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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Trash to Treasure TEA Service Makeover ~ A How To...Kindof

I am always so excited when my vision for an item I paint exceeds what I had hoped for. This TEA Service set does just that and more! So I had wanted to share with my blogging friends and followers a TRASH to Treasure Makeover. This particular teaset was purchased by a friend for me at a Garage sale, cheap but I cannot remember the exact cost. Now, usually these are just castoffs, not used any more, someone doesn't like silver or may they have a slight boo-boo or ding here and there. You know what?...that just doesn't scare me at all, in fact I really do believe it adds charm to these pieces and makes their makeover that more special.

As an artist I was so thrilled many years ago when I realized I could paint on Silver plate or differing types of metal. To begin, before you prime and paint, make sure your surface is CLEAN...this is VERY important! To start, for me, I prefer a good spray primer like KILZ or Lowe's Valspar which is a bit cheaper. Now if you use Valspar spray primer and decide to use their spray NEED to use Valspar paint on it or another brand of spray paint may bubble up on your project! Trust me on this, cause I have had it happen, UGGHHHH. Rule of thumb, use the same line of primers and sprays unless its on a Kilz primer. On these types of projects spray primer covers the hard to get areas so much faster and seems to dry quicker. Once the primer is good and dried you can use any type of paint over it. On this project I used a Metal Paint that I picked up at Michael's on the clearance aisle. Painting white is like painting red, you NEED to do many coats to get good coverage.

Once the paint had curred this Tea Service sat for a while on my desk. When I paint, I do not always paint my items right away. I have to wrap my brain around HOW I'd like to look when they are finished and that takes time.
Okay...this above picture I need for you to put on your *thinking caps* and roll with! I Know, this is NOT a before picture of this exact set that I have made over...Ok, you got me, I forgot to get a before picture so I took a picture of my own Silver Service that is in need of a good Polish so you'd get the idea of what this looked like before hand.

Here's a picture of the entire project and each piece that was painted. I have embellished them with my signature roses and then touched the delicate but intricate edges with a hint of blue. I believe final outcome is just stunning!

Now the interiors are all in good usable condition on the teapot, creamer and sugar bowl. So you would be able to use these as well or leave out for many years of display.

SPECIAL NOTE about cleaning these items: To clean these pieces they CANNOT be immersed in water. I cannot stress that enough. Now, I do recommend a damp cloth on the outside and then makig sure to dry each piece very well. They will be sealed, but water can get under the seal and then cause a bubbling or errosion of your sealed items. These should be able to be used for a lifetime with proper care.

I have listed this item in my etsy stop on by there if you are interested.

Happy Trash to Treasuring!!!


Princess Of Pink said...

AWESOME!! I love this, it is so pretty!! Adore the roses and the colors you used ♥

Marilyn said...

This is beautiful.... I have seen several on Ebay using different base colors & different color florals!! Your art is 2die4!!
Love it!!

Connie said...

You are right; it turned out stunning, sugar. The hint of blue just sets it off beautifully.

Holly said...

Pretty! ♥ Yes, there's a joy to be found in a dream come to life- just the way you had hoped!

Bertie said...

Oh sweetie!! This is just beautimous!! Love how the inside is left luminous and original. You do wonderful work and are so lucky to have been touched by God with such a talent.

Aunt May's Cottage


Hello Lorena,
Yes...that is lovely and of course you did a wonderful job!!! Thanks for the tips about painting on silver.
Deb :)

Vicki said...

Hello, Lorena,
You did a wonderful job on this tea service. I love the colors you used and the yummy roses! Thanks for sharing with us. Have a good week. Vicki

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Gorgeous. The roses arrived and they are over the top lovely! The blue roses are so pretty. I love them all...thanks!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Lorena,
What a lovely trash to treasure you have created. It turned out stunning!! I just love the colors.
You are so talented and gifted with the paint brush sweet friend.

I too enjoy to paint these sets and have several to finish at the moment, but my list is so long, it might be awhile. LOL!! We share the love of painting on silver.

Hope you have a great week. Happy creating!!
Love, Celestina Marie

Lee Laurie said...

So beautiful! I love the colors and your roses are awesome!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Sweet Lorena! This is such a gorgeous teaset!! Oh,my!!! I love your style of roses & the hint of blue really does add so much interest. You wrapped your pretty lil' brain real good around this project! Just stunning!

As much as I love polishing silver, I wish you could zap me over to your house so I could shine up your tarnished silver for ya!! Then we would have to sit & chat ~ wouldn't that be fun?!?!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Katie said...

LOVE the blue, so pretty.......

Holly said...

Hi, Lorena! Sometimes I miss Mt. Rainier so much that it hurts!

For sure do the Q&A1 It's fun! ♥

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Lorena!

Thanks for stopping by and meeting Reggie & Ronnie!

I've had so much fun catching up with your posts! This tutorial on how to paint old metal pieces is fabulous!! I'm going to bookmark this post of yours for future reference. Nicely done.

Also loved your ideas on hankie display. I have many from my mom, grandma, & aunt and I hope to make a hankie quilt with some of them. they are so lovely & sweet. I have it all in my mind, just need the time!!

Big hugs, Sherry