And 5 Fun “Tin” Items You Can Order Today!
I just returned home from a few days in Round Top & Warrenton, antique and flea market heaven in Texas! And everywhere I turned . . . TIN WAS IN! You may be wondering how or why you would use industrial metal in your home decor. Galvanized metal, commonly referred to as tin, is a silvery thin metal, often aged and rusty, that is most often associated with industrial uses such as farm equipment; however, it seems to have more and more decorative uses every time I look around! And yes, I brought home some tin from Round Top! I’ll be publishing a new blog post about specific items I purchased very soon in other Round Top Round-Up posts!
Round Top/Warrenton is one of the most desired antique destinations for collectors, high-end dealers, and decorators, both commercial and personal, in all of the country. The spring show is usually from mid-March through early April, and it brings 50,000-100,000 people to this small community which boasts a population of 90!
But back to the widespread use of tin, or galvanized metal. It is everywhere, and not going away any time soon!
In the years past, tin was used in many ways both in town and on the farm, for residential use and industrial use. You might remember a corrugated tin roof at your grandparent’s barn, or on your house, or even a watering can used for the garden. Since we are Harvesting Home, let me share a few ideas with you about how to use tin in your décor!
Farmhouse décor has brought about an explosion of popularity to galvanized metal. But it is so much more! You cannot walk into your local hobby/craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby without seeing it used in a variety of ways. One key to the use of tin throughout your décor is that it really is foundational in both its color and texture, so it can be used in many settings such as a traditional farmhouse decor or a more modern industrial look. I have seen it used for ceilings like the tin squares in older establishments, and now it is often used as backsplash material in kitchens rather than tile. It is easy to cut and install, and it commonly more affordable than tile.
The signs are telling us that tin is here to stay, literally. In fact, the explosion of the use of signage in a variety of decorating schemes shows that tin can be painted, hung on a wall, reinvented for new use, etc. At one time or another I’ve had tin birdhouses, decorative churches with metal trimmings, and many other decorative objects. Honestly . . . no kidding here . . . I think there were tin/galvanized metal objects in at least 80% of the vendor booths at Round Top and Warrenton – and there are literally hundreds of dealers. Here are a few pictures of my Round Top/Warrenton visits so you can’t see a little variety.
The Spring show at Round Top & Warrenton features hundreds and hundreds of booths, and I saw tin ranging from nostalgic Americana, to classic European imports, to fun painted yard art from Mexico.
New shiny silver galvanized metal, or old rusty tin? Which is best for home décor? Great question! It all comes down to your sense of style, the context in which you are using it, and the other related items in your décor. I personally like to use the older look with a little rust and a story attached to the piece.
I personally love a little rust! The weathered look does well in many farmhouse-styled homes. As I write this, I can see the vintage bicycle propped against the tree outside my kitchen window. What makes it so special? The rusty metal seat and the cute, rusty basket sitting atop the handle bars that I fill will flowers every spring and summer. I can’t wait to share the new, “old” piece that I purchased! The idea is not original to me, but I think it is going to be something that will definitely be a statement piece in my family room.
If you cannot get to Round Top or a similar flea market/antique show in your area, check out these 5 fun tin decor items for your home that you can order today. Wayfair has hundreds of items that are made of tin/galvanized metal.
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Four Light Drum Chandelier
Farm Metal Wall Rack Plant Holder
Square Tub Beverage or Plant Stand
Galvanized Iron Entry Organizer
Keep your eyes open for ways to use this seemingly timeless galvanized metal in your décor!
Share some ideas in the comments below about how you have used tin/galvanized metal in your décor!