This project was inspired by a similar piece from the blog, Crap I’ve Made (I love that name). I wanted one just like it, in my kitchen colors, and the word strips were added in because of a mistake I made while creating this piece. More on that in a bit…
I just grabbed several things I already had around my house and started crafting! I had this old frame that was starting to lose the stand on the back and this pretty blue spray paint I had left over from my daughter’s school desk makeover. The utensils are part of the set I had when I bought my first house, so it’s kind of cool to include them in this kitchen art piece.
I started by brushing Mod Podge onto the back of the backing…if that makes sense? I thought the smoother side would do better with the Mod Podge and the patterned paper, than the cardboard side would. If you follow my blog, you might remember this yellow paper I used to line my IKEA trays? I have a bunch left over, and it goes perfect with the yellow accents in our kitchen. I pasted the paper on and allowed it to dry before cutting it with my craft knife. I stacked some pretty heavy books on top to prevent wrinkles in the paper as it dried.
It turned out great, but I could see the holes where the stand was, raised up on the paper surface. At first, I had planned on placing the utensils in the fork-knife-spoon order, but the knife in the middle wouldn’t cover that raised area. That’s when I decided to switch it up a bit and make a little fun out of this flaw, and cover the raised area with the fork, which covered them better.
I have always liked the funny vintage photos with the word strips and decided that would be perfect for this piece in the empty space above the spoon. I typed these words out on Canva in the Special Elite font, trying to get the text color as close to the spray paint color as I could. Canva is a great program to create designs like this and is my go-to for graphics and photo collages here on my blog and on Pinterest.
I just love this blue spray paint color from Krylon, called Blue Ocean Breeze. It covered the utensils very nicely and although this is paint and primer in one, I still sprayed a separate primer before painting since it’s stainless steel. To keep the Mod Podge from wrinkling the word strips, I (very) lightly rolled it on to the back with a toothpick before sticking them to the background.
I have to say, the words and the way the utensils are set up perfectly describe me, and my not-so-organized kitchen. Thanks to those raised spots, I got to have a little fun with my kitchen art piece. It’s like Bob Ross used to say, “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents”… well, I present to you, my happy accident- AKA ‘Out of Place’. It’s better than ‘Karla’s Kitchen’ (like the sign my Mom had in her kitchen in the 80’s), right? And still the same meaning…
Thanks to Char of the blog, Crap I’ve Made for the inspiration…I love my new kitchen art piece!