Today, we’re sharing how to easily paint and age a silver plate serving tray!
As this season inches ever closer to the next, I find myself checking our home goals list to make sure we’re on track. The list is mostly meant to be a guide of makeovers and tasks we would like to complete this year. However, we understand from the get-go that things come up and our priorities will probably be dictated by our busy schedules.
I’m currently waiting on my Dad’s schedule to settle down a bit so we can finish the bigger projects on our list of goals. In the meantime, though, I’ve started crossing off the smaller more decorative projects that can be finished in an afternoon. That way, by the time the bigger projects are underway we don’t have to wait on the more menial tasks to be completed.
Crossing Items Off Our Home Goals List…
One of those tasks is styling the bookshelves in my office. Earlier this summer, we decided to change my home office back into a bedroom and the bedroom into my office. Thankfully that project is close to being finished.
Last month, my Mom came over to style the office bookcases and we decided one of the shelves needed something large in scale like a platter. But it needed to be bigger than a standard ironstone platter or plate. We also need something that had a bit of age or patina on it.
Searching for Just the Right Piece…
For several weeks we searched our favorite antique malls, charity shops, estate sales and big box stores to no avail. I finally decided to search my inventory stash and found a silver-plated serving tray we had picked up at a charity shop years ago.
The serving tray had beautiful curves and was the perfect size too. It also had been well loved over the years and had started to rust in a few spots, so I didn’t mind giving it a bit of DIY love at all.
This project is a quick and easy project that can be completed in no time, let me show you how….
Painted and Aged Silver Plate Serving Tray Supplies:
- Serving Tray (this one was a thrifted find for a few dollars)
- Spray Paint (color of your choice)
- Proper Safety Gear for Spray Painting
- Dark Furniture Paste Wax
- Clear Furniture Paste Wax (optional)
- Wax Brush
- Fine Grit Sandpaper (optional)
- Tarp (to protect surfaces)
Painted and Aged Silver Plate Serving Tray Steps:
Make sure your tray is completely clean and free from dirt and debris. Using caution and care, in a well-ventilated area, spray the tray with your choice of spray paint.
I prefer to spray multiple thin coats of paint whenever I’m doing projects like these. The biggest key is to remember is you need to allow the paint to completely dry in between coats. You can read our spray painting 101 tips and tricks post here if you’re new to spray painting or need a refresher.
We used Rust-Oleum in Heirloom White with a satin finish. I would say it’s more of an off white than a true white though so keep that in mind if you decide to use the same color.
Once the silver plate serving tray was dry, I applied a coat of Annie Sloan dark furniture paste wax with a wax brush to give the tray an aged look.
The wax brush will definitely help you get into all the nooks and crannies, especially if your tray has a lot of detail work like this one does. You can learn how to clean your wax brush here.
My best advice is to work in small sections and in a circular motion. Also, if you mess up and the color is darker than what you had originally envisioned, you can always apply a layer of clear furniture paste wax as it will act almost like an eraser of sorts.
Creating Additional Patina…
If you want to age your tray even further, you can lightly sand with a fine grit sandpaper.
Allow the wax to harden or cure as per the directions on the can of wax before handling or using your silver plate serving tray as a display piece. I think it goes without saying this tray is not food safe.
Displaying a Painted and Aged Silver Plate Serving Tray…
Honestly you guys, you can use a tray like this in so many different places from a bookcase to a vignette or even on your coffee table. White is my absolute favorite color and I love layering aged patinas with everything from ironstone to old books.
I’ll be pairing this painted and aged silver plate serving tray on my bookcase with several other ironstone tureens.
But I couldn’t resist using the tray as a backdrop for the aged book pages we made
and with the milk glass inspired cake stands we created too.
What we love about this project is that it can easily be customized to fit the décor you already have in your home in just an afternoon. It doesn’t require a lot of materials or even special skills. The only thing you really need is some spray paint, wax, a block of time and inspiration.