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Harriett Hendren: Galvanized metal comes indoors

Metal, that workhorse of materials, is making its mark as home décor, with retailers offering furniture and accessories that feature finishes that are galvanized, bolted and weathered for an artfully industrial look.

Once a mainstay of farms, where it was used for buckets and water troughs for cattle, galvanized metal has become the darling of home décor both inside and out.

Metal cattle troughs and trash cans have long been used by urban gardeners as inexpensive containers for trees and plants. Crate and Barrel promises a weathered look for its sleek, modern galvanized steel planters if left outdoors.

Pottery Barn's recent spring catalog featured an entire collection of galvanized wares including planters, serving trays, a three-tiered food stand and a rolling party cart.

But shoppers in search of utilitarian chic can incorporate metal pieces indoors as well as out.

At Restoration Hardware — which despite its name offers upholstered sofas and chandeliers, not plungers and screwdrivers — a recent collection of metal-clad furniture was inspired by World War II bombers.

The company's Aviator wing desk has a patchwork of polished aluminum over a hardwood frame accented with steel screws. Other pieces include a leather office chair with aluminum exterior and the metal-clad Aviator bookcase.

For a classic retro look, try a round wall clock from Home Depot featuring a galvanized metal rim.

Hardware stores and big-box DIY giants are great sources for the budget-minded to find galvanized metal products. Look for affordable buckets, trash cans and other items to use around your home.