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My grandmother had a spoon holder that hung in their dining room. I wanted to play with it and my repurpose spoon holder would hold wildflowers or Barbie shoes!

Spoons from all around the US hung inside grandma’s holder. I often wondered how she collected them. She spent her life on the farm. And farm work does involve much travel, except to the feed store. Maybe feed stores carry collector spoons.

The idea of collecting spoons was popular in the last 19th and early 20th century according to collectors weekly.

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Vintage spoon holders of all shapes and sizes sit on thrift stores everywhere. Collecting spoons isn’t as popular now. But the holders find other uses with a little updating. 

Supplies to update your spoon holder:

  • Spoon holder
  • Small screwdriver
  • Sandpaper 220 grit and 400 grit
  • Cloth for cleaning
  • Angled paintbrush [I adore this paintbrush]
  • Chalk-based paint in your favorite color
  • Craft paints
  • Stencil brush
  • Stencil [this is the one I used]

brown spoon holder with 2 drawers

 The first thing I wanted to update was the color. I call this color thrift store brown.

removing spoon rackRemove the spoon holder screws from the back and the knobs on the drawers. I keep small parts in a glass, so I don’t lose them. 

sanding woodLightly sand all surfaces with 220 grit sandpaper. You do not need to sand the thrift store brown finish completely. Just light sand to remove any grime and give a rough surface.

Next, use a slightly damp cloth to remove sanding dust.

chalk-based paint for woodTime to paint the pieces. I used Kilz chalk-based paint in white and painted two coats. Two coats create a deeper color. I used a one-and-a-half-inch angle brush to paint the holder.

Remember to sand lightly between each coat of paint. I use a #400 grit sandpaper to smooth the brush lines between layers.

This piece is a perfect candidate for spray paint with the nooks and crannies. But painting with a brush is relaxing for me. Plus, I enjoy the look of hand painting. 

stencil on holderThe holder needed a soft shabby detail. This stencil is a quick and fast way to add detail. The transfer is sticky on the back and fits into the grooves. I loved that the wreath peeks over the spoon holder. 

Now it’s time to replace all the pieces. Add the spoon holder piece and the knobs on the drawer fronts.

jewelry in spoon holderHang the spoon holder turned jewelry holder. 

stencil on open drawerI added shabby detail to the drawer edges for a surprise and a smile when the drawers open.   

 Now your updated spoon holder is ready to hang or set in a frame holder. 

repurpose spoon holder placed in a frame holder to sit on a buffet table.

6 ideas to repurpose spoon holder

The spoon holder has the new job of holding my jewelry. Other ideas to hang in your repurposed holder:

  • Pens
  • Readers {we’re always looking for ours}
  • Keys
  • Artist paintbrushes
  • Spoons {a collection of dessert spoons or forks on a buffet table would be adorable} 

Here are additional thrift store finds repurposed into treasures. Can you guess what was used to make this farmhouse windmill sign?

You’ll be stacking baskets and organizing when you see this idea. I love a display of twine and yard on the coffee table.

Okay, I kept something from you!!!!

There’s one more idea for a repurpose spoon holder, but it’s quite strange.

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