Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover

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My husband bought me this beautiful wooden salad serving set from Pottery Barn many years ago for Christmas.  They came with a beautiful big wooden salad bowl, but I will get to that later.  First, lets talk about these poor worn out wooden utensils that have been sitting under my desk waiting for their makeover for nearly 3 years.  I know, I know.  Shame on me.  What the heck took me so long to get started on this “Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover”?  I guess I was a little intimidated by them.  Their special, you know?  I mean, I love Rick.  He gave these to me, so I love them.  This makeover needed to work.

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You won't believe what this woman did with these old wooden salad servers!

While these poor dudes sat under my desk, I came across THIS.  WHOA!

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

I knew immediately that I could do this.  Somehow.  Some way.  I think.

But…there they sat for probably 2 more years.  Procrastination at it’s best.  I just kept ignoring them.  Until yesterday.  I finally said to myself, “What the hell is the matter with you, Julie.  Get the sander and just do it.”  I said, “Ok.”

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

So, I went to get our little electric sander out of the cobwebish green tool box it sits in.  I was shocked to realize that it seemed to be missing.  I checked over and over, and still no sander.  Hmmm.  Did someone steal it?  No, that can’t be.  I texted Rick and asked, “Where is the electric sander?”  He answered immediately and said he lent it to a co-worker.   😯

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

My red head turned deep red (and a little hot) and I really became quite upset with him.  I mean…who lends out an electric hand sander to a co-worker?  Rick does.  That’s who.

So, as I worked through my little tantrum, and we discussed this by text, I began to realize that-wait a minute…who gave me the spoons in the first place?  Rick did.  Why are they so special?  Because Rick gave them to me.  Was I still mad at Rick?  Yes.  I got over it though, and I eventually saw the irony.  I also drove by a church the other day and their little sign out front said, “Love doesn’t anger easily.”  I totally forgive you, Rick.

Okay…so back to the dilemma.  I decided to just sand them by hand with sand paper because there was no way I would put anything toxic on this wood that will be used in salads  It took a little effort and time, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  In fact, the old finish came off so easily I was concerned with how much of that stuff came off into our salad  😯 .

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

After I sanded them down to the handle where I planned on painting them, I wiped off the excess dust.  Then I wrapped the sanded parts in blue painters tape.  Next, I painted the bottom with blue & white acrylic paint using the spoons in the ad for my guide.  I copied the design in the ad as closely as I could using a very fine paint brush.  I found this part to be very relaxing and enjoyable.

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

After the paint dried, I sprayed a polyurethane on just the painted part (not the wood where food will touch it).  Then I rubbed olive oil on the sanded wood and look how gorgeous they turned out.  I love how the wood looks so natural now.

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

I know I’m not the best painter, but you get the idea.  You should try this, it’s very fun.

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

Now the only problem that I have, is getting the bowl finished before 2021.

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.

Here’s my popular salad recipe if you’re craving salad like me now…

Healthy Olive Garden Salad Recipe

You won't believe what this woman did to an old salad serving set. This Wooden Salad Serving Set Makeover is amazing & sounds easy to do.


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47 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    Dude, You did good, love, Dad in NY

  2. Paige.Rose says:

    Holy gorgeousness, Julie!!! You’re so inspiring & talented!!!

    Happy weekend Paige

  3. Kathy says:

    GREAT JOB..I love them!! Now get the bowl done NOW- don’t delay- you’re on a roll😁

  4. ColleenB. says:

    OHMYGOSH; they R Gorgeous. I so agree with your dad; U done Good and what a labor of love

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Colleen!! I still can’t believe how much fun this was. Maybe I should make more and sell 🤗

  5. Cheryl says:

    Sometimes you just don’t wanna throw something out cuz it looks shabby…a little paint and ingenuity and …VOILA. You did good

  6. Theresa Stewart says:

    Julie I absolutely love these and not just because blue is my favorite color! Such a great idea as gifts for the cook in the family.

  7. Linda says:

    Seriously, I have everything needed for this project. So, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get started! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. mari says:

    Amazing!!! You have such great talent!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Mari! Those little strokes scared me a little, but I liked the challenge. Thank you for those kind words 🤗

  9. Shirley says:

    Julie you did a great job! Haven’t they come up lovely? We used to have Pier 1 shops in England – they were called The Pier. Sadly they all closed years ago.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Shirley! I found this ad so long ago I bet they don’t even sell them anymore ha ha! Enjoy your weekend 🤗

  10. Ann says:

    Julie,
    Again what an inspiration you are. Isn’t it amazing how little things just pop in your head and you have a vision of what can be done just using what you have around the house.
    I love your new project and once again, thanks for sharing. have a great weekend.
    Ann

    • Julie says:

      Hello Ann! Thank you- you make me blush ha ha! I hope your weather is nice. Omg it is so pretty out today here in MI. I better get out of my pjs!!

  11. Patricia says:

    Que bonito. Bravo Julie

  12. Linda Hickey says:

    I love what you did with the wooden spoon sets.

  13. Cyndi says:

    Great job. They look great! Who’d a thought! I’m going to rub olive oil on my old ones! Yours look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  14. erika wilson says:

    What a great project! So are you gonna paint the outside of the salad bowl, too? Hopefully, soooooon! 🙂

  15. Julie says:

    Julie, Julie, Julie you never cease to amaze us!!! How awesome and creative!! Salads are definitely going to taste better with these ‘new’ utensils. =) A+++

  16. Melva says:

    Oh wow! This is seriously pretty. Pier 1 has nothing on you.

    • Julie says:

      Awww!! Thank you, Melva! 🤗

      • becky says:

        Oh Wow! This salad serving set is so beautiful ~ Absolutely great redo! They would even look fabulous hanging on a kitchen wall displayed!…. (while they are waiting for the bowl!) ~ Hope you are enjoying the warm weather back there…. ( gonna be 106 out here in No. California 2day, but I like that better, than rain!)

  17. Melissa says:

    OMG…they are gorgeous! So, much so, that I like yours so much better because they’re sentimental because Rick bought them and because you painted them yourself! You’re so talented…I want some now!

  18. Erma says:

    You did an excellent job. Love this idea! Now I wished I had my old wood salad spoons to redo.

  19. Chrystal says:

    Yes, great job! You made something drab looking to bright and cheerful!

  20. Linda of No.Cal. says:

    NIce !! Great painting. As my Mr. would say… “get-ER-done” !! LoL
    Olive Garden dressing is de-lish. take care… 1

  21. Linda of No.Cal. says:

    p.s I’ve got a number of “get-er-done” projects that are NOT completed.
    😱

  22. Kyle says:

    You did a great job! Way to go! Kyle

  23. Darlene says:

    Oh my, the light just went on! Going to make a basket ( or maybe 4) full of these cute things for a fundraising auction that aids young women college scholarships. In a small way I can help and have fun at the same time and all thanks goes to you…we all win!
    Thank you so much Julie💜

  24. Linda says:

    Beautiful !!!! 💙💙💙

  25. Jan says:

    Way to go! When I got to the end and saw the bowl, I just cracked up.

  26. carol says:

    It was worth the wait (and the anger)! They look great; all brand new and awaiting their ‘new’ bowl.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Carol! It seems so silly to me now how angry I got. He was laughing at this post when he read it. Thanks for stopping by 🤗

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