A quick kitchen DIY for National Upcycling Day

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Tomorrow is one of the most exciting dates in any thrifty blogger’s calendar – 24th June is National Upcycling Day. If you have any plans to do up a piece of furniture or have been pinning sewing ideas on Pinterest for months, tomorrow is the day to start that task! I’ve always got a handful of DIY projects on the go at any one time so it’s a great excuse for me to crack on with them. Plus, if you get started tomorrow, you’ve got the whole weekend to really get stuck into the project and get it finished. Today I’ve created a really simple step-by-step to give your kitchen utensils an easy makeover and I’ve shared how to create your own compact spray-painting ‘studio’. Read on to see what I did…

I love the way that upcycling can help me save money by simply putting in a bit of time and effort to make something old and unwanted into something I can use and love. I’ve renovated an old display cabinet to use in my little vintage caravan, I turned a chest of drawers into a desk, stitched placemats into cushions and even made my own wallpaper from old books. Yes, my blog is full of DIYs and thrifty upcycling projects so I hope you’ll browse around my DIY Interiors category and get some inspiration for money-saving decorating.national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-10 national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-11For National Upcycling Day I’m sharing possibly the fastest and easiest DIY I’ve ever done. For a while now I’ve been pinning photos of kitchen utensils which have been dipped in paint to give them a splash of colour on the handles. I’ve taken inspiration from these projects and have spray painted the handles of my existing wooden spoon collection. There’s probably little need for step-by-step for this thrifty project but here’s what I did just in case you’d like to recreate these colourful utensils at home.national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-9 national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-2

  1. Measure and mark where you’d like the painted ‘handle’ to be on the utensils.
  2. Wrap masking tape around the utensil above this line and wrap masking tape over the head of the spoon too.
  3. Hold the utensil inside the ‘spray booth’ and give it a coat of all-purpose spray paint in bright colours. I used Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch in Berry Pink, Universal All-Surface Spray Paint in Sunset Orange and Painter’s Touch in Sun Yellow.national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-3national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-5national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-7
  4. It’s better to use a few fine coats of spray paint rather than one thick coat, as this will minimise drips and the paint will dry more quickly. Allow to dry between each fine layer of paint.
  5. Remove the masking tape and tie with coordinating ribbon to give as a gift or simply put them in a jar to display in your kitchen. Just be careful not to dip the painted parts into any meals you’re cooking in the future!

national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-8national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-14To create your own ‘spray booth’, simply cut down two corners of a cardboard box and fold the side down. This gives you three sides and the base to spray towards and will catch any overspray. You could even prop the utensils up while they are drying by using a little bit of masking tape.national upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craftnational upcycling day diy project makeover renovation step by step tutorial upcycle recycle thrifty thrift craft-6What do you think of my little upcycling project? Do you have anything planned to start on during National Upcycling Day? Let me know by leaving me a comment below or tag me in your project photos on Instagram @Cassiefairy.

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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