1.19.2015

DIY Color Dipped Bowls

While the husband was working on our front porch project – which I hope to show you later this week, assuming I can get home before dark to take some decent photos –  I decided to upgrade these simple wooden bowls I recently bought at the thrift store. I mean, aren't they the happiest little bowls you've ever seen?!


I was driving home from work last week when my route was redirected because of construction. I got on an unfamiliar highway, promptly missed my exit and found myself in front of – wouldn't you know it? – my favorite thrift store. Subconscious driving? I don't know. I took it as a sign that I should go in, of course. About 10 minutes later I emerged with two miniature trophy vases and four wooden bowls. "Smalls," as they would call these purchases on American Pickers.


I have a thing for wooden bowls. I have no idea why. My husband thinks this is a really weird item to have "a thing" for, but I don't care. Wooden bowls are classic and one can never have enough!
* cough * Hoarders * cough *

I had a specific vision for these bowls right away. I thought I could instantly modernize them by doing a color dipping treatment with some painter's tape and spray paint. This isn't my first rodeo with the "color dipped" look. We had a long love affair back in 2012 that started when I made these color dipped spoons for my friend's bridal shower. I loved them so much that I made a rainbow version for a wedding gift and even some glittery wooden spoons for myself, which I am still using on a daily basis.

I hand painted all of those wooden utensils, but I thought this project called for some spray paint. So I started off by taping off all of my bowls that only the bottom third was showing.


After a few coats of spray paint and some clear varnish, I had the cutest wooden bowls on the block! There is something so satisfying about pulling off painters' tape to reveal a finished project.


I'm sure you've seen these types of bowls at the thrift store before. I hope I've inspired you to give them another look. I know I'll be on the lookout for more now so I can add to my collection!


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