Painted Kitchen Utensils

A few weeks ago, some of the girls in my family had a craft day at my house. Despite the fact that I have tons of craft supplies and my garage is filling up with roadside furniture collections I’ve been promising my husband I’ll redo at some point, I was at a bit of a loss trying to find some craft inspiration for that day.

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My niece brought over her makeup brushes and decided to paint the wooden brush handles with purples, blues and pinks. They looked really cute and inspired me to do the same thing with some of my kitchen utensils. My cabinets, counters and appliances are all pretty “blah-looking”, so I was excited about any way I could add color to my kitchen.

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For this project, I used Americana Gloss Enamels paint in “Primary Yellow” from DecoArt, which works great on surfaces like glass, ceramics and wood. (My niece used the same type of paint for her makeup brush handles.) I painted the utensil handles yellow, waited until they were dry to the touch, then painted an “h” (for my last name) using the same type of DecoArt paint in black. For wood items, let the paint dry for four days before using. For other types of utensils, check out Tiffany’s instructions from her upcycled silverware.

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There you have it! An easy, inexpensive and fun project that’s perfect to do during a craft day with friends and family. What items in your house would you like to spruce up with a bit of color?

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  1. This would make a great wedding gift! Do you know how long the paint lasts? Tiffany baked hers on, but did you with the wood? It’s helpful that they wouldn’t go in the dishwasher, but what about multiple washes of soap and water?

    • It definitely would make a great wedding gift! If you let the paint dry properly, it should last quite a while. I can’t tell an exact timeline because mine still have only been newly painted. I did not bake mine. The instructions on the back of my paint bottle said, “Wood: Apply paint. Let dry 4 days.” I typically don’t put any wood utensils in my dishwasher, painted or not, so I hand-wash these. I’ve washed mine quite a few times so far and haven’t had any issues. For more on this particular paint, visit or contact DecoArt with product questions at Hope that helps!

  2. What a fun project! I like utensils that are also decorative.

  3. What a great idea! I think I am going to do this but to drawer pulls. We have some that I love the shape but are starting to look a little old and dated. Plus the pop of color will look nice against the dresser. (I know spay painting is normally an option but its not something that can be done inside the house and with all our rain lately….)


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