I have pinned so many inspiring ideas to my "DIY to Try" board on Pinterest that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I've noticed how much longer the "to try" list is than the "My DIY Projects" board I started. To remedy that, I've been chipping away at the ideas/projects I've pinned. Last week I made a simple abstract, inspired by a painting I pinned and loved. More recently, I tackled some wooden spoons.
I saw these gorgeous wooden spoons from Milk Farm Road and was instantly smitten. Pinned! I think gussying up the handles of wooden spoons with paint, or even stain, is such a simple but clever idea.
|Milk Farm Road vintage painted spoons|
Feeling emboldened, I rummaged around in my cooking utensil drawer and found two, inexpensive dollar-store wooden spoons to experiment on. Because the spoons weren't varnished or coated with anything, I didn't need to sand and I didn't bother priming. Lazy!
I taped off where I wanted the colour to be and, using the same acrylic paint I use for my artwork (I actually did these while tweaking the bedroom abstracts), I painted on two, super thin layers of paint, letting each coat dry for about an hour. I used Hubby's work bench to keep them upright as they dried.
The next day, I remove the tape and applied a super thin coat of water-based varathane finish (we have tons left over from our DIY desk project). I applied the finish just slightly over the painted surface because I didn't want a really pronounced edge of where the paint and clear coat begin. I let the spoons dry overnight (but will have to refrain from using them for another two days, as per manufacturer's instruction).
This photo captures the glossiness:
And voila! I want to grab every single wooden spoon and paint the ends.
I think this would look so cute for wood serving ware, too, like wood salad tongs. And you can use craft paint, leftover wall paint - even stain. I plan on running these through the dishwasher and I will keep you up to date on wearing/fading. It is probably best to hand wash these, though, and I don't recommend painting any part that touches food or using a toxic, lead-based paint.
EDIT: Yep, hand washing is best. The dishwasher did not get along with these painted spoons. No biggie - nothing a little touch-up won't fix!
How about you - are you tackling any projects you've pinned on Pinterest? Can we all agree that simply pinning something is productive?
P.S. I linked this project up to the DIY Project Parade at the DIY Showoff!