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Look what I did!!

I saw this display of photographs at a Designer Showhouse several years ago and wanted so badly to copy it.

I finally got around to doing it last weekend.  I’ve been collecting silver for years, mainly from Scott’s Antique Market, Woodstock Antiques and ebay.

 I purchased this amazing display shelf from Highland House Furniture from the Royal Manor collection by Princess Diana’s butler, Paul Burrell.  I saw it at  Highpoint  furniture market while on a buying trip and it was love at first sight!  I knew it would be the perfect spot for the portrait collection.

I placed it in my second floor hall that you can see from the entry foyer.

Here is my collection of plates/trays that were in need of some heavy duty polishing

Here is a before of one of them……..(nasty)

Good old Tarn X did the trick…..

Now that I had the “frames” cleaned up, I needed to decide what photos to use.  I scanned them on my printer into iphoto and edited them to black and white.

I then had to cut patterns to fit the photos into the different sizes.

Once I had all of the patterns cut, I traced the photos, cut them and then used sticky tack to adhere them to the trays.

I then stuck them in their respective frames…

And here is the completed project!!

Here are some closeups:

I decided to add a succulent in a silver creamer for some interest.

That’s my parent’s wedding photo at the top from 1953.

Here is my daughter at the top and my granddaughter both at 2-1/2 years old!!

I have to admit this was pretty time consuming but worth it.  In the words of Tom Hanks, “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  It’s the hard that makes it great.”

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1 dalia berlin { 05.09.12 at 8:32 pm }

so totally worth your time! very attractive and the shapes all balance out marvelously!!!!

2 Mary McDonell { 05.10.12 at 1:43 pm }

What a sentimental treasure! I know that took a lot of time and thought (not to mention all the hunting for silver). Very nicely done!

3 Mary Hurst { 05.10.12 at 3:51 pm }

I love this idea! You are so creative and it appears to be time well spent for such a beautiful display!

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