Colored Silverware




Add a little extra personality to your table with custom painted silverware! Choose any color to coordinate with your decor or mix things up with a variety of colors. This is so simple anyone can do it.

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Step 1: What You Will Need

Gather the following items:
1. Silverware of your choice (check your local thrift stores for some great options).
2. Painters tape (available at hardware stores).
3. Sandwich bag(s)
4. Spraypaint in the color of your choosing
5. Metal Primer spray paint

Step 2: Masking the Spoon

Start by cleaning your silverware, of course. Then take a small strip of painter's tape and wrap it around the neck of the silverware where you want your line to be. Be sure to carefully press it into each groove so that the paint doesn't leak under and give you bad lines.

Step 3: Bag and Prime

Wrap the sandwich bag over the eating end of your utensil and tape it down over the previously applied tape, being careful not to go past that previously applied tape edge (and thus preserving your perfect line). In a well-ventilated area, spray the metal primer lightly over the handle on all sides. Allow to dry and repeat if desired.

You will have greater success with spraypaint if you do multiple light coats rather than trying to do one or two heavy coats. Too much at once leads to dripping and pooling paint and a not-so-pretty finished product. Too much at once will also fill in those delicate grooves in your utensils.

Step 4: Apply Spray Paint

Now the fun part. Spray the color of your choice in a light even coat on all sides of the utensils. Allow to dry and repeat as many times as needed to create an even color coat. When it is all dried, remove the sandwich bag and tape, and you are done!

[Important note: Standard spraypaints are not food-safe, therefore this project should be used for decorative purposes only.]

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    6 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    These would go great in a shadow box frame! I think this is a fantastic reuse and art for the kitchen! Thanks for your easy to follow 'ible! 5 starts!

    i have handled spray paints and they easily chip off especially this project which is surrounded with metals that could scratch and make it look ugly. how do you prevent it from doing so, or how do you make the paint tough!!?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    You could get a bake on clear coat enamel to stop any worry about ingesting paint


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This looks really hard. I'll pay someone to do this for me


    8 years ago on Introduction

    These look really good. Any concern about ingesting paint, though? I am sometimes an enthusiastic eater, and I may accidentally try to gobble up the silverware, especially if it looks like it's coated in candy. :)

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