It was, but it did not work as well. See the ICCF21 paper.
It seems for me, internal strain (leading to Storms's dislocations and nanocracks) is important for to have cold fusion work. Compare also Piantelli's whiskers and ENEA Fusion lab work with their palladium samples, mechanically tortured before use. Mizuno's rough protocol could fulfill this condition better than just electroplating. I'd also try electrolysis with his nickel mesh samples. After all, it's not system so different from classical Patterson cells, which no one still attempted to replicate.