Make: Painted utensils

 
Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful
Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful

It took me longer to prise the lids off the cans of paint than it took me to actually make these painted kitchen utensils. If your paint tins are in better shape than mine then I think this craft project would take you five minutes, plus drying time. It's super quick and I think the results are really pretty.

Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful
Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful

I've seen a lot of painted wooden spoons in the shops being sold for a lot of money. I found these plain utensils in my local hardware store for a few pounds and got the paint out of the shed. You need a gloss or eggshell paint so that the colour has a chance of staying put. I probably wouldn't stick these in the dishwasher for fear of the paint peeling, but they're easy to wash by hand.

I used Light Blue by Farrow and Ball and Woad Blue by Fired Earth - but you can choose any colours that would look great in your kitchen.

To make your own painted utensils you will need:

Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful
Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful

Wooden Utensils - ideally with the same shaped handles so they look like a set Sand paper Masking tape Gloss or egg shell paint in two different shades A paint brush A jam jar

Give each utensil and light sanding down to remove any obviously rough areas and to leave a smoother finish.

Decide how far up the handles of your utensils you'd like your paint to come. I chose to make my paint stop the same distance from the bottom of each handle, so that even though they were different lengths the end result was uniform. Tape off where you'd like the paint to stop.

Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful
Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful

Apply a thin coat of paint to the handle up to the tape and leave to dry. I popped them in a jam jar to stop them smudging as they dried. Mine literally took less than five minutes to become touch dry and then I went ahead with a second coat.

Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful
Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful

Two coats seemed to cover pretty well so I left it at that. After 10 minutes or so they were dry enough for me to remove the tape, but if you're not trying to get this project done during naptime you could leave it for an hour or more to be on the safe side.

Then all that's left to do is marvel at your lovely new utensils. They'd make a really thoughtful house-warming gift just tied together simply with ribbon.

Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful
Painted utensils | Really Pretty Useful

Are you making anything this weekend? I'm hoping to get some cooking in - it's out first weekend at home in a long while so we're planning to potter about a bit and get some chill time in with the boys.