Orphan Silver Pieces Become a Family

It is so much fun to cruise thrift shops, flea markets and antique stores looking for bargains that we can exercise our creative muscle on. One of the things that we always stumble across are random pieces from silver plated tea sets. These pieces aren’t really worth much and usually started their life as part of a set but over the years got separated from the other pieces in their family.

These pieces are usually solid in their construction and have beautiful and sinewy forms but they just aren’t part of a group. With a few products and a little paint we can make them go together so that we can use them in our decorating. We can upcycle these orphan pieces and make them part of a family again.

The steps to accomplishing this goal are quite simple.

1.) Wash all of these pieces with hot, soapy water. Dry well.
2.) Apply one coat of Heritage MultiSurface Sealer to all of the metal pieces.
3.) Apply a couple coats of paint, perhaps picking out some of the interesting details in the silver.
4.) You can stop at step 3 or if you like to paint or want to stretch your creativity, you can paint a lovely design on these silver pieces to really create some lovely art pieces.

Following are a few of our new families of silver pieces. We use these at various places in our house and at various times of the year. We have had the opportunity to sell these sets but these are part of our permanent collection. We just love them.


 So the next time that you are thrifting and you see that random, sad, forgotten single piece formerly from a silver set, snatch it up, paint it and enjoy.  Thanks for the visit.

Until next time,


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