It’s So Ugly It’s Cool: Thrifted Silver

How to polish up and use thrifted silver for an easy flower arrangement in a fun monthly series, It’s So Ugly It’s Cool.

Hi friends!  I just got back from a long weekend in Taipei.  It was so hot and humid but the island was beautiful.  I went with my friends and we did everything from hiking, eating off of toilets (Modern Toilet Restaurant), night markets, and  sightseeing.   I’m happy to be back home with my family and to share what I did for this month’s It’s So Ugly, It’s Cool thrift store challenge hosted by Domicile 37.  If you this is your first time with this fun blog hop, we take a thrifted find and share how to make it fit in our decorating styles.
Thrifted silver bowl into a beautiful flower arrangement
You might recognize this silver bowl from my Eddie Ross inspired breakfast table (you can find it HERE). 
how to clean silver
I found the bowl marked “FB Rogers silver company” at an antique store in California for a couple of dollars.  It was very tarnished so I followed a simple method for cleaning silver and it worked like a charm!

How to clean silver:

  • Bring a pot of water to boil with a Tablespoon of baking soda and a piece of foil.
  • Place your silver into the pot (touching the foil) for 10 seconds and watch the silver become shiny.
  • Remove with tongs and dry.
flower arrangement in thrifted bowl
flower arranging with tape

To keep flowers in a place for a gorgeous floral arrangement,  create a grid with masking tape at the opening of the container. 

flower arrangement in a bowl
flower arrangement for the sofa table

With a bowl or wide mouth vase, place larger flowers around the sides, medium in the middle, and fill in the gaps with yard clippings, babies breath, or other stemmed fillers.  

Do you ever look for silver in thrift stores?  Now that I know how easy it is to shine up, I’ll be on the lookout for more! Make sure to see what my friends Jess and Rachel did for this challenge (links below) and share with us your thrifted makeovers on social media using #itssouglyitscool.


If you love thrifted makeovers, check out these posts!

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  1. Love this Kathy! I always run across tarnished pieces and leave them behind because I never knew how easy it was to clean them. I’ll be on the lookout for more myself now! Thanks for sharing!

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