Do you have an old vintage silver serving tray that you just don’t use – no need to master the art of afternoon tea – you can Upcycle it as a unique piece of wall decor.
This guide was written by Rachel Grey of Bramble & Berries.
- Vintage Tray
- Patina Antiquing Fluid Solution
- Old Toothbrush
- Gloves should be worn. Naughty me didn’t!
- Microfibre Cloth
- Old Towel
- Soapy Water
- Gold Gilding Wax
- Small Paint Brush
- Floral Paper or motif of your choice (this can be old wrapping paper, cut from a magazine, or decoupage paper)
- PVA Glue
- Varnish (Polyvine)
- Chalk Paint (Green)
- Spray Paint (Black)
- Decoupage Brush
Step 1: Antiquing Fluid
Lay newspaper down to protect surfaces and wear protective gloves.
Using an old toothbrush dip into the antiquing fluid and gently brush over the silver tray to give an aged effect.
Step 2: Wash
Wash tray in soapy water and rinse well. Using an old towel dry the tray.
Then use a microfibre cloth to buff.
Step 3: Gold Gilding Wax
Use a cloth or paint brush to add your gold gilding wax to the ornate areas, a little goes a long way so use sparingly. Use a soft Microfibre cloth to buff up the gold gilding.
Step 4: Prepare Your Decoration
Cut out your floral paper and place where you think the design would look good, once happy turn the paper over and add PVA Glue using a decoupage brush or old paint brush.
Step 5: Green Paint!
Once your design has dried, cut up a sponge and start to dab your green paint around the floral details.
Step 6: Varnish
Once your paint is dry and you are happy with the end results, varnish your tray to seal in your paint and decoupaged flowers.
Step 7: Preparing & Adding the Chain
I spray painted the length of my chain using Montana Gold brand in Jet Black.
Once the chain had completely dried I attached the chain using pliers to clasp together the rings around the tray.
Want to upcycle some more vintage kitchen items? Check out our DIY Kitchen Makeover Ideas for inspiration.