Hello amazing friends! I’m quickly nearing the finish line of my current haul of goodies with just a handful of pieces left. This 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.
How to paint a silver tray
The first thing I did was give this silver tray a good cleaning with White Lightning. It is a degreaser and a deglosser and will remove anything you don’t want that may have been hanging around on those old silver pieces.
Prep the Metal for Paint
Then, I reached for Slick Stick. It is specially formulated to help paint to adhere to non-porous surfaces such as metal, glass, laminate, etc.
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 lacquered finish.)
Then, I applied a second coat and left it to dry overnight.
Ready for paint
This silver tray is now ready for paint!
My first choice for painting these trays is usually chalk paint, and then I like to shabby them 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, a beautiful Silk Mineral Paint color, to give it a softer look.
I used my Best Dang Brush to apply the paint to all those details:
This is typically used to apply wax, but the large, flat head works amazingly well on those ornate areas. (Just be sure to rinse it out soon after you’re finished painting for easier clean-up.)
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 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 y’all remember this mirror?
I combined three pieces to create it. You can see more of that HERE.
I hope y’all 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 y’all 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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