I have done some posts in the past using this same technique on dollar store spoons, but this was the first time I did a large batch and did a variety of colors with the intent to sell them in groups.
They were easy and fun, but a bit time consuming. I started with a bunch of spoons from various dollar stores, all of which were 4 or 5 to a pack.
Instead of just sticking with black, I spray painted them in all different colors including this fun beachy blue-green. 🙂
Here are the exact brands/colors I used just incase anyone was wondering. I would highly recommend NOT using the American Accents Midnight Blue (the navy one) because it took a million coats to get it close to the cap color, and they just did not come out well. After distressing them, parts of the spoon had an “electric blue” look, and not really the Americana blue I was going for.
Let them dry thoroughly for a good couple days before sanding them. Sanding tacking paint is NOT fun!
Now time to “distress.” I used sanding block which are easier for all the little nooks and crannies. I would recommend a medium to coarse sanding block for a quicker sanding. All I had on hand was the fine grit, which worked well, just took a little longer. There is no way to mess up sanding, so just go for it! Imperfections don’t matter since you’re going for the primitive look anyway!
Once they were all sanded, I wanted to grubby them up, for a primitive, country look. I used this antiquing medium (the brand Folk Art) found in the paint section of the craft store. You also could use regular brown paint or stain, as you’re going to be rubbing it on and then rubbing it off again, to stain the exposed wood left from sanding.
Here’s my solution to keeping my table clean…I use rolled out brown kraft paper, also found at the dollar store, as a work station. It’s quick, easy, disposable! Great for the messy crafter, like me!
Simply rub a generous amount of antiquing gel all over the spoon, and then wipe off the excess. It will soak down into the unfinished edges left from sanding, to create an old, worn look. Paper towels or old rags work great. I used a soft car drying cloth (also found at the dollar store; can ya tell I love that place?!?!).
The difference is more noticeable on some colors than others. Obviously the lighter colors are going to show more on the light colors. Here are some examples of the difference – before and after using the antiquing gel.
And here is the “set” I plan to sell in my Etsy store. Tan, red, grayish-brown, minty green, yellow, and black. I love the end result and the color combo. Kinda glad the blue didn’t work out!
There are many ways to display these spoons. Throw them in an old can or mason jar…
Or add some pip berries, tin stars, or other fun accessories.
My friend Lisa over at Booth #555 did an awesome batch of spoons with a similar technique if you’d like to check them out! http://www.booth555.com/2012/11/primitive-kitchen-themed-wooden-spoons.html. Here is an example of Lisa’s kitchen themed spoons!
If you give these a try, email me a pic and I’ll be sure to post it here! I love seeing different interpretations on the same project! Happy 4th of July and hope everyone has a great weekend! 🙂