Hello awesome friends! Are y’all ready to continue wading through this lot of thrift store treasures with me?
First I want to wish my sweet Mama a very Happy Birthday!!
Ya’ll might remember when we surprised her a couple of years ago for her 70th birthday. I shared a quick clip of the surprise here:
Two of our siblings and their children had flown in for the surprise so she was really surprised!
Happy Birthday, Mom!!
Ok let’s get to it!
I had a couple of requests to share the silver tray next, so I am back today sharing what became of it.
Here is how it looked before:
Something happened to this beauty at some point, and I’m not sure there was a fix for that discoloration. I see a lot of silver pieces at thrift stores, but this tray in particular caught my eye because not only were the curvy lines of it beautiful, but it had four dainty feet to elevate it just so as well. And even though it was a bit pricey at $6.98 for the condition it was in, I really wanted to bring it home and give it some love!
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Now there isn’t much you can do to a metal tray to transform it except paint it, so I did my best to turn it into a piece that someone might love again:
I stayed with my beloved white for this dainty piece because no other color seemed appropriate for it, but I added my favorite stripes for a sweet new look:
And there’s those dainty feet I mentioned…
Before taking a brush to this tray, I cleaned the surface with lysol wipes and let it dry. Then I busted out my small HomeRight spray shelter and gave it a good coat of spray primer:
Yes my poor spray shelter has been used a lot, I mean A LOT.
Don’t rush the paint job on these metal pieces. I let this dry completely overnight. Then I gave it two coats of DIY chalk paint in Behr’s Bit of Sugar made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)
Again, I let that dry until the next day. Then I used FrogTape for delicate surfaces to add the stripes:
I found this jar of Fusion Mineral Paint in Pebble in my paint cabinet. It is a soft gray and just perfect for this piece. I pulled the tape off immediately after my second coat went on:
Once that was dry, I sanded very lightly using 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding block. Then I sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
These trays have the prettiest details…
This would be sweet on a dresser, on a coffee table, just about anywhere now, whereas the silver wasn’t quite as versatile.
Only a few more small pieces left from this thrift store lot!
Now that this group of fun finds is almost complete, did y’all enjoy seeing these pieces transformed one by one like this? It made it easier for me since I knew I had to choose something from this group to work on next.
If you missed what I made over for my Mom for Mother’s Day, it was this lovely cabinet I found at the thrift store:
See how I redid this cabinet just for her HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with the magazine rack:
And the spice rack!
It’ll be a two-for since they’re smaller pieces. 🙂
UPDATE: See these two simple makeovers HERE now!
If you missed any of the previous redos from this haul, you can find them all linked below:
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If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!