Wednesday, August 19, 2009

DIY with a KISS

What's KISS to you? Keep it simple, stupid? Keep it simple, sister? Keep it simple, sweetheart?

Whichever you choose, keeping it simple is about all I've been up to lately. Life has been complicated, what with getting my son off to college, so DIY projects have needed to be simple. Easy. And quickly finished.

And boy, have I got a KISSable project for you!

Do you have silver-plated pieces that perhaps you received as wedding gifts or picked up at yard sales that are languishing in the cupboard, waiting for someone to polish them? Go get them. And spray paint them. You will love how easily they paint.

But JUST IN CASE you might be the kind of person who gets a little impatient with painting at times but that's-okay-because-you-like-things-a-little-chippy, try this. Spray paint your silver things, then distress the paint job a bit.



I was painting this darling little tray for a hostess gift (yes, I took a photo of the tray before I filled it with truffles and wrapped it; don't you do that?). And a tiny piece of paint flecked off the edge. As I walked to the garage to get out the Heirloom White can again, I realized that I liked the little bit of silver shining through. So I took a piece of fine sandpaper and distressed the edges of the tray. And I loved the result!

I found a couple of other pieces that I knew I wouldn't be wanting to polish. Just look at this oval bowl before--it had obviously not seen the Wright's Silver Cream in a long while.



But look at it now! A great nest for some of our favorite fun-size goodies.



See the edge up close? The silver peeks through in the coolest way.



And this tiny Revere bowl is great for holding pocket change. I decided to go with black for it.



I just loved these projects--so simple, so fast. Almost instant gratification. No, I didn't polish the pieces before I painted them. And now I'll never have to polish them again!

Check out all the fun projects at Kimba's and at Gina's!

17 comments:

Jessica Morris said...

Very nice!! I don't have any silver pieces, but yours look fantastic painted!! I love the black one best :)

jojo said...

you are so brave! I would have never thought of doing this, but I have several pieces so you've got me thinking about it.

Shelley said...

Brave girl. I may have to give this one a try, I certainly have enough silver that I NEVER polish.

Terri said...

So brave. So freeing. Love it!!! Blessings!

Carmen said...

I have one silver tray that I purchased at a thrift store. I'm not sure I want to paint it though. I'm not feeling THAT brave! Love your projects though.

Cheri Peoples said...

That looks so much better. I reallt like the edges roughed up as well.

I started a new KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT party and I bet you have some things to put in the party-it's every Monday. I hope you come over and become a follower and subscribe and I will do the same.
Cheri
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Sunny said...

Coming over from ASPTL...

Hey, that's a great idea! not just paint over the silver but to distress it a little - leaves a little bling on it!

Katie Kubler said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on mh blog! Be sure to follow so you can see when I post new recipes& projects! I'm glad you copied the basil chicken, it's AMAZING! happy blogging!!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Yep, spray paint transforms ANYTHING! Love those ideas.

Lynn said...

what a great way to update outdated pieces...and eleminate the need to polish.

The Neppers said...

I love the distressed look. It fits perfectly.

shelly said...

LOVE it!!! These are gret transformations! KISS is one of my favorit sayings!

Crystal said...

I love the silver "chipping" through, wonderful.

I have a poll up on my blog about my BIGGEST decor dilemma. Come on over and vote, I need all the help I can get!

http://imnomartha.blogspot.com/2009/08/first-poll-ever-to-paint-or-not-to.html

sonya said...

Cute Richella! I have several old silver plate pieces but I just can't bring myself to paint them.

On another note? How are you holding up? Doesn't it just feel like someone is missing??????

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Ahhhh...the wild joys of spray paint!

Renee said...

Great!!!these are all great transformation...thanks for sharing...
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