Anna G. Larson, Published August 15 2012
DIY dipped wooden spoons and cutting board
Dipped antique spoons, $60 for a set of two, by art and design boutique Milk Farm Road, have been floating around Pinterest and various food magazines. The color-blocked baguette board, $198, by Lostine at Anthropologie is lovely, too, but the price is not.
With guidance from Dans le Townhouse blog (www.dans-le-townhouse.
blogspot.com), I set out to make my own fashionable and frugal color blocked kitchen gear.
- Unpainted, unvarnished wooden mixing spoons – I found mine at Walmart, four for 88 cents.
- Wooden cutting board – TJ Maxx has different sizes and shapes. I got mine for $5.99.
- Craft paint – I found that Walmart and Michaels sell the exact same brand of craft paint. At Walmart, it costs 57 cents per tube.
- A sealant – Shellac, like Bulls Eye, is a good choice. I couldn’t find it, so I used Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish, $6.99 for a half-pint at Menards in Fargo.
- Painter’s tape – $3.69 at Target.
- Paint brushes – For the craft paint, I used foam brushes, four for 97 cents at Walmart. I used a quality synthetic brush I had already for the sealant.
- Fine grit sandpaper – I had some on hand from another project, but it can be found at any hardware store.
- With painter’s tape, tape off the areas that won’t be painted. For the spoons, you can space out the tape to create stripes of a single color (see photo), or do one large, single stripe of color. You can do multiple colors on one item, but I wasn’t brave enough to try that.
For the cutting board, tape off the area you want painted (see photo) and use the fine grit sandpaper to gently sand off any finish.
When taping off the area to be painted, don’t go too far into the center of the board since that’s where you’ll be cutting frequently. I measured in about 2 inches from the edge of the board.
- Using the craft paint and foam brush, paint a thin first coat on the object. Craft paint dries quickly, so a second coat can be applied after 5-10 minutes. I put the spoons in a glass Kerr jar to dry between coats (see photo), and let the cutting board dry on newspaper.
Depending on the color and opaqueness desired, a third coat may be necessary.
- Let the items dry overnight with the painter’s tape still intact.
- The next day, carefully remove the painter’s tape.
- Once the painter’s tape is removed, apply a thin coat of sealant using a quality synthetic brush. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area.
- Let the sealant dry per manufacturer’s suggestions. The sealant I used suggested a drying time of 24 hours before use.
- Be sure to seal (run your finger nail along the edge) the edge of the painter’s tape well so no paint seeps through.
- Use one spoon as a “tester.” It takes practice to make a flawless painted spoon handle.
- Don’t expect the cutting board to look perfect. The grain of the wood, brush type, paint thickness and number of paint layers all play a part in how the finished product will look. Rustic works for this project – embrace it.
- Keep in mind that some sealants yellow when dry, so testing a small area is a good idea, especially if using white paint.
- Hand-wash the items to prevent chipping, and don’t soak them in water for prolonged periods of time.
- Consider using food-safe milk paint if you want the items to be 100 percent food safe, or if you wish to paint a part of the item that typically touches food. Milk paint recipes are abundant on the Web, or it can be purchased online and at specialty stores.