If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I am the absolute worst at properly preparing for major holidays. I managed to knock out a few Mini Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving and some Wrapped Ball Ornaments for Christmas, but you may have noticed an extreme lack of turkeys and twinkle lights.
I really do love holidays, but when it comes to DIY decorating I have the hardest time committing to projects I can only use for one month out of the year! I browse blogs for hours, reading about adorable (intensely themed) holiday crafts and seeing how people have done and redone entire rooms of their houses in preparation for the festivities. I look on with envy. I admire their ability to commit so wholeheartedly while I pay homage to the nearest holiday safely within my comfort zone, creating things I can continue to use year-round. These upcycled utensils, for example, are my wimpy salute to Valentine’s Day. However, if you’re a hardcore Valentine’s fanatic you’ll want to keep reading. This little project can be very romantic, I promise!
I’ve got a massive collection of utensils from years and years ago. I have cafeteria spoons that somehow made it home with me when I moved out of my college dorm room, I have forks and knives from a cheapo flatware set I found at Walmart when I got my first apartment, I have mix-matched sets Dave and I inherited from our parents — basically we have a 20 pound box in the storage room full of utensils that just don’t belong on the same table together… or do they?
I love it when mismatched objects are tied together with one common thread. By simply painting the handles of these spoons white, the set was transformed from an awkward storage room nuisance to a quirky match made in heaven!
Does a project get any easier?? I used the Americana Gloss Enamels paint in White from DecoArt. This paint is perfect because once it dries, you just have to let it cure for 48 hours and then bake your utensils in the oven at 350 degrees for half an hour in order for them to be perfectly dishwasher safe. The 48-hour cure is really important so that the paint bakes correctly, preventing it from chipping later on.
Now for the romantic part! Try putting together a sweet breakfast place setting like this for your loved one(s) this Valentine’s Day! As much as red, pink, chocolate, sugar and hearts say “I love you”, nothing will start your special day off better than a pretty little breakfast where you can show off your “brand new” utensils!
You can try this “dipped” look in other colors too, giving a great spring makeover to some of that old flatware.
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What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day? Are you doing something special?