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Distressed Metal – Flower Container

Distressed metal with chalk paint is an easy way to make metal look old with paint. All you need is paint and sandpaper to get a worn look.

I love the distressed look. It doesn’t matter if you are working with metal, glass or wood the techniques is basically the same for all.

Distressing chalk paint with sandpaper is a super easy way to get this worn look. So, I am going to show you how to do it with this Dollar Tree metal flower container.

All you need is a few basic supplies and you can achieve the perfect aged, worn look on any surface.

Let’s get started!

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Close up of the distressed text on this distressed metal flower container from Dollar Tree

Distressed Metal – Flower Container

If you have wondered how to distress chalk paint on metal then you are in the right place.

Now I did not do too much distressing on this project but that doesn’t mean you can’t. You can sand and sand to get the exact distressed look you are wanting.

There are a few items necessary to get this done.

Materials Needed

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Supplies needed for this distressed metal flower container

Step 1: Prepare and add feet to the flower container

There are a couple of things to do to prepare the flower container.

First of all there are no holes in the bottom. So if you are really going to plant flowers in it you need to drill some holes in it. If you are going to use this for faux flowers or greenery then skip this step.

Next prepare the little wood parts for gluing. This means sand the area where the glue will go. This will help it to adhere better.

Sanding the little wood feet before adhering them to the bottom of the metal container

These little pieces came in a baggie from a garage sale. I knew they would be perfect for many projects so I grabbed them for $0.25. What a bargain.

You can find similar pieces at hobby lobby too. I have used pieces like this to make my mini rolling pins for my tiered trays.

Decide where you want them and adhere them using the E6000 adhesive. This stuff is nice and strong!

Adding glue to the bottom of the wood feet for the flower container

After the feet have been glued onto the bottom of the metal flower container.

Step 2: Spray it black

Next place the flower container upside down and spray the entire thing black.

I like to do this so when I sand off the top color of paint the black to shows through. Although this time it didn’t work as well as before. I am not sure why. You will see later.

Flower container painted with black spray paint and primer.

Let it dry completely. Mine only needed one coat. Yay!

Step 3: Add the chalk paint

In the supplies photo above I had the yellow chalk paint. That was going to be my first choice but I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to go with the blue.

The container with the Dixie Belle Blue paint color.

I love this color.

I used a small brush and painted between the top and the bottom rim of the metal container.

Adding the first bit of Dixie Belle blue chalk paint to the metal container.

This is how it looked after one coat.

The metal piece after one coat of chalk paint.

I gave it one more coat of paint. That covered it well.

Flower container after 2 coats of Dixie Belle blue chalk paint.

Step 4: Distress metal with sandpaper

This is where the magic happens.

Use your sand paper or sanding block to sand the chalk paint and distress the metal to look old and worn.

Sanding the blue chalk paint to give a distressed metal look.

On this project I really wanted the black spray paint to show through. But it seemed like it was down to the silver metal every time.

Maybe I sanded too hard or I needed to use a finer sanding block, but it didn’t turn out as I pictured in my head.

I still love the look I got though. I was not disappointed for long. Now, as I mentioned earlier I wasn’t looking for a lot of distressing on this flower container. I mostly wanted the raised text to stand out with a worn look here and there.

You can see that the text is great but the other distressed parts are down to the silver metal. I may have done more if I had seen the black paint underneath. This techniques is something I have done many times in the past so I am not sure why it did that.

A finer sanding block may have been the answer and I probably should have been a little more gentle with my sanding. Patience may be a good thing in this instance.

But…I still love it.

Step 5: Seal the paint

If this is going to get wet at all it needs a sealer. I am not sure if I am going to use it outside or give it as a gift. But either way I am going to seal it. If I decide to give it away it could still be used outside.

So, I am using Gator Hide by Dixie Belle Paint Co.

The Gator Hide sealer I applied to the metal flower container to make it weather proof.

Poor a small amount into a disposable bowl and use a sponge brush to apply over the paint.

A bowl with a small amount of Gator Hide sealer and a sponge brush to apply it.

I applied two coats of the Gator Hide waiting at least 2 hours between coats.

Didn’t it turn out super cute despite my mistakes in distressing the chalk paint? I think it did.

Finished distressed metal flower container to give as a gift or use in my outside space

Close up photo of the finished metal flower container with a distressed chalk paint finish.

Finished blue distressed metal flower container .

I love it and can you see my cute chalk painted fence decor in the background? It is so colorful.

Distressed Metal - Flower Container

Close up of the finished distressed metal with chalk paint flower container

Distressed metal with chalk paint is an easy way to make metal look old with paint. All you need is paint and sandpaper to get a worn look.

Active Time 2 hours
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2 - $10



  • Paint Brush
  • Sponge Brush
  • Disposable Bowl
  • Sanding Block or Sand paper


  1. Drill holes in the bottom of the metal container if it will be used for real plants
  2. Sand the wood pieces, add some E6000 and glue them to the bottom of the metal flower container to act as little feet.
  3. Spray the outside of the container with the black spray paint. Let dry completely.
  4. Brush on the chalk paint. Give it at least 2 coats letting the paint dry completely between coats.
  5. Use the sanding block or sanding paper to sand off parts of the chalk paint for a distressed metal look. Wipe off the metal when done sanding.
  6. Apply 2 coats of the Gator Hide sealer. Pour some into the disposabel bowl and apply with the sponge brush.
  7. Enjoy!

If you love decorating your own flower pots you will love these from OurCraftymom. How to decoupage with napkins to make beautiful flower pots.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Supplies for the project and the finished distressed metal with chalk paint flower container

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