Upcycling Utensils for a Pretty Place Setting and a DecoArt Giveaway!

Upcycling Mis-Matched Utensils for a Pretty Place Setting + a DecoArt Giveaway! - offbeat + inspired

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I am the absolute worst at properly preparing for major holidays. I managed to knock out a few Mini Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving and some Wrapped Ball Ornaments for Christmas, but you may have noticed an extreme lack of turkeys and twinkle lights.

Upcycling Mis-Matched Utensils for a Pretty Place Setting + a DecoArt Giveaway! - offbeat + inspired

I really do love holidays,  but when it comes to DIY decorating I have the hardest time committing to projects I can only use for one month out of the year! I browse blogs for hours, reading about adorable (intensely themed) holiday crafts and seeing how people have done and redone entire rooms of their houses in preparation for the festivities. I look on with envy. I admire their ability to commit so wholeheartedly while I pay homage to the nearest holiday safely within my comfort zone, creating things I can continue to use year-round. These upcycled utensils, for example, are my wimpy salute to Valentine’s Day. However, if you’re a hardcore Valentine’s fanatic you’ll want to keep reading. This little project can be very romantic, I promise!

Upcycling Mis-Matched Utensils for a Pretty Place Setting + a DecoArt Giveaway! - offbeat + inspired

I’ve got a massive collection of utensils from years and years ago. I have cafeteria spoons that somehow made it home with me when I moved out of my college dorm room, I have forks and knives from a cheapo flatware set I found at Walmart when I got my first apartment, I have mix-matched sets Dave and I inherited from our parents — basically we have a 20 pound box in the storage room full of utensils that just don’t belong on the same table together… or do they?

Upcycling Mis-Matched Utensils for a Pretty Place Setting + a DecoArt Giveaway! - offbeat + inspired

I love it when mismatched objects are tied together with one common thread. By simply painting the handles of these spoons white, the set was transformed from an awkward storage room nuisance to a quirky match made in heaven!

Upcycling Mis-Matched Utensils for a Pretty Place Setting + a DecoArt Giveaway! - offbeat + inspired

Does a project get any easier?? I used the Americana Gloss Enamels paint in White from DecoArt. This paint is perfect because once it dries, you just have to let it cure for 48 hours and then bake your utensils in the oven at 350 degrees for half an hour in order for them to be perfectly dishwasher safe. The 48-hour cure is really important so that the paint bakes correctly, preventing it from chipping later on.

Upcycling Mis-Matched Utensils for a Pretty Place Setting + a DecoArt Giveaway! - offbeat + inspired

Now for the romantic part! Try putting together a sweet breakfast place setting like this for your loved one(s) this Valentine’s Day! As much as red, pink, chocolate, sugar and hearts say “I love you”, nothing will start your special day off better than a pretty little breakfast where you can show off your “brand new” utensils!

Upcycling Mis-Matched Utensils for a Pretty Place Setting + a DecoArt Giveaway! - offbeat + inspired

You can try this “dipped” look in other colors too, giving a great spring makeover to some of that old flatware.

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What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day? Are you doing something special?

The lovely dishes I used in this post were purchased from FindersKeepers Market! They are currently available at Anthropologie.

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  1. #1 Why is there a hole in the handle of that spoon? #2 If you wanted to use more than one color in your design, would you have to go through the cure/bake process with each color separately? Meaning, would the colors combine like watercolors, or can they be safely layered without unintentionally blending? #3 Can the entire spoon be painted and subsequently used normally, or is there a toxicity issue? Thanks!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      I’m not sure about the hole but I thought it was cute haha! :)

      You wouldn’t have to go through the whole cure/bake process twice. You would just have to wait for each color to dry between coats. These dry within about 5 minutes, so using multiple colors would be really easy!

      The paint shouldn’t be in direct contact with food, so I would only pain the handles. :D

  2. Tiff - what a great idea!

  3. I was just at the thrift store yesterday and saw that pile of unmatched silver…”someone should make these match”. You!! You!!
    P.S. Cause I just happen to have a container of eggs sitting by my beautiful setting :). You are too good.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Ohh I would have been tempted to snag every single one of those! And yess I couldn’t pass up using the eggs for this. :D I was pretending they were hardboiled so they made sense haha! :P

  4. Oh my gosh Tiffany…I adore this post. I love the pics and the place setting…and the photos! The flatware is, I agree, so perfect. Enough gushing. I’m off to enter the giveaway.

  5. So cute! I have a ton of extra silver…I’m thinking aqua!

  6. Oh my gosh- who would of thunk it? Not me- Love the dipped dip effect! CUTE!

  7. Love this

  8. I love it!

  9. Chelsea Wipf says:

    We are just planning on making some simple crafts with the kids from supplies that we already have on hand…kids will be excited!

  10. Love the white DIY up cycled utensils! Beautiful idea!! Love your blog so keep posting!

    My fav thing about V-tines day is outdoing our love for one another. We love each other everyday but I love the joy it brings to really love each other in each other’s love language. ;-)

  11. I love this idea esp for kids! One color for each child, no more fighting over he took my fork blah blah blah!

  12. My plans are dinner and a movie at home with the hubby.

  13. Lenora Brown says:

    I will be giving my grandchildren specially made Valentine purses and also doing homemade valentines with them. Maybe even some cookie baking and icing if we can find the time. : )

  14. Catherine Brown says:

    Making a special dinner and Valentine’s Cake.

  15. I work late on Valentines Day :( But I will make it for it that weekend during my WEEKEND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! <3 2/17 Baby! Valentine's Baby!

  16. Finally getting a night out without kids with my husband!

  17. JoAnn K Delery says:

    i forgot i had enamel paints as i had a project in mind when i bought them. well, as you will understand, i forgot all about it. now i can peruse our thrift stores for mismatched flatware and do some painting. i like what you have done!

  18. JoAnn K Delery says:

    oh, valentine plans, we’re going to celebrate our 30th anniversary!

  19. Awesome idea!

  20. We are staying in. We have an almost 2 month old and five year old. It will be family valentine’s day.

  21. There’s this cute little pizza shop in our town we will probably go to, likely as a family with our baby. Then we have some free movie passes for the local theater so maybe catch a movie after that. We don’t usually plan something until that day.

  22. What an awesome idea!!!

  23. It’s my mom’s birthday, so we are making a special dinner to celebrate her!

  24. I big fat pink puffy heart LOVE this project … my silverware at home is all hodge podge and I can’t wait to paint ‘em up and prettify them!

  25. OH, and I think we’re going to have our boys make dinner for us on Valentine’s Day :) They have been dying to cook so we’re going to take the plunge and let them!

  26. Lisa Short says:

    Sadly I will be alone as the hubby is out of town! :( Not the first and won’t be the last. He is an EMS pilot, so sometimes it happens. More time for me to craft!

  27. Vlalentines Day = dinner out!

  28. Alvina Castro says:

    hanging out at home with the munchkin eating yummy chocolates and watching a good movie

  29. dinner out

  30. Barbara Osburn says:

    I love being craftie, I made a huge widchime out of old silverware one time.

  31. Ann Fantom says:

    We don’t have any special plans for Valentine’s day. I’m probably make a red themed dinner for my husband and daughter.

  32. Starr Greenwell says:

    sadly, I don’t have any great plans, it will be pretty quiet.

  33. Love it! This is such a great idea, I’m seriously regretting the baskets of mismatched cutlery we threw away from my grandparent place… To the thrift shops!

  34. Love these ideas of yours, I’m now a fan and have subscribed :) Thank you

  35. love that idea for all my mismatched flatware that i have acquired over the years!! I am gonna do that!!! great idea!!

  36. love it!

  37. I love this idea. The gray scalloped dishes are absolutely adorable! Wherever did you find them?

  38. LOVE this idea!
    So simple but so clever!
    Sharing this one for sure! :)


  39. I have made several mixed media hearts that I shall deliver for Valentines. And I like your spoon idea as I just got a bunch of silverware from a local thrift for another project…now I have a second project!

  40. I will be at home melting my valentine’s candles, watching a lot of romance movie along with a bottle of wine.

  41. I’m going to bake something chocolate this year.

  42. Very good idea! Who would have thought! Lol!

  43. and I was just about to toss a pile of mismatched! Now what color??

  44. I’m getting a couple’s massage & catered breakfast for Valentine’s day.

  45. I love this idea! When I get my own house I want it to look like yours. It’s so adorable! This year for valentines day, I’m doing nothing. Last year I had science fair, but this year there is absolutely nothing going on. I’m forever alone :'(

  46. Holly Casey says:

    I really like the idea of reclaiming what has been “junk” flatware until now. Thanks for the inspiration. No plans for Valentines Day.

  47. Donna Ingalls says:

    My hubby and I will spend a lovely evening at home eating homemade lasagna and a chocolate cake.

  48. I work and my boy goes to class til late this year so we don’t have any special plans besides sleeping in during the next weekend.

  49. Daily Woman (Lacey) says:

    My Valentine Plan include the whole family. We are going to decorate cookies and have dinner.

  50. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Valentine’s Day doesn’t hold the meaning to me it used to. This year I’ll be going with my middle daughter to get a remote starter installed on her car, and then take her to lunch. The rest of the day will be like any other day.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Aww a special lunch with your daughter sounds awesome! I’m sure she’ll LOVE that remote starter too. I’ve been wanting to get one of those.. :P

  51. I will be making sweet heart sundaes with my girls

  52. I have no big plans.

  53. Absolutely love this idea and I’m definitely going to do this to my gaggle of mismatched utensils.

    I will be making dinner for the hubby and I and probably cuddling up to Netflix

  54. Staying home and have a nice dinner at home with my husband.

  55. I don’t have any plans yet

  56. My plans for this Valentine’s Day, the first since my husband died, are really quite simple. I am going to take a picnic lunch to the cemetery. Will take some flowers and a card for my sweetheart for both his birthday and one for Valentine’s Day. We used to go to the Red Lobster, I’m not quite ready for that yet, but we both love picnics. Then I’ll head home for a nice quiet evening.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s amazing and wonderful how you’re honoring him this year! That’s probably the sweetest thing I’ve ever read. Thank you so much for sharing that.

  57. No plans, probably a movie and dinner

  58. No big plans, just helping out in my twins’ classroom in school for their party!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Aww that’s fun! I remember the Valentine’s class parties, they were so exciting! We used to be able to send “secret admirer” carnations to friends (or crushes :P) and I remember always being so nervous/excited to see if I would get one! :)

  59. I plan on combining a valentine theme with my daughters birthday on Saturday. Love your idea of painting the handles of miss-matched silverware. Will go on the Deco-art website to find out where I can get the paint. Thanks

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      That sounds so fun! I left a link in the post that leads directly to the paint if you want to click over!! :)

  60. Julie Thompson says:

    I honestly don’t know what my plans are for Valentine’s Day my ex and I are kind of back together s o Idon’t know

  61. Love, love, love this….thanks for the great idea

  62. I’ve been lurking for a while and decided to finally “delurk.” Love this idea! I used to use enamel paint to personalize odd coffee cups to give to the teens in our youth group! and I love old flatware!! Thanks for the great idea!!

    Valentine’s plans…. our youngest has a middle school swim meet so we will be going to that to cheer him on! :) I don’t mind as we only have a few years of having the guys still at home!! I’ll probably bake up a special treat to put in school lunches and for an evening snack. :)

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you for “delurking” haha! (love that word by the way! :P) Doing coffee cups is a great idea too!! And family Valentine’s Days are amazing. I know V-Day for me was just with my family for the longest time and I loved it!

  63. Michelle Hudak says:

    We’re staying home and I’m making Chinese food for dinner and we’ll watch some movies

  64. I plan to sneak over to my Grandkids house and leave a Valentine basket on the porch before they leave for school. (hopefully they see it before the dog eats the treats!!)

  65. A get-together with my fellow spouses whose husbands are deployed!

  66. Monique Rizzo says:

    A movie and nice dinner.
    Thanks for the chance.

  67. Dinner with family.

  68. Nothing planned for Valentine’s Day! That’s okay though, I’m sure something interesting will happen.

  69. love this idea! very lovely :).

  70. cherie montorio says:

    Just staying in together, small dinner for two and a movie. My favorite….

  71. Jill Myrick says:

    We plan on having a fun family valentines dinner at home with our children this year.


  72. Amanda Kinder says:

    Sadly, I have no plans. It will just be another day for me.

  73. I get to spend a QUIET evening with my husband

  74. Angela Cisco says:

    I don’t have any plans

  75. I am so doing this to all of my miss matched silverware. So fun!!!

  76. No plans yet. Will be spending the evening with my hubby of 23 years.

  77. We’re going to the kids’ talent show at school.

  78. My hubby and I are hoping to be babysitting our 2 little grandsweeties while the kids go out for a nice dinner. We’ll be doing crafts and playing with our wonderful sweeties <3

  79. Going to dinner at Maggianos……yummy!!

  80. Ana Marcela Herrera says:

    I am just planning on making some simple crafts with the family.

  81. This was certainly a nostalgic visit for me! My mother, one of 14 children born to 100# Dutch parents, retold the story of the spoon jar (more than once)! With a family of 16, any extra dishwashing was frowned up, so spoons were placed in a jar at the table. Only if one needed a spoon would one ask (in Dutch), “Please pass the spoons!”

  82. We are also babysitting our grandchildren so the kids can be on their own. I have crafts planned too.

  83. Vikki Billings says:

    We are going to dinner at Red Lobster and then we are going to see A Good Day to Die Harder

  84. Plan to make a special dinner for the family.

  85. Lorena Keech says:

    A nice, quiet dinner with my husband.

  86. What a cute idea - thanks! Would the curing technique work with chalkboard paint as well, or would the heat ruin the ‘chalkboard’ effect?

  87. Just found your blog and love it! I was wondering where you found the blue place setting in the pictures with your silverware painting idea. I’ve been trying to find new dishes and these are beautiful! Thank you!

  88. I’m doing this now with my mismatched camping flatware. We always go camping with friends and it’s easy to mix up belongings.

    I have a question about the baking process, did you leave the silverware in the jars in the oven? I have a LOT of flatware and was hoping I could lie them flat on a cookie sheet or maybe aluminum foil the rack. Your input is greatly appreciated!

    P. S. Love the dishes!


  1. [...] For this project, I used Americana Gloss Enamels paint in “Primary Yellow” from DecoArt, which works great on surfaces like glass, ceramics and wood. (My niece used the same type of paint for her makeup brush handles.) I painted the utensil handles yellow, waited until they were dry to the touch, then painted an “h” (for my last name) using the same type of DecoArt paint in black. For wood items, let the paint dry for four days before using. For other types of utensils, check out Tiffany’s instructions from her upcycled silverware. [...]

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