{Tutorial Tuesday} Silverware Artwork

posted on: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The tutorial  below was my first submission for One Month to Win it, the theme for the first week was, "trash to treasure" and because of all your awesome votes I somehow made it to the second week. Thanks bunches, I am sending out digital smooches to all ya'll.

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 A few months ago I found a stack of upholstry remnants at the thrift store. I have been racking my brain with what to do with the gi-mongo stack that just chills in my basement. I made a few purses, BUT you can only make so many purses before they loose their thrifty fun"ness."
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One area in my house in need of some love is my kitchen. I have been trying to convert our rustic home to a more open, shabby, chic feel. So I combined multiple thrift store finds into one great project to fit my new vision!

I got the gold frames at our not so dollar store (apparently they think it should be dollarS store). The silverware and upholstry remnants came from the thrift store.

UPDATE: (I forgot to add this part) Before I spray painted the silverware I took a hammer and flattened the forks and the spoons. I kept the ladle of the spoon rounded but I made sure to flatten the handle. By doing this I created a larger surface area when it came to glueing the silverware to the board.  Photobucket
You all know how I roll...I primed and spray painted the frames and the silverware. Just so you know, I had to use AT LEAST eight coats of primer on the frames. Those nasty little buggers kept leaking gold. seriously, it drove me insane.

Okay, back on subject. While frames and silverware dried I took the three upholstry remnants and I cut them to fit the frame back. Then I used spray on tacky glue to adhere the pieces to the boards. kapeesh?
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When everything had dried (okay, the silverware was still tacky and I was in a hur-ray so don't look closely because you might see me finger prints on the utensils) I used my trusy glue gun to stick it all together.

Simple. Chic. Cheap. That's how we roll 'round here.

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43 comments:

  1. I adore these. I like the juxtaposition of modern (white/monochrome, clean lines, minimal) with vintage (ornate frames and silverware). If I had any room on the walls in my kitchen, I'd be drawing inspiration from this in no time.

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  2. I absolutely love these !! So much so, that after reading your post, I glanced around my kitchen to see where I could put one of these. Found the perfect spot. Thanks for the inspiration!!! Becca

    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  3. SO stinkin cute! You are so creative, lady!

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  5. I am so happy this is yours. This is what I voted for on OMTWI, and I had no idea who's was who's! I thought this was an awesome idea!!

    Also I linked to you today from my blog, check it out!

    http://www.mysuresavings.com/2011/03/i-love-spring-at-walmart.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SureSavings+%28Sure+Savings%29

    (hope the link works!!)

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  6. I seriously LOVE this blog! You are soo creative!

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  7. HA! we did vote for you. that makes us happy :)

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  8. OMG - these are absolutely adorable. I love them! I am bookmarking them for sure!

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  9. Those are cute Halsey! And I love it..."dollarS store"...so true! You might just have to come over & help me decorate my house. IT'S SO BLAH and yours is so cute!! Someday I'll do something with it :S

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  10. Well I will definitely be copying this fantastic idea! I may go black with it. Love!!

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  11. i absolutely love these! great idea!

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  12. Gorgeous! I loved this when I saw it in the contest! I'm excited to feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  13. This is just great. I love the idea! Turned out beatiful
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  14. Really love this! I think I just found a new piece of "art" for my kitchen. I'm a new follower!

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  15. I saw this on One Month to Win It & LOVED it! I have stored it away in my brain for my next house! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!! I'm gonna borrow it, I love it so much!! AWESOME!!!

    http://www.craigslistqueen.blogspot.com

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  17. Feature Alert! Feature Alert!

    That's right! You were featured today over at Today's Top 20!

    Hope to chat soon!

    Amanda
    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  18. Ooooh, I loved this when I saw it. It totally got my vote that week.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

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  19. LOVE!!!

    The Magic of Ordinary Things

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  20. Wow! I love these! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Coming back to say that I featured this on my blog! Come check it out!
    Have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    http://delicateconstruction.blogspot.com/2011/03/facebook-favorites-friday_18.html

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  22. This is amazing! I'll be featuring this on BCD on Monday, tomorrow! Thanks for linking!

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  23. I love this idea!!! I am going to look for stuff to do this!!! I have a wall that would love these. :)

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  24. I featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  25. I love these!! So great!! I have a stash of silverware from when I worked at Dillards and we got rid of the display pieces!! :) Now I know what to do with them!! Great Inspiration!

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  26. I LOVE this! My kitchen has a few small walls and I've been brainstorming for quite a while! I need to make a few of these :) Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I also LOVE these! Going to make some of these for gifts and one for myself.passed this on to my daughter who also loves crafts.I'm a new follower of your blog.

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  28. I just love this idea! It is so chic and cute:)

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  29. I love this idea so much and happen to have a drawer full of old silverware that I am dying to try this with! I am curious though, how are these holding up? It seems like the silverware would be heavy for glueing on. Did you have to go back and reinforce them at all?

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  30. Loving Pinterest for showing me your blog <3 would love for you to link up at this week's party over at Getouttamyheadplease.com

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  31. This is wonderful!
    I positively want to make my own version now.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  32. I made a frame with the fork, knife and spoon. I just love your version where they are all in their own frames. Will have to make some and add it to the one that I have. He has been looking very lonely and I was wondering what to put with him. Thank You. I need to make a run to the hospice shop to find some old silverware.

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  33. LOVE this! I am totally planning on making this and finding some silverware from the thriftstore!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  34. By the way...what size fames did you use? Just wondering!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  35. I was just going to do something like this for Christmas gifts, this year (and one for myself). I hadn't thought of painting the flatware. My silverware came from my gr.grandparents. During the Depression in the 1930's, he collected out of the diner trash, disguarded silverware to take home and use. (poor people had poor ways then). They are from the Monon Rail Road in Indiana, USA and I've had them in the back of a kitchen drawer for years. My husband has made shadowboxes for them. With them being old family keepsakes, would you paint them? I'm just not sure. The forks with only three prongs (he had sanded them nicely), I'm making a windchime.

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  36. These are gorgeous!! I featured this on my blog today: http://www.vixenmade.com/2013/04/diy-home-projects.html

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  37. I would have never thought of this but it is pure genius. I love it. I have a fashion and lifestyle blog. May I include a picture of the idea and a link back to your website. I will credit you properly. If your not comfortable with it no problem. I'm at www.lookfortheoccasion.com

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  38. This is so cute. What a creative genius you are. I hope it is okay if I borrow your idea. Thank you for the inspiration.

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