Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Silver "Diamond In The Rough"

Well would you look at this nasty looking old thing I found! I was cleaning out some cabinets and came across an old platter my mother had given me many years ago. I had shoved it in the back of a big upper kitchen cabinet and forgotten all about it for years!
But as I was pulling things out for a garage sale I am getting ready to have I came across it. Hmmm.... this brings back memories, I thought, as I recalled the many times I witnessed my Dad carving the Sunday dinner on this platter. But it looked so bad that I actually thought for a moment that I should just chuck it!
But after thinking about it a little more, I decided to get out the silver polish and see if there was any sense in trying to clean it. I really didn't have much hope, but after a bit of silver polish and a lot of elbow grease, I started to see some amazing results!
Lo and behold, the end result was stunning! And despite all of the scratches from all the years of use, it is sill quite pretty, I think. I showed it to my hubby who was astonished. He could not believe this was the same piece. He said he saw the old relic in the laundry room (I was adding it to the junk pile I have out there destined for the garage sale) and figured it was, understandably, going to be trashed. 

I am so glad I decided to put a little work into it. (Okay- maybe more than just a "little" work, lol!) In any event, it sure was worth it. I love how it turned out! Makes me want to see what other "junk" might be lurking in the backs of my cupboards ;-)


Debbi said...

Wow, that's a LOT of elbow grease! Very pretty platter. Glad it brought back some happy memories.

Amy H said...

Sarah--What a beautiful platter and a wonderful family heirloom!! I bet if you don't need/want it, I'm sure K would LOVE it!! :)

Jenn Fontaine said...

Wow, what a great job! You have more patience than me! Beautiful!

McBetty said...

So very very beautiful!
That's the key to sterling silver, it can be restored.
What brand polish did you use?

Laura said...

Way cool! want to come over and polish my copper bottom pots?

Katie said...

GOOD JOB these before/after photos are awesome!