What you will need for this project...
- Spoon Rack with 64 or more spaces for spoons
- Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint in "Patino Greenio"
- Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint in "Clean Canvas"
- Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint in "Go Green"
- Black Dog Salvage "Guard Dog Topcoat"
- General Finishes "Van Dyke Brown" Glaze Effects
* I was compensated with product in order to create this project. (This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% my own).
2) Mix together 50% "Go Green", 40% "Clean Canvas" and 10% "Patino Greenio" to get a vintage green color. Brush on 2 coats of paint waiting an hour in between coats. Lightly sand edges where natural wear would occur.
3) Decide on a topper for your advent calendar and add it on. Use wire or jute to hang it with.
For my topper I used a shiny plastic ornament that I found at Walmart. (Unfortunately I forgot to take a before shot and they no longer had any in stock). My hubby cut it in half lengthwise so that it would lay flat. Since I love patina, I painted over the shiny red with some Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint in "I need a Bandage" red to give it an older look. Behind the truck is a thin wood oval plaque also found at Walmart. I painted it with "Clean Canvas" white and added some faux greenery to the edge and some silver stars for added interest. The vintage bottle brush tree was from my stash. I used hot glue to adhere everything together.
What you will need for the spoons and to add to the rack...
- "Dollar Tree" silver mini plastic spoons from the wedding section (24 pk)
- Black Dog Salvage "Guard Dog Topcoat" (for antiquing the spoons)
- General Finishes "Van Dyke Brown" Glaze Effects (for antiquing the spoons)
- Miniature clothespins for the back of the spoons (1" x 1/4" x 1/8")
- Various ribbons and berries and beads
- Tim Holz Ideology Game Pieces (for numbers)
- Plastic truck ornament and bottle brush tree (optional)
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
A) Using hot glue attach the mini clothespins to the back of the spoons about 3/4 of an inch down from the top with the open end facing down. This will help the spoons rest higher on the spoon rack and give you a way to hang the ornaments on the tree. Gluing it on before adding the glaze gives the hot glue a better chance to bond the two together. B) Using a soft rounded end brush and holding the end of the spoon handle with your fingers, brush a thin coat of the glaze mixture onto the spoons. You need very little on the brush so if it is too much, blot the excess onto a piece of paper towel. Then brush it onto the spoon. Try to avoid brush marks from excess. C) If you want to add more antiquing let the spoons dry for about an hour, then brush on a second coat. D) If you want them to look authentically old and tarnished you can continue by adding some brown spots to the spoons. I did this by loading the brush with the mix and using the wood end of another brush to splatter a fine mist of the glaze onto the spoons. At this point I think they look pretty realistic don't you?
* You will note that the tip of the spoon has no antiquing glaze since I knew that I would be adding wooden numbers there and it also gave me something to hold on to while antiquing them.
- Gingham ribbon, holly berry pick and faux sugar cube (see directions below)
- Mini snowflake garland, red seam binding, green seed beads glued in place with mod podge
- Berry pick, white semitransparent ribbon and silver snowflake
- Red tinsel ribbon, silver star, white paint and glitter, shiny brown bead
Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint in equal parts of "Clean Canvas" and "Dog Bone". The star with the bird is a Christmas ornament also found at Walmart. I think I will make some shabby chic spoon designs to go with it, although I think the same 4 designs look great on it. Which one is your favorite, the green or antique white?
The next time you spot one of these spoon racks, don't let it pass you by and perhaps consider turning it into an advent calendar for your munchkins.
Christmas has been on my mind lately since it's my favourite time of year. And I have been busy crafting for it. Today a few of my fellow bloggers and I who like to repurpose will be sharing with you some projects made with "junk" to turn into Christmas Ornaments and decor. Another of my favourite things are miniature buildings. (This is my way to be an architect ;o)) Last week I shared a barn ornament and today I am adding to my mini building ornaments by sharing with you how to create a simple log cabin.