Hello amazing friends! Can you believe I have been working on my current haul since November?? I am quickly nearing the finish line though with just a handful of pieces left! It really was the Biggest Thrifty Haul of them all! Today, I’m sharing how to paint a silver tray using this gorgeous, ornate silver tray that I’ve had for a couple of years:
I paid $9.95 and have actually used it in our Christmas decor:
But, it was time to do something with it.
Prepping metal for paint
The first thing I did was give it a good cleaning with White Lightning.
In the past, I have sanded the metal really well and used Rustoleum spray Primer. This time though, I reached for Slick Stick. It is specially formulated to help paint to adhere to hard surfaces such as metal, glass, laminate, etc.
Following the instructions, I applied one coat of Slick Stick and allowed it to dry for two hours:
I did it at the same time as I was painting this mirror, which had a thick laquered finish. Then, I applied a second coat and left it to dry overnight.
Ready for paint
The silver is now ready for paint! I was really tempted to paint it white and shabby it up. That is by far my favorite look, especially for something that has all this delicious detail!
However, I chose Conch for this piece instead, another beautiful Silk color, to give it a softer look.
I used my new Best Dang Brush to apply the paint to all those details:
It works amazingly well on those ornate areas. I used a regular brush to paint the underside, but I actually brushed out the rest of the top with the Best Dang Brush also:
I allowed it to dry for two hours and then added my second coat.
Adding some bling
Once it was completely dry, I pulled out my Gold Gilding Wax to give it a little shimmer. I just used my finger to apply it to all the raised areas:
I used a glove since the gilding wax is oil-based. It will be dry in about 8 hours and ready to buff in about 12 hours.
There is no need to seal the new Silk line of paints since it has a built-in topcoat, so that was it!
It has a much softer look now…
This would be perfect in a bedroom or even a baby’s nursery, holding all those baby essentials.
The gilding wax adds just a hint of bling…
Do ya’ll remember this mirror?
I combined three pieces to create it. You can see more of that HERE.
I hope ya’ll enjoyed this quickie makeover today!
I am enjoying crossing it off the list!!
See any you may have missed at the links below:
Painting the Smalls, Holiday Edition (Five of these pieces are in this post!)
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure Girls sharing what I did with this little magazine rack:
Hope to see ya’ll then!
UPDATE: See how sweet this magazine rack turned out HERE now!!
Have a fantastic weekend out there. I’m going to try, but I’m pretty sure taxes will be involved, so we’ll see ha ha!
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