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.
While these poor dudes sat under my desk, I came across THIS. WHOA!
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.”
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. 😯
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 😯 .
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.
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.
I know I’m not the best painter, but you get the idea. You should try this, it’s very fun.
Now the only problem that I have, is getting the bowl finished before 2021.
Here’s my popular salad recipe if you’re craving salad like me now…
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