On a recent thrift store expedition, I found some neat little wooden spoons that were practically begging to be painted in neon colors. The handles seemed to be made out of sculptured popsicle sticks and the tops were some other kind of wood tied on with leather string. They looked very primitive and naked to me, and I felt sorry for them.
- Wooden spoons
- Craft Paint
- Washi or masking tape
- Small paintbrush
Soundtrack: Best of R.E.M. – 1988-2003
First I sanded the spoons down a little bit, and then I masked the areas I didn’t want colored with tape. In the process I had some deep thoughts about masking tape and how aptly named it is.
Next I went to town with my paintbrush.
I gave each spoon two coats. (This picture is after coat #1.)
My spoons looked pretty darn good when I peeled the tape of to reveal a lovely little arrow top, but I couldn’t leave well enough alone because when I first saw these four little spoons, I had a vision of a single stripe in an opposing color for each spoon.
So I taped them up some more and painted again.
I had to do some touch up work afterwards, but all in all I”m pleased with the result. I don’t know that I’ll ever eat with them, but I might hang ‘em on the wall or something.