Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Before....

Before the holiday this past year, I bought a set of beautiful vintage silver plate silverware. It came in this really abused chest. The chest is very sturdy and has great lines, but it definitely needs some work.

The stained finish is all scratched and flaking off. There are gouges in the wood. I thought about covering the top in mosaics, but decided against that. So I am painting it. I am going to try to do a decorative finish on it too.

So far I have the first coat of paint on. Hopefully I will have it done in a few days. Wish me luck....

My new post at Home Goods is up. We are participating in an Ultimate Blog party. Come visit, take time to leave a comment then click on the link for the party and visit the host site, where you can register for great giveaways. You will find the link on my Home Goods post....don't forget to leave me a comment there too :-).
Welcome Home,


  1. Good morning and happy 2nd day of Spring, Penny!

    That silver chest has such great lines. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  2. Oh it is going to look great with your touches. I could already see it now and the lines are great. Have a great weekend Penny. Take care.

  3. Oh wow, I cannot wait to see the finish piece …

    Great box,


  4. oh that little chest will be gorgeous when you are done with it-everything you do always comes out wonderful! I'm headed over to homeGoods-thanks for the heads up!
    Have a nice weekend friend~Tam:D

  5. The lines of this little box make it full of possibilities, I look forward to seeing what you do with it Penny!

  6. Penny,

    I am sure you are going to come up with something very creative and I can't wait to see!

    I have just found a Home Goods about 15 miles away and can't wait to go. I will probably put a serous dent in my bank account! Am on my way to your website!


  7. penny,

    when do you sleep?

    looking forward to the "after" pics!!!

    happy spring

  8. Looking forward to seeing it made over Penny, its a wonderful looking case! Rachaelxo

  9. There is not a doubt in my mind that when you finish with this interesting piece, it is going to knock our sox off!!
    xo bj

  10. Hello Penny,

    Can't wait to see the finished look. I'm sure with your talents it will be fabulous.

    Have a happy day


  11. I wonder how one goes about putting molding around a mirror??

  12. Can't wait to see what you do w/ that. You're right, it does have good lines. I'm having a giveaway over at my blog. Be sure to come by and enter, if you haven't.

  13. I am sure that whatever you do to it, I will be drooling. I think I need to invest in a bib whenever I peek at your blog. :) You are so talented and creative!! Thank you!! :)

  14. I cannot wait to see the after. You do beautiful work, Penny. Amazing!! I can tell by your art that you love it!!

  15. Since finding one of my own...thankfully, in very good shape, I've been surprised to see so many of these in the flea markets and they're selling for a song. I'll be interested to see what you do with it because I may want to copy you! Enjoy your Sunday, Penny!

  16. I know you are going to do amazing things to it! Jen

  17. Penny, I am quite anxious to see what you do with this piece. The lines on it are exquisite.


  18. Happy Sunday, Penny! I shall go over there and visit.

  19. Hi Penny,
    Happy Spring! That box is going to be gorgeous. I can't wait to see your decorative.

    Thank you for stopping by the The Spring Cookie party today. Always great to see you.

    Have a great week.
    hugs, Celestina Marie

  20. Hi Penny,
    It is great to be blogging again and thanks so much for visiting me! I really have missed it!
    I love your silver chest! Can't wait to see what you do with it!i am sure it will be gorgeous! I painted one like that quite some time ago...wish I could remember what I painted LOL!!!
    I am going to stop by Home Goodsm sounds like fun!
    Great to hear from you!
    I will be back soon!

  21. Oh..... I just love old wooden boxes...... can't wait to se how it turns out....... poor thing...... it needs to have a brand new Penny touch

  22. It will look beautful painted Penny. Maybe add a litle stencil design too?

    Off to read your Home Goods post!

  23. I just know you will do something wonderful with this Penny.
    I would probably decoupage it with some of my French journal paper. The books are from the 1800's and perhaps some would be loathe to tear sheets out but I feel I can enjoy them more by using them and seeing the illustrations and type!!!

  24. I,m cottonreel, I,m so looking forward to seeing this box made over . I just found a site with lovely knitted flowers called folksy .com