You know there’s just a little bit of busy going on when the Summer Pinterest Challenge creeps up and you almost missed it! Yup, that’s the week I’ve been having. But, just in the knick of time… like late Saturday afternoon kind of time, I saw this!
So I had the rest of Saturday night, and a small part of Monday evening to step up to the challenge plate. You see, it’s kind of become my own little tradition to participate, so to miss this one, ‘bummed’ wouldn’t even begin to describe it! Here are the links to my other Pinterest Challenge projects in case you want to see
Since today is the big reveal day, let’s jump right in.
Here is where my inspiration all began…
Tanya from Dans le Townhouse. Aren’t her spoons cheery and fun?
And then my inspiration was really kicked into high gear when I saw these wooden wonders by Little Bit Funky!
I love all the happy colours, and just happened to have thrifted a little collection of mini wooden utensils to give paint dipping a try!
I got hubs to help me out by drilling holes in the handles for me. Time was of the essence, you see
I marked a line on each handle so I knew where the paint should stop.
Then taped and primed them.
I’m not actually planning to use these little guys in the kitchen, so just used paint and primer I have on hand.
Well, actually I’ve been dying to try this ‘Sweet & Juicy’ (P5072-85) Para paint, but hadn’t even opened the can.
And had a little ‘oops’ moment when I started to pour some of the paint into a cup. Hey, not all that orange is from my oops! Some of it belongs to the logo on the plastic bag!
Because these handles were so short, I actually dipped them into each paint colour, and then hung them up to drip-dry.
That’s right, no paint brush used here!
The dipping method created a little extra work, and the paint went on quite thick, but it gave the handles a smooth even coat. If you try this, make sure you gently dab the paint off the tips of the handles as it begins to dry. And you’ll have to do this a few times depending on the shape of the handles you’ve dipped.
You can see I dipped a little too enthusiastically on some handles by totally coating the tape! So I had to use an X-acto knife to cut the paint before peeling off the tape. I didn’t do this on the first one, and the paint wanted to peel away with the tape!
And then I discovered a little touching up was in order. I should have left my primer a fraction short of the painters tape. But I didn’t, and some of the primer nudged out the paint. Oh well. If you look closely you’ll see where I had to extend the paint slightly.
Since these wooden pieces are a random collection, they either have different finishes, or none at all, so I wanted to give them all a finishing coat of Varathane. But just on the parts I didn’t paint since all the paint I used is semi-gloss.
Notice the string on the handles? These pieces have been Varathaned, and the other three have not.
Oh, and the string is braiding cord that I picked up from Wal-Mart.
I couldn’t decide which colour to use, so I used them all!
I think the Varathane makes a big difference to the finished look, especially the fork and its partners to the left of it. These three pieces were just raw wood before.
Here’s a look back at the ‘Before’.
So, by the skin of my teeth, that’s another Pinterest Challenge complete!
Why not head on over to take a look at all the other challenge submissions here (mine is #347).
Thank you so much to these ladies for another great Pinterest Challenge…
- Sherry from Young House Love (Click here to see Sherry’s project)
- Katie from Bower Power (Click here to see Katie’s project)
- Kate from Centsational Girl (Click here to see Kate’s project)
- Michelle from Ten June (Click here to see Michelle’s project)
Did you join in the Summer Pinterest Challenge? What submission # is yours?
THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY!
All Photos by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise stated.