You would think that I collect kitchen utensils on purpose. I don’t know why I have so many spoons and whisks and spatulas and rubber spatulas and garlic presses and potato mashers. You name it, I’ve got at least 3 of them. My “collection” started out as just the necessaries to get meals made and evolved into the beast it is today.
My very first crock was a gorgeous flower vase. Then I outgrew that and got a real, from the store crock. I soon outgrew that one also and started to keep my eyes out for the next big thing for my kitchen utensils.
So when I was traipsing around Target looking for those delightful red and white clearance stickers I was floored. Was there really a crock that was big enough for ALL of my kitchen utensils, and with three separate sections for me to divide up my bamboo, rubber and metal tools? Awesome! Even though I didn’t like the looks of it, I snatched that little baby up.
I put that sucker right into use. I loved it. It was perfect but I still didn’t like the look of it. So I got all of my craft stuff together and set out to beautify it up a bit. But, wait. Stop right there. This little genius started cleaning her crock and found a previously unnoticed tag on the back. It said “wine rack”. What? So there it is. I bought a wine rack thinking it was some kind of new and nifty utensil crock. But guess what, it’s the best dang crock I have ever had!
Now, remember – because this is a wine rack your crock won’t have bottoms to hold in the utensils. This is totally fine with me because I just slide my crock around when I’m cleaning my counters but this may not work out for you if you need to pick yours up frequently (unless you add bottoms!).
Check out the tutorial below to make your own! This is a super duper easy one! Plus, you can use the puff paint method with anything!
You’ll be needing: wine rack/crock or other item to decorate, puff paint, spray paint, cotton swabs, polyurethane spray
STEP 1: Give a really good clean to your wine rack. Especially if you’ve had it in use. There could be stray grease or anything else that you can’t see hanging out on there. Remove any tags and sticky feet. (I wondered why on the earth my crock had sticky feet on the back of it. I had convinced myself it was something to do with not scratching the backsplash. Ha!) Use alcohol to remove anything sticky and stubborn.
STEP 2: Get out your puff paint and rock it like it’s the 80s again! Make any pattern that you like. I went with an assortment of dots – mostly because this was my first puffy project since, well, the 80s. Mine kept belching a big ol’ mess on me. If you’re more talented with it you can draw images, or write what goes into each section! But, whenever you get an inevitable splotch while painting, use a dry cotton swab and gently wipe it away. If you get it pretty quickly it won’t dry and you won’t be able to tell at all.
Finish up your pattern and put it someplace safe to dry. Mine seemed dry to the touch a little over an hour later, but I gave it four hours before moving onto the next step, just to be safe.
STEP 3: Tape off anything you don’t want painted, or tape off nothing if you are going to spray it all. I gave mine three light coats of lavender Krylon. I finished it up with 2 coats of satin polyurethane to help prevent my tools from scratching that beautiful paint job up!
After everything is all dried up, bust out those whisks and spoons and everything else and get that little sucker into use. Since you’re going in forewarned about the whole crock/wine rack issue – you can act the total genius when anyone asks where you found such an interesting utensil holder! Happy Monday!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website