Friday 4 April 2014

Reworking Silver Pieces

If you come across some silverplate that is absolutely ruined, it still can work great in craft projects. Pieces that have intricate detailing or style can find a whole new life, even if the original finish is beyond saving.

This tray was a throw out except that I liked the fretwork and I spray painted it gold for a Christmas display a few years ago. It was time for a repaint. ~

It took all of 5 mins. to repaint it in Wild Orchid craft paint.  One coat covered nicely. ~

I added a couple of raffia Easter bunnies, some plastic grass, a candle and piled it high with plastic eggs. ~

What, you aren't seeing eggs piled up in there?  That's because The Barbarians swooped in on either side of me and grabbed them as fast as they could.  They ran  ... I chased.  They swooped again, ran again and I chased again.  Twenty rounds of this madness and I gave up.  I'm sure I'll find the eggs the next time I move furniture. sigh  I don't think they fully understand what blogging is all about.  Use your imagination or show up here next time I attempt something like this and stand guard for me!

I snapped a pic of this idea that I saw at an auction.  This serving dish must have lost it's liner and someone has cleverly turned it into pin cushion for hat pins.  I may keep my eye out for a baby christening cup to turn into a pin cushion.

Next time you come across a piece of silver that you think has outlived it's usefulness, take a good look at the lines and see if you can't give it just a little more life.

Just so you don't think too badly of my barbarian kitties, Clara Jane helped me with my photo shoot.

She's added her favourite pipe cleaner toy to the display. ~

How could I possibly stay mad at that sweetheart for long!


  1. Old silver sugar and creamers make good pincushions too. I have made a couple of them, one is felted with a dog lying on a little rug. Was fun to do!

  2. I like the purple paint on this old piece. Fun. But, bad kitties. Oh my. They are a terror aren't they? Have a great weekend.

  3. Love how cute this piece is in purple!! I have some that need a paint job also. Oh we do love our furry one's don't we and yes they think the blog 'displays' are for them to play with.
    hugs, Linda

  4. Oh Maureen ... what will it be like without those sweet kittens ... boring? Love your tray and your bunnies. It's a wonder that Clara Jane did not take the bunnies too.
    Have fun.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. LOL- Cats are SO funny, Maureen. I like that they listen to their own inner voice and, basically, ignore us. Cute display. I have repurposed a couple of those silver goodies, too, but have always spray painted. Love what you did there- xo Diana

  6. I have the same tray given to me years back by my MIL. I think it looks pretty with a coat of paint. I love seeing all the Easter decorations now. It gives us hope for warmer weather. "Hi Clara Jane"

  7. Ahh how sweet that Clara Jane is helping you out !
    I love the idea of the painted silver. I've painted old brass before, but I love the bright colour you used on the tray, it gives it a whole different look, and those bunnies are adorable.

  8. Has Clara Jane ripped the heads off the bunnies yet? :P I know how rambunctious kitties can be. I think the pipe cleaner adds a nice touch. =D


  9. Oh you can get the eggs back tell the grand kids its an Easter hunt, they'll love it!. I love the pin hat idea except I don't wear hat pins. Your display is so pretty and springy, the purple really does make it look fun.

  10. Oh Clara Jane is so sweet, Two of our cats love to play with pipe cleaners too. Your tray turned out great. That shade of purple really says spring to me.

  11. Ha... never thought of painting old silver. Great idea.

  12. old silver painted is so pretty..I love it soft pale pink

  13. What a perfect spring shade! I do often see silver that is pitted and this is a perfect solution!