It is easy to Galvanize!


One of my favorite things to do is to make anything look galvanized.  I have a lot of farm house decor in my house and anything galvanized fits right in with that.  Galvanized decor is expensive and I wanted to be able to make something on my own that did not cost a fortune.  Now I will tell you, I have tried using spray paint to do this but spray paint and I do not get along.  It runs or will not cover my object.  So I have been trying different ways to get that galvanized look without costing me a fortune.  I wanted to be able to do this method with anything and while it is not a fast method, it does work really well and I have great results every time I do it.

With this being the start of a new year and my 40th birthday being in January, the first thing I wanted to make this year was some inspirational plaques to keep me motivated thought the winter.  I wanted these plaque to fit in small places like on 3-tiered trays or as filler decor.  I think these plaques do just that.


You will need Dollar Tree square plaques.  These are in the stores almost all year long.  They come in several different holiday prints or just as regular everyday decor.


Also on the supply list is some sand paper, a scraper or spatula, and some kind of sponge.  All of these can be found at the craft store or Dollar Tree.  These tools are in my craft room at all times and I use them often.


Finally, you will need paint.  I use the Waverly Chalk paint as my primer and to set a solid base at the start.  Then I start the faux galvanizing process with the metallic paints.  These are all from FolkArt and I get them at Walmart along with the Waverly Chalk paint.  The metallic paints that are shown here are Brushed Silver, Sterling Silver, Gunmetal Gray, and Sequin Black.  Please use what ever silver or gray toned metallic paints you have on hand.  Walmart does sell them though for pretty cheap.  Major craft stores will carry versions of these paints too. Now onto our project!


I started by scrapping off the key and heart from the plaques.  Sometimes these come off really easy and other times you have to really work at it.  The heart came off easy and I set that aside for another project.  The key came off in pieces.  They each left a small spot that needed to be sanded before I could paint them.  The surface does not have to be completely smooth but I wanted it to be some what even.


Once the surface of the plaques were sanded, I used a baby wipe to wipe them down.  I then took a Dollar Tree trinket tray and put some of the Waverly White Chalk Paint in it.  The brush I am using is one with short bristles from Hobby Lobby.  You can get them on sale all the time.  I feel the short bristles help to apply the paint better and gives a thicker coat.  I applied one coat of paint just to prime the plaque so the next layer of paint had a great base to stick to.  Do not worry if you can still see the words through the paint because after the next step it will be gone.  Let the white chalk paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.


Now it is time to get a bit messy.  In a Dollar Tree trinket tray, put some Waverly White chalk paint, 2 to 3 shades of silver paint and the black sequin paint in it.  To get the galvanized look, you want some of that paint to mix when you load up your sponge.  So having it in a tray like like this will help.


Place your sponge in the paint and use a bouncing motion twisting the sponge as you go to get the different paints on the sponge.  Do not bounce the sponge a lot because if you do, you can mix the colors to much and things will become muddy.

After your sponge is loaded with paint, start to bounce it on the plaque.  Twist the sponge as you go so some of the the paint will mix and blend.  I normally start of the sides of the plaque first and them move to the top.  Do one full coat of paint on the plaque and let it dry.

This is after the first coat of paint was dry.  You can still see some of the white chalk paint but you can also see the patterns and texture in the paint.


And this is what it looks like after 2 full coats.  From here I will go over any spots I do not like and add to it with the paints.  I really like a big contrast between the white chalk paint and the black sequin paint.  The shine and the matte finishes are what make it look galvanized.

Now it is time for the words and phrases.  I have 4 plaques that I painted but I will only be using 3 of them today.  I knew I wanted to use something from Rachel Hollis because, for me, she screams motivation.   From there I got onto Etsy just to see what I could find.  I found one quote that was about crafting that I loved and another one that was just inspirational.

I am doing this step with a Cricut for a few reasons.  I am not a great painter so I did not want to try and free hand this.  I also did not have any stencils.  If you can free hand this please do it.  I think that would add a lot of charm to these plaques.  If not and you do not own any kind of cutting machine then you can use stencils or print out an image and color on the back of the image with pencil or chalk.  Then place the image word side up on the plaque and trace it on to the plaque.  After that use a paint pen or paint and a brush to fill it in.

I used Oracal 651 vinyl and cut out all my phrases in white.  I also cut a few detail pieces out in red holographic vinyl to make some things pop on one of the plaques.


I applied the vinyl and these are the finished products.  I love them and have them sitting in different places in my home.  It is just the inspiration I was looking for to motive me in this new year and something that can say up no matter what season it is.  They look galvanized and match my farmhouse style decor that is all through my home.  I will, for sure, be making more of these to transition into different holidays.

Thank you for joining me in this tutorial.  Please look for Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs on Facebook and Instagram.  Join me on Friday for a Valentine’s Day tutorial that will tie in with this tutorial.

Have a great day!

Melissa McGuire


List of Supplies

Scraper-Dollar Tree

Sand paper-Dollar Tree or hardware store

Brush sponges-Dollar Tree, Amazon, Craft store

Trinket tray-Dollar Tree

Paint Brush-Hobby Lobby

Square Plaque-Dollar Tree

Waverly White Chalk Paint-Walmart

FolkArt Brushed Silver Metallic Paint-Walmart

FolkArt Sterling Silver Metallic Paint-Walmart

FolkArt Gunmetal Gray Metallic Paint-Walmart

FolkArt Sequin Black Metallic Paint-Walmart

Cricut Air 2-Michael’s Craft Store

Oracal 651 White Vinyl-Michael’s Craft Store

Cricut Red Holographic Sparkle Vinyl-Michael’s Craft Store

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