DIY Updates for Vintage Silverplate - Trays, Teapots, Silverware & More

Silverplateis in abundance these days! About 30 years ago it was the go to wedding gift for new couples. Most of it, we have found out, was hardly used in those 30 years and the now 55+ empty-nesters who are downsizing and cleaning house have lots to unload. Over abundance makes the once pricey must-polish pieces not so valuable in price but ultra valuable in style. I like mine tarnished and worn but with a little creativity and paint you can turn old silver into a new favorite!

We did a quick look up of some favorite silverplate redos. We credited the source where possible with a link back. If you would like more info about where the images came from just shoot us a quick message. Thanks!
Silverplate Tray Clock - Drill a small hole for the motor & hands, paint or use decals for the numbers.

Silverware Spoons make a great wind chime. Hammer them flat & get more "bang"

Hammed Spoons added to wood plank makes a great coat rack

This one is super easy - chalkboard paint the inside of a silver tray

Old ice bucket turned pretty planter

Silvers Spoon Chandelier - Ohhhh Laaaa Laaaa

Silverplate Fork Place Card Holder - So easy!

Love this one! Silverware Herb Markers. The etching would take some doing but I have seen similar pieces sold on Etsy.

Silverplate Tray Wreath - A vintage wonder!

Silverware Handles Turned into Napkin Rings

Ok this one is not silverplate but we loved it so much - A galvanized bucket turned bench - the hardest part would be to cut an oval wood piece for the top, then just reupholster.

Silverplate teapot embellished with beads & silverware for a patina-ed wind chime
Upside down teapot turn wind chime

Tray & Serving fork turned hat rack

Another pretty silverplate tray

Silverplate rimmed bowl with base added - painted too!

Silverplate tray with decal lettering (you can print your own decal using transfer paper)
Before & After teapot, spray painted to perfection!

Silverplate Teapot & Tray turned lamp. Purchase a wiring kit from your local lamp or hardware store.

We would LOVE to see your silverplate transformations! Email us at info(at)phantasticphinds with images and we will add them to this blog. Happy Silverplate Hunting!!!  ~Angela


  1. Wow! This is great innovation of vintage silverware. I really appreciate your way to explore beauty of sterling tableware. I love these sterling silver tea sets which are absolutely sound investment for family’s future. They are eminent for their sterling, silver plate and Silver flatware.


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