Does anyone else seem to have an abundance of inexpensive silverware kicking around? I actually don’t even know where mine came from. Seriously, no clue how it got there. I see a ton of the same kind at thrift stores and yard sales, but this stuff snuck into our house somehow—I swear, we’re not fork, spoon and knife hoarders. So what to do with cheap, mostly mismatched silverware? Upcycle it with some pretty pops of color to unify the set into place settings.
This week, I’ve been busy wrapping up an editorial wedding photo shoot—basically a pretend wedding where I get to choose the colors, theme, and setting, and best of all, there’s no Bridezilla looming. We had an AMAZING team lending their respective outstanding talents with the shoot, and I have another DIY project coming at you soon from the shoot, but for today, let’s talk silverware. Specifically, the tangerine orange and cobalt blue variety.
I needed a strong pop of color for my place settings but couldn’t find any silverware in the colors I needed. Then I remembered my drawer of misfit silverware and a light bulb went off. Me being me, I thought, “Eh, I can totally do this with spray paint.” Because it’s my answer to nearly everything. I grabbed a few pieces of flatware that looked similar and then ran out to hunt down spray paint in the right colors. I found my colors at Michael’s—Pumpkin Orange and Cobalt Blue—and lickity split, I was in business.
It was a super easy project and I can already see myself using the same technique in different colors for a birthday party, an Independence Day party, a wedding shower, a garden party (yes, I have that much excess cheap silverware). I made a few different sets in both colors for the photo shoot, but it pretty much all boiled down to the same process: clean, tape, prime, paint and repeat about a dozen times over. But as you can see from the shot above, it was all worth it. Everyone will be so smitten with the pops of color on your table, they’ll never notice that silverware is nothing special. Or wasn’t, until the flatware-spray-paint love connection happened.