Galvanized buckets and tubs were stacked high in our garage, waiting for their yearly scrubbing and disinfecting. . . .During the summer, they're in use outdoors in and around the farm. . . .Every winter, we try to give them a good cleaning. . . .That's been my chosen task for the past few days. . . . Rubbing and scrubbing. . . .
I was surprised to read that the galvanizing process dates all the way back to 1837. It was discovered that a coating of zinc would make iron and steel more rust resistant. By the 20th century, this process had made wooden buckets and tubs pretty much obsolete. . . .but not without some resistance. . . .
From the New York Times, July 25, 1915. . . .
"The old oaken bucket and the familiar washtub have been almost displaced by the galvanized steel articles that are much cheaper though not nearly so serviceable or lasting."
I think they lasted a lot longer than expected!
I cleared out the dishes in the tub on the 1930s hutch and filled it with tablecloths, runners, and napkins. . . .An old fryer basket became a bowl for apples. . . .a nice look with the blue and white transferware. . . .
I grabbed a few pewter plates for a backdrop in the open space of the side cupboard. . . .
. . . .and added an aluminum water pitcher, too. . . .
By this time, I was getting the hang of it. . . .
You don't have to live on a farm to enjoy the age and beauty of old farm stuff. . . .Unadorned and simply finished, they fit in well with many styles of decor--Shabby Chic, cottage, rustic, modern--just about any decorating style. . . .
Seems to me, every home could benefit from a little galvanized patina. . . .They create a look that's fresh and interesting. . . .plain and simple. . . .
Don't have any pieces of your own? Then get out there and scour thrift stores, flea markets and antique malls. Or, check out Etsy. . . .or, Ebay. . . .
(above: from Old Time Pickers on Etsy)
I'm sure many Etsy shops carry galvanized items. . . .Feel free to share your favorites with all our "farmhouse" friends in a comment below. . . .
Now that I have this project finished, I can get back to my rag rugging without feeling guilty. . . .I haven't forgotten my promise for a daytime Farmhouse Bath Reveal or the Tips on Rag Rugs. . . .They're coming soon--just need to put on some finishing touches!
. . . from my farmhouse to yours. . .
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