Remember I said I had a plan for that pile of silver pieces from the winter garage sale?
With the addition of some greens and some ribbon …
I used the tray on the bottom of the pile and the creamer and sugar to create this …
I used hot glue to attach the lid to the sugar bowl so that it stays on. I can always pick the hot glue back off if I ever decide to turn it back into a functioning sugar bowl.
I saw this idea on pinterest and it immediately popped into my head when I saw the silver pieces for sale so I decided to make one myself. I get most of my best ideas from pinterest!
I hung this tray between the two windows in my dining room.
I turned the second silver tray into a chalkboard.
Fair warning, I had a little trouble with the sharp chalk pencil that I used for my design scratching through the paint. Although you wouldn’t notice it unless you look really closely. If I had stuck with regular chalk I think I would have been OK.
I hung it over the Belgian bench in my dining room with some fresh evergreen branches tucked in the top.
And the last tray I bought because I couldn’t resist how pretty it is.
It’s the perfect size for catching water draining from a geranium that I am over-wintering in the house.
Do you ever bring geraniums in for the winter? I love having just a few around because they remind me that summer is never really that far away. The trick is to trim them way back when you bring them in to keep them from getting too leggy in the weak winter sun. Place them in a bright and sunny window. Mine sometimes even bloom over the winter.
I see a lot of silver pieces like these at garage sales and thrift stores. No one seems to want them for their traditional purpose, but if you think outside the box you can still make use of them. Do you have any great ideas for using vintage silver in an unexpected way?