Before & After: Antique Silverware Holder

This piece of furniture is probably 30+ years old. It was my great uncle’s. And it’s meant to hold silverware! That’s it. Just silverware. For all of us who have 20lbs of silver cutlery lying around, it’s perfect. Not a useless piece of furniture at all. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Naturally, I had to paint it. It was a kind of reddish wood colour that matched absolutely nothing in my house before. My plan was to go with an all-over medium grey paint colour in a shiny finish. When I went to Home Depot to pick up some grey paint, this was the colour they gave me. Not so much grey so I’m kind of perplexed. But I’m still into it. It actually looks like an antique white so it really suits the piece.

And, since I love ‘before and after’ photos (when I actually remember to take a before photo), here they are:

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DIY: Antique Sewing Box Redo


This sewing box is probably over 30 years old (and I completely forgot to get a ‘before’ picture – major oops!). It was my Grandma’s originally, and she passed it on to my mom, who then passed it on to me when I started up sewing. It actually has “Poland” stamped on the bottom which I thought was pretty neat.

I always felt it was kind of ugly. So, when the legs finally broke off a couple months ago my first thought was to throw it in the dump. Good thing I listened to my second, more brilliant, thought, which was to paint it! (My motto: when in doubt, just paint it)

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