Hello, lovelies!! Today I’m sharing how to easily paint a silver tray. This tray is part of my current haul, and I picked it up for $10 at a yard sale at the start of the season:
I didn’t even try to bargain…that was a great deal on this tray!
It is silver plated and quite heavy, but what I love about these silver pieces are the gorgeous details on them. They are just begging to be painted!
How to Easily Paint a Silver Tray
It is a degreaser and will remove any old gunk your tray may have accumulated over the years. Be sure to swap out your water for clean water and wipe down one more time to rinse any remaining dirt residue.
Prep with Slick Stick
Then, I prepped with Slick Stick. Slick Stick is a bonding primer that will bond your paint to non-porous surfaces like glass, laminate, metal, etc with NO sanding required!
- Apply one coat and allow it to dry for two hours.
- Apply a second coat and allow it to dry overnight.
That’s it! Again, no need to sand first.
You can get right to painting the next day! For this tray, I chose one of my favorite Dixie Belle colors, Sea Glass:
I gave it two coats for solid coverage.
I had no plans to distress this one, but even so, you want to be sure to lightly sand your surface. Just the lightest sanding will smooth out your surface like butter.
These sanding sponges are perfect for this step!
Of course I couldn’t resist adding a transfer (or two!) to this pretty tray!
The Somewhere in France transfer is a larger transfer that comes with three sheets:
Or, you can cut it apart and use the pieces on lots of smaller projects! I love to combine gold lettering with floral transfers like I did on this desk.
For this tray, I chose just three lines from this transfer:
Well, only half of one line there, and then I cut the word Paris for the bottom to even it out.
Then I used just three pieces from the Magnolia transfer for this tray. To get into that corner more easily, I used the smaller popsicle stick to burnish it in place…
Occasionally, I have had liquid sealers pull funky pink colors through on metal, so I tend to use wax on these pieces instead. After applying it with the brush, I buffed away any excess with a clean, soft, cloth. You can apply it with a cloth also, but the brush makes it easier.
One more step to go!
To highlight all those gorgeous details, I used Gold Gilding wax:
Here is how this beauty looks now!
And how about how it looks actually in use…
It’s a shame to cover it up, but still pretty!
The gold Gilding Wax really adds that touch of glam…
And how sweet are these feet??
I love these transfers together…
You can see that I added a bit more magnolia transfer to that bloom on the bottom to extend it a bit.
Keep adding and layering transfers any way you like!
You don’t have to stick to trays; You can paint any silver pieces you like.
Here’s a small pitcher I did a while back as part of this smalls post:
I used one of the mini Classic Vintage Labels transfers on that piece.
Here’s another silver tray I redid a couple of years ago:
You can see how that one turned out HERE.
I’ll be back on Tuesday with a BRAND NEW round of smalls!
Update: See what I did with this bunch HERE!
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends!
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