Mother’s Day: For the Mom Who Loves to Cook Pt. 2

So, usually when you read a “Part 1” post, it’s safe to assume that a Part 2 will soon follow, right?  Well, that was the original plan, but I swear it’s a law of nature that the weather warms up and life goes CRAZY!  I’ve had lofty goals of getting things posted lately, but have put them on the back-burner for some much needed family R&R after a CRAZY April.  But, I’m back in the game with Part 2 of the cooking mother’s day gift.  And since it’s been over a week since Part 1 was posted, you’d think I was working on something slightly difficult and involved, right?  Nope, Part 2 is super simple:

A recipe stand (courtesy of some Shanty2Chic inspiration).  I get tired of constantly looking down at my recipe as I’m trying to cook something, and trying to remember where I set it down, so I thought if mom had something she could look right at while she’s cooking with her new spoons, it would make it a little more convenient.

And in keeping with the spirit of my craziness lately, I have almost no pictures of the process, but it’s fairly straightforward.  Start with a stained block of wood–mine is 8×10 and stained in Dark Walnut by Minwax.  I purchased it at The Wood Connection, but I think you can find these in most craft stores.

Then…
1. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to size.
2. Coat the block with Mod Podge & adhere the scrapbook paper.  I always rub it down with a credit card (or my Cricut scraper thing–sorry, I know that’s not descriptive)–something with a flat edge, so you rub all of the bubbles out.
3. Once the “undercoat” of Mod Podge has dried (it only takes a few minutes), sand the edges of the paper with a fine grit sandpaper .
4. Brush on another coat of Mod Podge over the top and let it dry.
**Small note here: The “top coat” of Mod Podge and I DO NOT get along.  I always have a perfectly beautiful looking piece until I brush on that top coat of Mod Podge and then, without fail, the paper bubbles, but I’ve learned that the trick is patience, a plastic cutting board, and something heavy.  A lot of the bubbles will sort of suck themselves back down as it dries if you’re patient (which I’m usually not), but if you get some stubborn bubbles, gently try to rub them out with your fingers, then when the Mod is just slightly tacky, turn the board over, Mod side down, on a plastic cutting board and set something heavy on top to distribute all of the weight.  Periodically lift it back off the cutting board so it doesn’t stick too much and rip the paper.  Keep putting it back down with the heavy stuff on top, until it’s dry and it should end up bubble-free.**

5. When the top coat of Mod Podge is dry, glue a stained, wood applique on the front and a clothespin on top of the applique, and screw a stained finial (from the hardware store) to the top.

6. And since this will be in the kitchen, where food tends to splatter, I finished it with a spray coat of Rustoleum Clear Gloss so it can be wiped down with a wet cloth (Mod Podge doesn’t like water).

I think I’m actually going to paint the back with some chalkboard paint so she can write a grocery list (or whatever she wants) on the back.  These also make great picture holders if mom isn’t into the recipe thing.

And there you have it.  Mother’s Day for the mother who enjoys cooking!

Come back tomorrow for another, even simpler, Mother’s Day gift idea.

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Mother’s Day: For the Mom Who Loves to Cook PART 1

Just when I thought we were entering a holiday hiatus I remembered that Mother’s Day is fast approaching– let the April whirlwind continue. I’m a big proponent of the handmade gift (shocker), and what better holiday than Mother’s & Father’s Day to make something truly from the heart.  So for the next few days, I’ll be sharing what I’ll be giving for Mother’s Day.
Have you seen these “dipped” kitchen tools floating around Pinterest and in Target’s new line of summer dishes (which I DYING over)?  It was love at first site for me!  You know, one of those sort of wonderfully simple things that just makes something prettier and makes you smile–right up my alley!!
So, these will be part of a gift for the mom in my life who enjoys cooking.  I’m aware that gifts of the cooking/cleaning variety aren’t for everyone, and giving a cooking gift on Mother’s Day may be flirting with disaster for some, but for someone who actually finds joy in it, I thought these “dipped” cooking utensils would be a great way to add a little bit of pretty to her kitchen and cooking.  (I think I’ll also be giving these as housewarming gifts in the future.)
Here’s how I made my paint “dipped” cooking tools:

I have to start by saying that I didn’t actually dip mine, I painted them.  I didn’t want the mess of letting them drip, pouring paint into taller containers, etc., so I just went with the old paint-it-on method.

These were a set from Walmart for $5.00.  (I checked the restaurant supply & dollar store and Walmart actually had the best quality for the price.)
Then, I taped them off–couldn’t find my blue tape and masking tape worked just fine (not the case for all paint projects, just FYI).  When deciding how far down to tape, keep in mind what you’ll be cooking because if you plan on stirring soups or sauces, you won’t want paint touching your food since it’s probably not food safe.

I wanted the utensils to match Part II of the gift (this is just a peek), so…
…I custom mixed myself a little paint, to match some of the deeper pinks in the paper, with a red mistint and a little Martha Stewart Ballet Slipper.
Start painting thin coats (I used a foam brush) and keep painting until you get a nice thick finish that looks “dipped”.  It doesn’t matter what paint finish you use (mine were a variety out of my stash), because you’ll be “shinning” them up later.
A little shot of the “process” and all of my little pretties drying.
Now for the shiny part:
I noticed that a lot of the “dipped” utensils around Pinterest have that really glossy, almost rubbery coating, which I really like.  So to get that glossy finish and and also so they’ll wash well (fingers crossed–I haven’t actually tried that part yet) I just brushed on a coat of polyurethane after the paint had dried.
See that shine?
But a little warning about the poly: it’s DRIPPY so after you brush it on, you need to keep wiping around around the tape until the poly is sticky enough to stop dripping–otherwise you’ll have poly on your spoon, which I dare say, probably isn’t food safe.
And speaking of sticky, let me give you one final IMPORTANT pointer: the tape needs to come off as soon as the poly is just sticky enough not to drip anymore. Otherwise, it will peel the paint off the spoon and you’ll have a messy line.
Let them dry for a day or two and they’re ready to use!
The colors I used (in case you’re wondering), from left to right are:
Martha Stewart-Ballet Slipper
Martha Stewart-Bakery Box
“Custom” mix of a yellow mistint & Martha Stewart-Pencil
“Custom’ mix of red mistint & Martha Stewart-Ballet Slipper
Martha Stewart-Sea Glass

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