Thursday, September 10, 2009

{Copy Cat Met ~ Fall Vignette}

I found the silver tray below at a second hand shop awhile ago.
Because of it's rather large size, 19" x 29," it was easy to spot on the bottom shelf of an overcrowded booth. My heart began to leap as I pulled it out! I was just crazy about this piece! :)

It is quite heavy, and I almost dropped it when I saw the price on it....ONE DOLLAR!!!

Being too cumbersome to carry through the store while continuing to browse, I left it at the front desk. But I was so afraid someone else would latch on to my treasure, I kept circling around to make sure it was still there! :)

However, in spite of it's grand size and intricate design, the silver finish was in really bad shape!
I tried to clean it, but to no avail did it look any better.

So in the style of "Nell Hill", I spray painted it black.
I'm not above copying a really good idea! :)

The tray was then used as a base for one of my fall vignettes.

The black serves a wonderful grounding for the vignette and looks so rich against the deep FALL colors!












For more Thrifty Finds and Transformations,
be sure to visit
Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch
~Rhonda ;)

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." - George Eliot

23 comments:

Amelia said...

Rhonda,

You know the best part of using this tray (aside from the grand looks of the vignette) is when you get ready to dust this shelf...you only have to move one item - the tray? Of course, you need a steady hand so everything stays in place.

Looking forward to more of the "fall" decorating!

Debbie @ The Shabby Bungalow said...

Wow that looks absolutely fantastic - doesn;t it make you feel good when you get something so cheap yet it can end up looking really expensive :) Thanks for sharing

Shelia said...

This looks fantastic! You did good, girl friend!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan said...

I never would have thought of spraying it black!!! I have a large similar one in bad shape too. Could it be sprayed with a silver paint and work as well?

You always share such great tips and ideas. Thanks.
Susan

carolinajewel said...

Great idea! Love the tray and your decorations. I also love your George Elliot quote!!! :D Jewel

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

ooo la la nice!! Great idea and only a buck plus paint...wow. Paint is the new tool they say.

southerninspiration said...

Rhonda, it looks fantastic...I have one similar; maybe I should spray it!!

Suzanne

onlymehere said...

You do have such an eye for beauty! I would never have thought to spray paint this black. I have a sterling silver candy dish that my husband got for being employee of the year before we were married. He gave it to me and I put lemon drops in it and scratched the bottom. I've wanted to get it redipped for years but maybe this is a better option! It certainly would be cheaper! Thanks for stopping by. I just wondered what had happened bz I used to get like 10-20 comments and now I'm lucky to get 3-5. Oh well, it's for a public journal anyway but when I found the cartoon I couldn't resist! Our first home wasn't anything fancy but I have it due to autopost either tomorrow or in a couple of days (I don't remember when and I'm too lazy to look right now). Thanks again for stopping by, I've missed you! Love the vignettes too.

onlymehere said...

Clarification: The post isn't about our "first" home but the home we owned before this one. Our first home was actually a mobile home that we bought when we were married about six months. I truly loved that mobile home! Me

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh girl, this is absolutely gorgeous.!!! Love the bargain tray that looks like a million now. I would have circled the area as well to make sure it was still there. I would love to run across a bargain like that. It is absolutley gorgeous. Guess I already said that huh? lol.. A person sure can't go wrong copying Nell Hill's style. I love all your fall decor. So whimiscal and happy.. hugs ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh girl, this is absolutely gorgeous.!!! Love the bargain tray that looks like a million now. I would have circled the area as well to make sure it was still there. I would love to run across a bargain like that. It is absolutley gorgeous. Guess I already said that huh? lol.. A person sure can't go wrong copying Nell Hill's style. I love all your fall decor. So whimiscal and happy.. hugs ~lynne~

Darlene said...

What a fabulous tray and I love it painted black! Your Fall vignette is gorgeous! I think it is time that I drag all my Fall stuff out!!

Michelle said...

what a beautiful find...too bad it wouldn't clean up but what an awesome thing you did with it..LOVE IT! You have inspired me to put out the Fall decorations now!

Caught up on your post...I'm going to try that apple cobbler recipe. Summer seemed to be busy for us all...Welcome Back!!!

Melissa Miller said...

Oh my goodness! This is soooo beautiful Rhonda! You have truly inspired me to find a decorative tray to add it to my Fall vignette. I'll take pictures and post it when I do this change.

Thanks for your sweet visit today,
~Warmly, Melissa :)

9405018--Pat said...

It looks fantastic...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Tootsie said...

that looks amazing!

Monogram Queen said...

Oh lord I need to get out to some good yardsales or junkshops! I am peagreen with envy over your $1 tray! I love your decor - love it! love it! love it!

Beverly said...

Rhonda, it looks beautiful. And, one dollar! That is a great bargain.

Sue said...

Rhonda,

Very pretty.



Sue

Jeannette said...

Hi Rhonda! Wow, I love it black! It really brings out the edge detail! Your fall decor is gorgeous and now you'll have copy cats copying you!!!lol Nell Hill's Mary would be proud!!! Have a great weekend! (I'm re-reading all my Nell books and the new Christmas ones I bought - well new to me anyway!) Sincerely, Jeannette

onlymehere said...

I have a wonderful idea that is pure genius! If we could just find a way to fly you out here you could help me put some character and life into my home and decorations! Wouldn't that be fun. Maybe you could just fly to Picket's and get a U-Haul and bring the stuff from her shed she's giving away to all her kids (did you know she's moving?), and maybe a few other talented bloggers. I have so many plans but not enough time or $$$ to see them through right now, plus I really hate to paint and my husband likes off white walls. Since I painted the laundry room walls tan I've really liked that room and I want to keep it going through the rest of the house. We could get Tootsie and Jessica to landscape my yard and make it have some curb appeal again. We could also get some of these fantastic quilters I've met to dress up the beds! When we were done we could all go crash at your lake house (love how I not only invited myself but all my blogging buddies?) and just enjoy the serenity and the beauty of your home by the lake! Oh, if dreams could only really come true! For now I'll just be satisfied getting warm fuzzies in my heart as I put up a certain little beautiful pumpkin tassel with my fall decor. I hope to get it done this weekend.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Good Job!
I bet the first sweep of black paint was harder than the second
:-)

New Every Morning said...

What a treasure! I love the sparkly pumpkin in the urn, too!