Monday, October 5, 2009

What I did With My Monogrammed Silverware


Hi everyone! I cleaned and fluffed my dining room this morning and wanted to show you all what I did with my monogrammed silverware which I usually have stashed in my dining room cupboard. I also changed a few things around and twined some some jeweled garland in my chandelier for a more festive fall look.



I've had this jar for several years now and it's never been a favorite of mine.




I got it on deep clearance at TJ Maxx and thought I could get past some of the things I didn't like. But I wound up not using it very much. So I decided it needed an easy makeover! All the pictures enlarge when you click on them.




Looks better don't you think? I put it on a silver candlestick that I already had and sprayed the top with some silver spray paint. I didn't attach the candlestick permanently but you could. I did silver because I have it next to my coffee pots but I'm thinking that I might like black better, black bottom and paint the top black too.


Some of my monogramed silverware is in the jar nestled in a dried hydrangea blossom from my garden.



I made a quick fun tag for my other jar of silverware.



I made this with some card stock and two rubber stamps. I never ever ever buy stamps or any scrapbook stuff at full price. Hobby Lobby has it on sale at least once a month and Jo-Ann/Michaels/etc always have a coupon you can use. Also, end of season is a great time to buy (I noticed a lot of shell and beach themed stamps are on clearance now and would be perfect for summer craft projects next year!)



I was going to make a shadowbox with some of my silverware in it but these were 50% off at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and at $11.50 they are very near what I would have spent to make one! The picture below it is one that I showed you how to make with wallpaper a while ago. I just sprayed the white frame black.



I changed out my tablecloth for this toile runner and added a simple candle as my center piece. It has some little faux green apples as filler around the bottom.




Cleaning my dining room is so much more fun than cleaning bathrooms (which is my job for tomorrow)!



Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful week!




P.S. Lyn was so encouraged by your response to her guest post that she started a blog! Go to Essential Thrift and say hello. She said I have the nicest readers and I agree!

71 comments:

Erin said...

yep...i agree that black top and bottom would look better...
like the silver in the jar...nice look.

have you seen the little shades for the chandeliers? they've got them in black toile and that would look fab in your dining room.

have a wonderful afternoon.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Manuela! You are so clever to find so many fun ways to display your silverware! And I must run, not walk, to Hoby Lobby when stamps sre on sale next time! I haven't seen the knife, fork and spoon!!! Love them! Happy week!...Debbie

The Thrifty Countrywoman said...

What a great idea! I think I'll do this with my good silver for my buffet. I have a lot of apothecary jars but never could figure out what to do with them.Thanks for the idea!

Jane

Cathy said...

All of your fluffing is so pretty!!! I love the jar with you silver...beautiful!!!

Your chandelier is gorgeous...I think I'm in love!!!

Have wonderful day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Heather said...

now that's what i call a great idea! i love the silverware in the glass jar. very cute!

Stacey said...

Great idea to show off your silver. I have been trying to think of something to do with ours. Really like this! Your jar transformation is perfect.

glorv1 said...

Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm!!! You are indeed the little housekeeper, aren't you? Every day it is something new or something old and refreshed. You deserve a day to yourself. What would you do if you had a whole day by yourself? You'd probably be thinking of what you are going to do when you are back to the regular schedule. hehehehe:D I love your work and the inspiration that goes with it. Have a great week and go dry those chili's.

Lyn said...

I love your dining room! The toile is simple and clean, and so very pretty.

Lovely as always!

Melissa Miller said...

Very pretty and clever idea!
I still haven't cleaned up my monogram silverwear yet. I'm inspired! :)

Katrina Chambers said...

Oh that looks great. I need to do that haha!

Angie said...

I love the silverware displayed in the jars! Beautiful! I actually have that same jar that you painted and put on the silver candleholder. I got it at a yard sale.

Cottage on the Hill said...

Where did you get your dining table? I love it!...

Stacey said...

I love what you did with the silverware in the jars. If I saw something like that at an antique store I would snag it up right away. Very cute!! I like it so much I am going to have to steal your idea! Hugs!

Ally0005 said...

What a great idea for you monogrammed silverware.It looks great.

Ally

Lorrie said...

Fluffing and cleaning a pretty room like your dining area is a pleasure, not a chore. I think your idea to show off your beautiful silver is ingenious.

Lorrie

Julie Harward said...

I love everything that you have done! The jewels in the light above, the silverware in the jars..all done up cute, the little apples and candle, the framed silverware...I just love to see creativity! Thanks, come say hi :D

Darlene said...

I think it looks GREAT! What a fabulous idea for your silverware.

Beth said...

What a neat idea to put your monogrammed silverware in the jar! I like it :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oooh, sparkly! Love your dining room. What a great transformation and that candleholder actually looks like it is part of that jar. I like that you did silver for your "silver"ware. : ) Love the tag on the other jar, too. Makes for a nice vignette.

scrappy quilter said...

You are such an inspiration. because of you I've been doing some fun things too. Check my blog tomorrow morning and you'll see what I made for the bathroom.

I love the changes you made. Great job!!

Karen said...

LOl. Yes, dining rooms are better than bathrooms - that's for sure.
What a good job you did, very clever ideas. I have some old tarnished silverware out on a tray in my dining room. I'm kind of into the tarnished look - and besides, it's much easier to clean - you do nothing!
Have a great evening!

Shelia said...

Hi Manuela! Oh, I love seeing all of your fluffing! Your silverware looks wonderful in the jar! Great idea!
You always do beautiful things.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

cindy@cottage instincts said...

Lovely! I love to see the inside of your home...such awesome inspiration :o)
cindy
(ps....I'm having my first giveaway, come stop by!)

Kathleen Grace said...

silverware display looks great, but that chandelier is giving me ideas! It looks so gorgeous all blinged up:>o

Sharon said...

Now that is Too Cute!!! Great job decorating as always Manuela :)

arkie said...

Love your dining room and how you hung the plates with the framed art! I love old silverware!

Sherri S said...

Love your dining room. I think black too. I love the framed silverware at a great deal too! Good luck with the bathrooms tomorrow. LOL

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything looks great!!. I also agree to black top and candle stand - just my opinion. I always enjoy visiting your blog, because you always have some great decorative/redo ideas - keep them coming. :) Have a great week.

Brenda said...

You have the cutest ideas! I love that look with the silverware inside. Very classy and the tags are perfect! You are one clever girl. Gotta check out Hobby Lobby!
Brenda

Happy@Home said...

I can see why you would enjoy cleaning your dining room as it is such a pretty room. I love the chandelier and the red jewels are like the icing on the cake. Your creativity really shines in the silverware idea. What a beautiful way to showcase it and I love the hydrangea at the bottom. Very pretty post. I can't wait to see what you can do with a bathroom :-)

Sharlotte said...

Beautiful pictures... I just love what you did with your silverware. It's such a great way to display your special pieces. I love your home too...It's gorgeous! Great colors. Thanks so much for sharing.

Camille said...

You sure have a knack for decorating...it is so much fun to browse your blog. Hope you are enjoying the Fall!
Blessings,
Camille

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for sharing all your little trinkets and goodies. You are so creative and inspiring. I love your decorating style and writing! I'm going to have such fabulous Christmas decorations with all the tips I've picked up from your blog!

Karen said...

I love your blog! Your style is so warm and friendly.
Thank you for your comments about my bookshelves. I'm going to try to tackle that project tomorrow.
Have a great evening.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Jen R. said...

Love your silverware idea Manuela!

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

You're so dang clever I am just always in awe when I leave your blog! Love what you did here and your little touches are just the best!
XOXO
Joni

jenjen said...

What a fun idea! And I love that you tied it together with the stamp. So cute! Your dining room is so beautiful. I love the toile. Thanks for sharing it with us Manuela!

I bet your bathrooms are just as darling - feel free to let us see those too!

XOOX
Jen

Mimi Sue said...

Love your jars of silverware. The ones with the roses look a lot like my mother in laws. Mine are monogrammed too. Mimi

mommynoodles said...

Well,I must say after all that jar came out cute!!
Natalie,

Sherrie said...

Hello Manuela,

You were one of the winners in my blog contest!

Please email me your address at myrosegarden@aol.com so I can get your gift card on its way to you.

Sherrie

Gracie said...

You always come up with the nicest ideas!

Amber said...

I love what you did with the silverware. Your home is beautiful!

Julie said...

Everyone finds such great stuff at TJ Maxx but me! I must be going on the wrong days! The dining room is just lovely. Have fun with the bathrooms tomorrow!

Rhondi said...

Hi Manuela
You do such wonderfully creative things! I love all the different ways you displayed the silver and how you transformed the glass jar. I'll go and visit your friend right now and welcome her to blogging.
Hugs, Rhondi

Richella said...

This looks wonderful, Manuela! I am in awe of the fact that you nestled the silver in a dried hydrangea blossom. So simple, but so elegant--I never would have thought of that, but I love it!

Your dining room is beautiful. I love how you incorporate so many things that you love in this room.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I think I'd like the black top/bottom better too, lol!
Everything looks so nice and fresh. I've been fluffing too and it looks like we think alike. I've also got some old silverware framed. Mine is tarnishing and I love that!
I've been MIA for a bit, but I'm back :)
Hope your day is a great one and that the bathroom clean up is an easy one. I have to do ours everyday...boys! Need I say more?

Lisa said...

I love the silverware in a jar! Just perfect!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh I love it all. I am a bit envious, I have always wanted a separate formal dinning room. I bet at night, with lots of candles it is soo pretty xoxoxox Clarice

Annette said...

What a clever idea! It looks great. I love it when something that would be stored out of sight is used decoratively.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Manuela, love the silver in the pretty jar.....will have to 'borrow' this idea. :-)

Barb

mishebe said...

sO CREATIVE WITH THE UTENSILS.

Mary Ruth said...

Very creative! I love apothocary anyway, but you made them look special! I have some coin cameo silverware and will display this way! Thanks so much for the idea!

june@craftyniche said...

Wow, I love how you did that! I went to a Hobby Lobby once and it was fantastic! Too bad it's about 2 hours away up in Georgia! Good thing, I have Joann and Michaels! :)

My Cozy Cubby said...

How lovely! One can display just about anything in a glass jar and make something as simple as silverware look classy! Great ideas.

Pamela

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

hey I like the new look of the jar.Great ideal !

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love the way you have displayed the silver, so clever. I have a collection of silver soup spoons and teaspoons, I put them in a crystal short jar upside down and put them beside the coffee pot, everyone always comments on them and uses them as well. thanks for the tip, I will use that too...

Adrienne said...

I love what you've done with your silverware, your chandy and your dining room. It's just right - and so much fun. Wish I could see it in person! ~Adrienne~

Vee said...

It always looks cozy here, Manuela. I really like what you did with the silverware. Your saying that you hadn't liked the jar so well surprised me until I saw what you did with it. Its time just hadn't come yet.

Shilo said...

Love the new shadow boxes! You have such a gift.
Blessings,
Shilo

Vee said...

Yes, Darlin', I have plates on my fence. Wonder who could've given me that idea! I think I posted about this earlier, but if not, I'll be sure to link back on my recent post. Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comments. Yes, the post about my mom has been there all along, but the sidebar button has not.

Christina said...

Love what you did with the silver. It is so much better than it being in a drawer where it can't be seen.

Love what you did with the jar. I actually like the silver, but black would look fabulous too.

Melissa Miller said...

Thanks for your sweet visit ansd encouragement about my B/P Manuela! I always appreciate it and I know you understand how it felt. I feel fabulous these days! ~Whew! I'm grateful.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Suzanne said...

What a cute idea! It's perfect for your dining room....love it!

Paula said...

Dear Manuela,

I always enjoy visiting your lovely blog! You decorate beautifully and are so creative! I love what you did with your silverware. The apothecary jar is so pretty, and the dried hydrangea from your garden looks lovely nestled in the bottom. Your dining room is so beautiful.

I loved seeing your garden and fall decorating, too. Maxie is so sweet! I enjoyed the Great Depression post. Isn't Clara a sweetie, and so inspiring!

Love, Paula

decorator to the stars said...

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marmielu said...

That is really a cute idea with the silver. You are so clever!
Mary Lou

diXymiss said...

Such lovely vignettes. The soft glow of polished silver under glass is striking and the framed place settings are fantastic. I'm off to see if there any dried hydrangea blossoms left in my yeard. Great ideas!

Jennifer said...

I have seen quite a bit of using silverware in decorating lately, but I really like what you have done with yours. The silver candlestick and top is such a cute idea. The dining room looks great! It is so much fun to fluff up a room with the changing seasons!

Enjoy the rest of your week,
Jennifer

Lady Katherine said...

Silver projects are darling, as is the tag! I love the dining room. I want to know how are you standing up your tray? I changed out tables and I have not found a way as of yet to keep it standing at the height I want. Tell me! Tell Me!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love the silverware in the jar! It sure shows it off!!! I may copy that idea some day!!!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I am feeling that shadowbox! Love it!

:)

Great blog ya have here!