is not a deal!

Every now & then life gets ahead of me & I find myself taking an unscheduled break from my YouTube channel. When I say ‘break’ what I really mean is grad school is killing me & I haven’t been able to film.

I’ve decided that if I can’t find the time to film I’ll at least get more blog posts up. This way I won’t leave any of you hanging & I can fill any gaps of time between videos. *I also get bonus points for some much needed (therapeutic) DIYs.

So this week (*Weeks? Who knows anymore?) I tested out a little project I found buried in my Pinterest boards. I’ve had my eye out for a vintage washtub to hold any blankets/extra linens but unfortunately for me, everything I’ve found is $80+. Sometimes I can talk myself into spending an extra amount if it’s something I’ve been really obsessing over. But something in my gut was quite literally saying “hell no!”. So off to Pinterest I went! I found helpful projects here & here but ultimately used a mixture of both.

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Project inspo from Yvonne @StoneGable Blog

For this project you’ll need: galvanized washtub, gloves, Zep Acidic Toilet Bowl Cleaner/Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, steal wool, something to make a mess on, & a little bit of patience. I’ve provided the links to everything you’ll need for this project but I also recommend shopping around & determining if any of these items are cheaper in store.

Working in a well ventilated/protected area cover the outside of your washtub with the Zep cleaner. Don’t be afraid to go overboard since the more you use the more aged your tub will look. I let the product sit for about 30 minutes before I began rubbing it down using the steal wool.

Cover tub with Zep & give it a good rub down with steal wool.

The aging of the tub depends on the chemical reaction between the metal & the acidic cleaner. I’ve also read that doing this project in the sun really helps to speed things up. I did this on a particularly overcast day & it seemed to take much longer than what I was reading.


After about an hour I gave up on the Zep cleaner & turned to the Lysol other Pinners used.
The Lysol worked much faster but I’m not sure if this is because the Zep cleaner broke things down for it. I almost wish I would’ve tried Lysol first since I had that on hand but you can decide if you’d like to use Zep, Lysol, or both.

The Lysol worked much faster (again, can’t be certain of why) & I was able to have the project washed off & air drying in no time at all. I was a little worried of the patchy design I was left with but it started to on me the more I looked at it.

Rinse off product & allow to air dry

Once it’s dry you can add any blankets/linens & you have an aged galvanized washtub at a fraction of the price you’ll find in store. I also added some rubber casters from an old project so it can easily be moved from one spot to the next.

To do this, simply trace the holes of your casters & pre-drill holes for each attachment. Then add each caster with 1/2″ nut/bolt combos.


Total cost of aging this metal tub came in at just under $25.

Feel free to leave any questions down in the comments & let me know if you’ve ever tried this method of aging metal. I found it very easy just a little time-consuming for my level of patience. However, it’s definitely better than paying full price!

Don’t forget to share this post, follow for more projects, & thanks for reading!


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