Silver plated tray turned beachy chic

June 21st, 2010 in member junk     
Kliff Kliff, member
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Here is the stained, tarnished, and unloved silver-on-brass, ornate tray.  I tried cleaning it up, but it wouldnt cooperate.  So, I got myself some paint and some glass tiles....
...and prettied it up a bit.  Id thought about making some sort of beachy mosaic in the center, but a) I couldnt come up with a design, and b) when I painted it the scrollwork etching on the surface looked really cool - I didnt want to cover it up!
See the scrollwork etching?  I also used an old plastic necklace piece of costume jewelry, and Gorilla Glued it to the border of tiles.  I gave it all several coats of clear sealer spray, but the paint still likes to chip off if you but look at it cross-eyed.
I just love how the carved designs POP with the paint.  They looked so heavy when it was just in silverplate.
I tried to sell this in a consignment shop, but it didnt sell in 3 weeks, so I reclaimed it before the shop could claim ownership after 30 days.  Im told many people looked at it, but didnt nibble.  Ill keep it for now....
Here is the stained, tarnished, and unloved silver-on-brass, ornate tray.  I tried cleaning it up, but it wouldnt cooperate.  So, I got myself some paint and some glass tiles....

Here is the stained, tarnished, and unloved silver-on-brass, ornate tray.  I tried cleaning it up, but it wouldn't cooperate.  So, I got myself some paint and some glass tiles....


Here I tried my hand at a little tiling and painting over silverplated tray.  I'm sure I'll get better at this, but this piece took me over a week to make - I was so afraid of goofing up that I overthought every decision.  I'm pleased with how it turned out, despite the excessive worrying and deliberating (with myself) that it required!


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Karen Bush
posted in: member junk, metal, cottage, fun, chic, beachy

Comments (7)

T_barnett22 writes: You should try cleaning really well with mineral spirits and scuffing the piece with scotch brite pad. Then before you paint you should use a. Zinc based primer Posted: 9:38 pm on July 23rd
msjunking writes: Thanks for your comment on my posting!! The box is wooden and not lined so I think the fire box is out but,I would love to know what this was used for. I see that you're from Virginia~~~what town?? We might be neighbors!!! Posted: 5:45 am on February 14th
dmfuller writes: A tip on painting silverplate--to prevent the cross-eyed chipping....TSP the whole thing--TSP is a degreaser found at the hardware store. Then wash with soap and water--rinse throughly and let completely dry. Then use Valspar/Krylon/Rustolem--what ever is on sale GREY MATTE primer for all surfaces--several light coats should be plenty--then paint it whatever color you want--the grey background makes other colors pop (including creme or white!) I like to paint things completely the primer grey color, then use Matthew Mead's technique of color washing the piece with watered down paint, rags and brushes--dilute latex paint 50/50 with water, brush on, wipe off, let dry, repeat until you reach desired color--I am to ADD for this--so I mix 1 part paint to 3 parts water and put it in a spray bottle--spray on, brush/wipe off! It goes much faster!

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
www.shabbyfrenchcottage.blogspot.com Posted: 7:08 am on June 24th
RedheadedWahine writes: This is so beautiful. I love it. Posted: 2:14 am on June 23rd
suewhitney writes: Very pretty. What a transformation!

Be Well
Sue Posted: 12:35 pm on June 22nd
RustyDiva writes: Don't be discouraged that it didn't sell ~ its' gorgeous. It just hasn't found the right owner yet but it will. Great job. Posted: 11:21 am on June 22nd
folkrrt writes: What a beautiful piece that has been nicely transformed. Great overall use of color. I like the "after" version much better. Keep up the good work. Posted: 9:37 pm on June 21st
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