Galvanized Planter with DIY Rust

Do you use rust in your home decor?  I've always been drawn to it's texture and it's history.

History is written by time.

If you don't have the time to wait on rust, I can show you how to achieve it in just a few hours.



This planter was shiny and new when I bought it, but that didn't work well with my style.  I was able to transform it with a few household ingredients.  

1/4 Cup White Vinegar

2 Cups Peroxide

2 Tbs Salt

I poured the vinegar into a plastic container that was large enough for the planter to sit in.  I laid it on its side for an hour (or two), then turned it over so the other side could come into contact with the vinegar for another hour (or two).  You will see a reaction beginning to take place.

Throw the vinegar away and add the peroxide and salt to same container.  Just as before, put the planter on its side and then turn.  After just a few hours, you will have rust on your galvanized planter

To be honest, I didn't use the exact measurement as stated above.  I used a whole bottle of vinegar and a whole bottle of peroxide and threw some salt in. I needed more than 1/4 cup of vinegar in order to submerge at least one side of the planter at a time.    This recipe would be great if you were rusting small items such as keys.

I then used blocks of Styrofoam to fill in the planter.


Then added moss.



And finally, faux greenery.  


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Instead of years, I was able to transform a shiny planter in just hours.  

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Ladders are a great way to add some rustic elements to your home decor.  We carry two types in our booths and always have a few handy to add versatility.


Here we used our block rung ladders to hold vintage linen.  This would be beautiful with several colorful linens scatted among the rungs.


Our second ladder, shown below,  with flat angle rungs are a great option for larger items such as blankets or throws in the living room or bedroom, and bath towels in the bathroom.


We stain some and we paint some, just depends on the mood I'm in.  I LOVE to mix custom stain colors and the options are endless when I start mixing paint, you never know what colors you will find on our ladders.

Can't make it to one of our booths?  No can find these ladders and much more in our Etsy Shop:  ThePaintedLadderCo



Welcome to Inspiration Overload, this is our inaugural post, and I'm so glad you found your way here!  My name is Lorna and this is the place to be for inspiration. We own 2 spaces in 2 great vintage markets in North East Arkansas and we'd love for you to follow along and get an inside look at how we do things.  Join us on our journey and together we can find some great things to bring character to your homes.

We'll have behind the scenes look at items before they hit the booth.  We'll also offer ideas and tutorials to give you ideas on how to use your treasure.  We want you to be able to make a beautiful home for yourself, your family, and all those who enter.

Let us help you tell the story of your life through the things you find, create, & curate.  Let's inspire each other!

Here is a peek at what we do.  

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