Making a Stencil Multidimensional on my Faux Galvanized Pail

Did you see Tuesday’s project about painting a pail to look like Galvanized metal?  The pail turned out wonderfully but it was still missing something.  using paint to get a faux galvanized metal lookBack in the day (as my niece likes to say) household items were made to last.  People usually had very few possessions and cherished those they did.  Since common items, like buckets and pails, were used regularly, people frequently added some sort of identifying mark to them to keep them from disappearing.

After painting my metal pail to look like an old galvanized metal bucket, I wanted to add an identifying mark to it.  By adding something like an address or street number, it would help to give it even more of an authentic look.  Using Frech Script stencil on a painted pailI found this Deco Art Americana Decor Stencil, Cafe Paris and thought that the address part was perfect.

When stenciled words look multidimensional, it gives them more of a hand painted look.  To achieve that multidimensional look, you need to use the stencil twice.  The first time you will use a dark colour that will act as the shading and then a lighter one to highlight.

To get that look on my pail, I used the same Fusion Mineral Paint Ash colour I had originally painted the pail in first and then Casement, a white from the same line.  first layer of a French Script stencilThe Ash colour stencil layer didn’t need to be precise so I wasn’t concerned about making it perfect.  That layer would simply serve as the shading on the final lettering.  Adding a second colour to stenciled French wordsOncethe Ash coloured stencil layer was dry, I re-applied the stencil moving it slightly to the right of where I had placed it originally.  By putting the stencil in a slightly different spot, the darker colour would look like I had added dimension to each letter.  flowers in a painted pail with a stencilUsing the stencil twice to create that dimension is a quick and easy way to get a hand painted lettered look.  pained pail to look like galvanized metal with a French Script stencil on the sidean old metal pail painted to look like galvanized metalNow that my collection of metal pots is growing, I can’t wait to fill my balcony with flowers and greenery! a collection of metal pails that will be used for flowers

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How to make a stencil multidimensional on Galvanized Metal Paint

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  1. I’d love to expand my collection of metal pots, cheaply Would this technique work on the black plastic nursery pots?

    1. Yes absolutely Barbara. That’s why I started doing it… because I had all of these random nursery pots (plastic) and was tired of them looking all crazy 😉 I love the look of galvanized metal but wanted to use what I had so began painting them. If you are going to use them outside (as all of mine were) I would use a paint with a top coat built in (like Fusion) so that it holds up to the elements. I am in Canada and I used the Fusion and it held up beautifully through all of the seasons. I haven’t tried latex on them but it would probably hold up too. Have fun painting your pots!! I’d love to see them when you’re done 🙂

    1. Thanks! It certainly was a lot easier than outlining it with black once the white was one 😉 Anything to save time and make things easier is great in my book.

  2. No, I did not see Tues. post about making paint look like galvanized metal!! Amazing–made more amazing by the awesome stenciling you added today. Love. It. Thanks for sharing it (and your frame wreath) with us all at Vintage Charm 🙂

    1. Aww thanks Diana! I have a new infatuation will all things galvanized so am excited to perfect a way to paint some of things I already have to look like it 😉 Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Hope you are having a lovely week!

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