Farmhouse Decor

Dollar Tree Cookie Sheet Transformation – Amazing faux galvanized metal technique that will fool anyone!

It’s amazing how a simple cookie sheet from dollar tree can be transformed into a beautiful Faux Galvanized Service Tray with just a little paint and a couple pull knobs. I do use some power tools in this tutorial, but will also show you an option without power tools.

Remember to check out the link to a full video tutorial of this DIY at the bottom of this page.

Here’s what you will need.

  • Dollar Tree Cookie Sheet
  • Dark gray Acrylic Paint
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Metallic Silver Anniversary Acrylic Paint, FolkArt Brand
  • Rust-Oleum Clear Gloss Spray Sealer
  • Sanding Block
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paint Brush, 3/4 inch
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Dremel and Cut Off Wheel bit

The first thing you will do is remove the label from your pan. If there is and sticky residue left behind you can use some rubbing alcohol to remove it.

Now you will use your sanding block to sand the surface of your cookie sheet. Make sure to get all the way around the edges and rim of your pan. You will also want to get the outside edges of your pan.

Once you have it completely sanded you will want to clean your pan from any sanding dust and any oils that may be left. To do this simply use a rag with some rubbing alcohol on it.

Now you will drill your holes into the handles of your pan. You will want to use a ruler or tape measure to find the center of your handle. Once you have located your spot to drill, place a piece of scrap wood under your handle for support and drill your hole.

Now that your pan is prepped, you can start the painting! You will first use your dark gray, I used Craft Smart brand Graphite Gray from Michael’s. You will use a dry brush technique. To do this you will just add a small amount paint at a time, dip your brush into the paint only getting a small amount of paint on your brush, dab your paint brush to remove some of the paint. Now dab your brush onto your pan, making sure to cover your whole pans surface including the edges, rim and outside edges.

Once your gray pint has dried you will repeat this step with your white paint. If you get too much paint on, no worries. You can use your sanding block to lightly sand some off the excess paint off.

Next you will pour a generous amount of the Metallic Sterling Silver paint onto your pan. Spread it evenly around your pan.

As your paint starts to dry you will dab your brush all around your pan, continue this until your paint completely dry’s. This will give your pan a slight texture that will help you to achieve the galvanized look. I used a heat gun to speed up this process. You can use a heat gun, hair dryer or just let it air dry, either way you will want to add the texture.

Next you will want to seal your pan. I used the Rust-Oleum brand Clear Gloss Sealer. You will want to use two to three coats of sealer. Make sure you use a gloss finish to give it the right look.

You will be amazed how much this really looks like the real deal! The photo above is a galvanized letter sitting on top of this faux Galvanized Tray!

You can now add your knobs by screwing them through your holes you drilled. I found my knobs at Hobby Lobby, but you can get yours anywhere you’d like.

The screws for your knobs will be longer then you need them. You can use a Dremel tool with a “cut off wheel” bit. When cutting your screw off there will be a lot of sparks, don’t let them scare you, they really are harmless. Make sure to wear safety glasses during this step and always follow manufacturers warnings when using any power tools.

Your Faux Galvanized Service Tray is now complete! Next I will show you the handle option using no power tools.

If you still don’t want to try this with the tools, here is an option using jute rope from Dollar Tree. Tie two tight knots about 5 inches apart from each other. Cut the extra rope on either side of your knots.

Now add glue to the bottoms of your knots. Just a couple dots of hot glue to give it an immediate hold and some E6000 for a longer term, more durable hold.

Attach your glued knots to your handle one both sides of your tray.

Which ever handles you decide to go with, you will be sure to fool anyone with this Faux Galvanized Technique!!

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