Savvy Silverplate Tray Updo & A Springy Vignette

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Silverplate trays are a staple at thrift stores.
Easy to find, often they have great "bones,"
       ...elegant shape, ornate filigree, no dents or missing feet or handles.
But most have severe surface tarnish, the kind that won't come off with any amount of elbow grease.
You know the ones!

{Update ...Please let me clarify, none of the "good stuff" was harmed in this project!  I love the look of natural tarnish, but what I'm referring to is "tarnish" due to surface damage, unattractive spots and areas that can't be cleaned or polished.  I only paint pieces that paint can enhance! :) }

{Picture below borrowed from Google Images}

Such a waste!?!

Oh no, never, the trays can be beautifully transformed with a little spray paint.

With the help of Valspar Max Anti-Rust Primer and Valspar Color Radiance Gloss Meadow Spring,
I was able to give a $5 Salvation Army find a beautiful updo, to be used as the base of a Springy
Vignette, to welcome special guests at the lake house over the weekend.

In keeping with the Nautical theme of the home, to the vignette I added a starfish
paired with a brilliant blue footed bowl (an auction box lot find,)
placed on a vintage linen napkin, found in a set from eBay.

The fresh arrangement was purchased from our local big blue box store,
and housed in a white milkglass hobnail vase.
I found three of these vases last week for $3 a piece, what a deal!

And don't you just love the pretty vintage'y pink carnations?

Just a few random shots...

Spring is just around the corner...
Hope you all are able to find some bright springy cheer, however big or small,
in this last bit of winter!   "smiles"


Linking Post To:
Mop It Up Mondays @ I Should be mopping the Floor
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style


  1. Oh, I love what you did to your tray. Did you have to seal it so it wouldn't chip? I love your pretty flowers and what a deal on the pretty milk glass vase.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  2. What won't you think of next?!! Great job giving new life to this tray. Oh, and I for one and definitely ready for spring!

  3. Wow what a great idea for tarnished silver. Love your hobnail vases with flowers and what a deal! Have a wonderful day!

  4. I would never have thought to spray paint one of these old silverplate trays! What a great idea, and your vignette on it is very pretty!

  5. I love the way your tray looks now! I will keep this idea in mind as I go through my collection of sadly tarnished silverplate.

  6. Looks great, but not sure I would have been able to do that to a silver tray! lol Lovely centerpiece.

    I hope you'll come see My Daughter's Master Bath Redo! #83 at Met Monday.


  7. Wow! Rhonda, you have the neatest ideas. Love the talent.

  8. Thanks for sharing such a great tip, Rhonda! Your Spring-y vignette is lovely ... the coastal touch is a fun addition, too! Now, where are those warm temps?!

  9. I'm a lucky one...I like the look of tarnish. For those who don't, your solution is great. It sure looks great!

  10. Great transformation on the tray. Love it as a base for such a wonderful vignette. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  11. Hi! I just found your blog through Hometalk and I saw that you were in winterville. I am in NewBern NC & I was just in winterville today picking up some chalk paint. Happy to have found your blog & wanted to introduce myself!

    Liz Marie

  12. I should try this. Your tray is beautiful Rhonda.

  13. Great vignette -- so fresh and Spring-like! Adore how you transformed the old tray.

  14. Wow...never thought to paint a silver tray..or anything silver for that matter...beautiful!! are many old pieces that are silver-plate cannot be why not paint...I have seen them painted with chalkboard paint in the center, but never totally painted...I love this!!!

  15. I love this! It was a fantastic idea to paint the tray. Someone made me a chalkboard paint tray and it is really cool. I love your flowers, too!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. You have a lake house, too? I have to have a peek around your blog! :)


  16. LOL I love your disclaimer: None of the good stuff was harmed in the writing of this post ;P

    I love your vignette! That last photo should be in a magazine.


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