How often do we have something silver-plated tucked away under a shelf no longer being used because the tarnished surface is too difficult to clean? Or we're out thrifting and we come across a beautiful silver-plated tray and yet the finish makes us turn around and walk away. About 3 1/2 years ago I had a beautiful silver-plated tray that I just couldn't get clean. I tried for 2 weeks and it still looked pretty bad. I then tossed it aside thinking I'll do something with it some day. A few months went by and I pulled that tray back out. The lines were so beautiful and yet the finish was horrible. As I sat and pondered what could be done, it occurred to me that I could possibly transform that tray by painting it. If it didn't turn out very well then I hadn't really lost anything. I wasn't using the tray in the condition it currently was in anyway. Paint adheres to so many surfaces to I thought this might just work. And WOW, did it ever work! My first tray was beautiful and Sold immediately to a local artist. I knew I was on to something.
I've painted many silver-plated trays over the years and each and every time they are exquisite. When hand painting a tray, it's important to ensure you have smooth brush strokes and not to overload your brush. Allow to dry completely in between coats. Once the tray has been painted, you can hand sand the edges to showcase some of the silver-plating, you can add glaze to highlight the trim work, or you can do both and the results will always be stunning. Once your tray has been completed, be sure to put a top coat on it to protect your work. The results are always beautiful and now you have something worth showcasing in your home for years to come. Happy Painting!