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Anna G. Larson, Published August 15 2012

DIY dipped wooden spoons and cutting board

FARGO – Dipped wooden spoons and cutting boards bring a touch of color and color blocking to the kitchen.

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.

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Directions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Let the items dry overnight with the painter’s tape still intact.

  4. The next day, carefully remove the painter’s tape.

  5. 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.

  6. Let the sealant dry per manufacturer’s suggestions. The sealant I used suggested a drying time of 24 hours before use.

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