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How to Upcycle a Vintage Serving Tray Using Decoupage

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.

Materials Needed – Decoupaged Vintage Tray Wall Art:

You’ll find a printable set of instructions at the end of this post.

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Step 1: Antiquing Fluid

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

Upcycling old silver tray

Wash tray in soapy water and rinse well. Using an old towel dry the tray.

upcycling an old silver tray

Then use a microfibre cloth to buff.

Step 3: Gold Gilding Wax

green paint for Upcycle project

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

Decoupage project

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.

Finished Upcycled Vintage Tray Wall Art

Upcycled vintage tray
Upcycled vintage tray

Printable Instructions

vintage serving tray upcycled with decoupage

How to Upcycle a Vintage Serving Tray Using Decoupage

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: 40


  • Vintage Tray
  • Patina Antiquing Fluid Solution
  • Gloves
  • Gold Gilding Wax
  • 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)
  • Chain


  • Decoupage Brush
  • Pliers
  • Microfibre Cloth
  • Old Toothbrush
  • Sponge


  1. Use an old toothbrush to apply antiquing fluid across your tray.
  2. Wash your tray with soapy water and dry with an old towel before the next step.
  3. Buff with a microfibre cloth
  4. Using a small brush apply gold gilding wax to the decorative ornate areas of the tray.
  5. Cut out motifs in craft paper for your decoration and apply with PVC glue
  6. Once dry, use a small sponge to dap green paint around the edges of your decoupaged motifs
  7. Once your paint is dry, varnish the whole tray to seal in your work.
  8. Attach hanging chain

If you liked it, Pin it to your Upcycling or Decoupage board!

wall art from old silver tray using decoupage

This Guide was written by Rachel Grey of Bramble & Berries .


Instagram: @brambleandberries

Want to upcycle some more vintage kitchen items?

Check out our DIY Kitchen Makeover Ideas for inspiration.

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