Pottery Barn had these metal silverware silhouettes a while ago. Some of you might remember them? I've never stopped thinking about them - I'm a sucker for kitchen related art. When I realized we needed something to decorate the wall opposite our hutch, I knew I had to try and recreate these on the cheap.
We went to Lowe's and picked up an $8 piece of 1/4" thick 4x8 birch plywood. We had them cut it into four 1x2 boards.
I sketched out a fork, spoon, and knife on plain paper. Using some carbon paper Matt snagged from work, I transferred them onto the boards. If you don't have carbon paper, you could cut out the shapes and trace them like a stencil, or scribble with a pencil on the back of the sketch to make some makeshift carbon paper. Either way should work great!
We don't have a jigsaw, but we do have a multisaw attachment for the Dremel, so that's what we used. Matt cut out the shapes of the silverware, and then used a sanding attachment to smooth the edges. I also sanded by hand around the edges of the cut out and the edges of the board for a smooth finish.
I knew I wanted the silhouettes to be black, but I didn't want them to have even a hint of shine. I had some chalkboard paint on hand from another project, so I used that. I love the matte almost metallic finish. It only took one coat and some touch ups.
And the finished product:
Don't mind how off the fork looks in the last picture - the patio door is right next to the table and is casting a weird shadow in the picture.
What do you think!? Not bad for $8 buckaroos right!?
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