Oversized Silverware Art Work

You may remember me talking about our dining room inspiration and wanting to add an oversized piece of artwork above our buffet like this one:

Since we were trying to keep a tight budget on this room, I tried to come up with a way to DIY something on a large scale that wouldn’t cost much.  My first thought was to buy a sheet of plywood.  They are typically 4’x8′ which would be plenty big enough to cover that wall but after talking it over with Mike, we decided to try and break it up into three smaller pieces.  We have another large scale item on the adjacent wall and didn’t want the room to overtaken with big pieces.  Enter these 2’x4′ pieces of wood we found at Home Depot for $6 a piece.

We had the nice man at Home Depot cut each sheet in half so we ended up with four 2’x2′ pieces of wood.  We only needed three of them for this project so we still have one left to play with another day. We had planned on buying some cheap wood for this project so I bought three yards of muslin fabric in advance to cover it in.

You can see where there was some weird, discolored parts on the board so you would either want to paint it {which may or may not cover all the imperfections} or cover it with fabric.  Then I stapled it in place:

I did the same thing with all three boards.

From there we had to come up with a clever way to paint the silverware.  Since neither of us are super artists, we didn’t think free-handing silverware would look all that great {I’ll admit, the fork had me nervous}. I have to give Mike credit for this one: a flashlight and piece of silverware.

It worked perfectly.  We sat in our bedroom with the Pudgeman and traced away.  Mike laid the light on the bed and held up the silverware while I took a pencil and traced around it.  Pretty cool, huh?  Then I took the boards into the kitchen and painted them by mixing a couple colors I had on hand {a light gray and black} to get a charcoalish color.

Then I sat the boards up to dry for a little bit.

To hang them, we used some little hook thingies we had in a kit we had on hand.

And Mike hung them from a nail in the wall.

Aren’t they fun?

They’ll look even better once I get the buffet and rest of the room styled and pretty but I love how they look in there.  Fun, simple, and cheap! We made all three pieces for $12.  Pretty good, right?

What do you think? Anyone painted anything lately?





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  1. I love it. Great idea!


  2. Angela Jones says:

    Very cool and also such a clever way to trace your silverware! Way to go Mike and Jess! You guys make a great team!!

  3. This is really cute! I like the price tag as well, can’t beat it! I found your blog through the tip junkie link party, thanks for sharing!

    Brie from darlingdoodles.blogspot.com

  4. Very creative, love how thrifty you were able to do this. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Super cute idea!

  6. A flashlight! Of course! Except my husband wouldn’t be nearly as accommodating.

  7. This is really creative and cute!!

  8. What a great idea! I love how you got the shape from using the light/shadow. I’d love for you to link up to my new linky party –

    Creative Genius @ http://www.thecreativepaige.com

  9. What great silhouettes!

  10. Thanks for linking up to the Creative Genius Link Party! I’d love to see you link up again tomorrow!


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