Step 7: Cover the edges

Fold the metal over the planter’s top edge, tap flush against the inner walls, and secure with nails. To preserve the patina and prevent more rust, apply an exterior-grade polyurethane sealant such as Rust-Oleum American Accents Clear Top Coat Spray.
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    Tools List

    • hammer
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet
    • metal cutting snips
    • mason's brush
      Wire brush
    • gloves
    • dual cartridge respirator

    Shopping List

    1. Vintage embossed metal ceiling panel
    (about $10 per square foot at salvage yards)

    2. ½-inch pressure-treated plywood

    3. Plastic planter insert

    4. 1 ½-inch finish nails

    5. Steel tacks