Saturday, June 29, 2013

Show-and-Tell Saturday: Rainbow Spoons!

So I am super loving this Show-and-Tell Saturday thing, it is the perfect excuse I have to work on projects! I have started and finished 4 projects this week! This is a record in my household. Usually I start 7 projects but don't finish them for months! So this is just awesome! :)
This week I will be "Show-and -Tell"-ing two of the projects I did this week, because I feel they are related and well I won't always have this much time to work on things so I better save the others for another time!!

My kitchen features two fun paintings , and a bright red teapot which I love dearly. I thought instead of sticking to the color theme of the rest of the house( peacock and black) I would do "bright colors" as my theme! So far I LOVE it!
Here are the paintings that were my inspiration:

This was a wedding present from Marquette, she is so dang talented!!

I drew this in high school, it's not perfect but it was my first painting and I just LOVE the colors so I can't part with it.

I have a FABULOUS red teapot that I just adore...

I feel like all of these colors just scream bright happiness and I thought these two projects would compliment them perfectly!

The Originals

and this little art piece...

Here are my versions!!


So there they are! I love them! I think they add just the flair I need to get my culinary juices flowing creatively!

So here are the steps I took to makes these happen, I read a few blogs for each and like every other project I have ever done I tweaked them to my tastes and the supplies that I had.

First off I had all my kitchen wooden mixing spoons clean and dry.

1. Gather your materials, I had my paints, spoons, tape (all I had at the time was medical tape, so I made it work lol),measuring tape, sandpaper, something to put paint on, paint brushes, water, and paper towels.
2. Measure where you want to start your paint on all the spoons and tape it off so when you pull it off you have clean straight lines. I varied my lengths depending on how big the spoon was, the shortest was three inches, and the longest five and half inches long. When you finish measuring and taping sandpaper just the bottom part of the spoon so any varnish that is on it already will be gone. The bamboo ones were a little difficult, I just tried to get the shine off really.

3. Next start with one coat of the color of your choice on the spoon. Wait for it to dry then add your second coat.

I found some creative ways to let them dry, the cooling rack ended up being the best option though.

4. Wait for your spoons to dry COMPLETELY and then you can varnish the spoon with a matte over coat (can you tell this is my favorite thing right now, I am using it on EVERYTHING!). Make sure to only spray the handle and not the part you will have touching food.

Wait for them to dry, remove tape and voila!! When you wash them make sure you hand wash and don't soak in water for an extended period of time (Chip learned this one the hard way lol, no worries the spoon wasn't too bad to fix up).

Next, more spoons!

This project isn't anymore complicated than the first, but they are both pretty time consuming just a heads up.

For this my materials were pretty much the same except I broke down and bought masking tape.

For this I picked my colors, and then laid out my spoon variations so they would be somewhat random. Unlike the original bog I wanted differing kinds of spoons and I originally had tried to find some at local thrift stores but came up empty handed. My boss told me about Wal-Mart's 4 spoon bundle for a $1!! Can't beat that so I went to Wally World and got 24 spoons ( I only ended up having room on the canvas for 21 though).
I had tested one spoon to see if I needed a primer before painting however since these are just on a wall and won't be seeing any wear and tear I decided they should be fine without it!

You can see here that the spoons are all a little different, just a cute little detail I thought might be fun!

Next I taped them all at a slight angle. I didn't do any measuring for this I just eyeballed it.

Next I painted the first coat and laid them on the newspaper to dry, the paint is high enough on the curve of the spoon that it didn't ruin any paint.

I laid down the second coat, let them dry, then I needed a little glitter so I picked 5 different spoons and added a little clear holographic paint on them for some bling ;) It isn't a Emilee project without a little glitter (one of the wooden spoons is glittery too, I just can't help myself!).

When the spoons were finished and completely dry taking the tape off can be a little tricky. You need to do it in one quick motion, one side at a time. If you go too slow it tends to peel the paint back a little and then it's a hassle to fix.

I decided against varnishing them because I like the look of shiny metal against the matte paint and all I had was matte spray so the whole spoon would have been matte.

When that is finished I heated up the hot glue gun, arranged my spoons how I wanted them to look on my canvas, it's a 16x20 and then glued the base of the "bowl" of the spoon and the handle down. Be sure where you are about to place the spoon is EXACTLY where you want it though because one that glue hits that canvas it's on there forever.

There we have it two Rainbow Kitchen Projects, not hard or too expensive but a little time consuming. I also think this idea could be tweaked to do ombre` of one certain color or stripes or any number of fun variations. If anyone does this send them our way and we will do a Reader's Show-and-Tell Compilation!

Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!!


  1. I love the spoons. I might have to try this one!! Great work Emilee!

  2. I love the spoons. I may have to try this one. Great job Emilee!

  3. I love it! I wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post - stop by and see!


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