Creations, Painted Flatware

What should you do when you have some gorgeous new plates, but no flatware to go with them?


Why, paint some of course!!  These are $1 forks from Target, the same forks that I used for the Seashell Flatware


I used glossy acrylic enamel paint and painted the stems about 1/3 of the way up with a yellow I mixed with a touch of white and orange, to mellow it out a little,  and soften the bright yellow color


Don’t fret that it looks like a hot mess at first, patience!! Let that dry thoroughly.


A flat, square brush works great for adding “checks” around the edge


Next a green stem and some leaves


A dot of orange for some color


The paint brush tip end is great for painting perfect dots


Smaller red dots around the leaves and as a border are added between the yellow handle and the rest of the fork

painted flatware

Ta da!  Once it’s finished you don’t notice any little imperfections~


I didn’t try to copy the pattern, just matched the colors and the general feel of the design

painted forks

Stop by on Sunday and I will show you how they look on my Mother’s Day table~

NOTES:  To wash forks, dip unpainted tines and neck of fork in hot soapy water.  Do not soak.  Paint is very durable but is subject to chipping with rough handling.  You can clear coat it with clear nail polish or spray varnish for extra protection, or to get a glossy finish if using matte paint.

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25 Responses to “Creations, Painted Flatware”
  1. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    They turned out cute! Happy Mother’s Day Weekend Jenna-enjoy:@)

  2. Mary says:

    So clever and creative Jenna, I love how they match your Villa della Luna! It would have never occurred to me to paint the flatware but I don’t have your talent with the paintbrush 🙂 So fun for gifting or personalizing the table!

  3. fairhopesupplyco says:

    This is a fabulous idea to make a great matching set for the entire table. You have paint, and aren’t afraid to use it!

  4. These are wonderful, Jenna! Makes me want to pick up some $1 flatware and dig out the paints. Fun and pretty!

  5. Rosie says:

    Oh, my goodness: what a terrific idea, Jenna!! I’m not really very artistic, but I think if I tried a simple design, this is actually something I could pull off. I LOVE the way yours turned out and can’t wait to see your finished table. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and many thanks for sharing your creativity. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  6. I love your “If I can’t find what I want in the store, I’ll just make my own!” attitude and creativity!!!!!!

  7. So simple but utterly brilliant. I just the color and design.

    Have a beautiful weekend.

  8. Kim says:

    You make this look so easy, Jenna! Hey, maybe we need to barter. I sew for you…you paint for me…. 😉

  9. Virginia says:

    LOVE the forks!

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  11. Sandra Garth says:

    Love this idea!

  12. How fun! Perfect for a party! Pinning to our Monday Funday board. Thanks for linking it!

  13. Tina says:

    What a great idea! Another project to put on my to-do list 🙂
    Have a great day.

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