I bought this silver tray at Goodwill for around $7 (it was the end of January...now I forget the exact price!) It is heavy enough to be real silver, but I suspect it is silverplate--not that it really matters. The cashier did comment on its heft though! It was a tarnished mess!
LOTS of tarnish, to say the least! It came off pretty easily though with silver polish and revealed some scratches on the surface of the tray. I would have been disappointed had I been buying this tray for something other than a craft project.
All sparkly! After cleaning it up, I painted it with some chalkboard paint that I had out in the garage. I didn't do a very good job though because I ended up with some tiny bubbles. I had big plans to hang this on the end of some of my cabinets, but it wasn't quite the right size...so it has been stuffed into a cupboard for a couple of months while I tried to figure out an alternate solution.
Today while at St. Vincent de Paul, I came across a really cute black plate holder--much cuter than the dollar store plate holders I had already tried. Better yet, it was only fifty cents! I've been updating my living room for spring and I think this fits in perfectly!