Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Quickie Spray Paint Project

One downside to our kitchen is the lack of useable drawers and cabinets. The drawers are all super-skinny, and we couldn't find a silverware drawer designed for them. While we were shopping for storage containers at Target, I saw this little caddy on the clearance rack, and voila! Our silverware storage problem was solved.

It spins around and takes up very little space, so it works perfectly in our small kitchen. The orange looks nice and peppy, but it really clashed with the maroon countertop (and we're renting, so unfortunately, the countertop color is not in our control). The maroon doesn't look too bad in these photos - it has a more purple tinge to it in person. Blech.

Anyway, I decided I could easily spray paint the orange while working on another spray paint project, which I'll post about later.

The base of the silverware caddy was attached with a screw, which I figured could easily be removed for painting. 

I got out my pliers and, man, was that sucker on tight!! After much cajoling and just a tiny bit of accidental bending of the top ring/handle, I managed to get the base off the caddy.

Ha! Take that, screw.

I set the base on a yogurt container for easy and even painting around the edges. 

I couldn't get the top portion to detach from the silverware caddy (I thought it would just slide right out once I took the bottom off, but there was actually some sturdy construction going on there), so I got creative with some paper and painters tape to protect the dark gray baskets while I painted the orange top. I painted one side, let it sit for 20 minutes, then flipped that little ring over and painted the other side.

When it was dry, I put it all back together:

A little plain, but it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb on the countertop anymore. Here is the Before and After side by side:

The Before picture actually looks better, I think! Waaah!! 

Oh well, in the long run I think it will be better to have fewer crazy colors in the kitchen (for my own peace of mind).


  1. Loving these little vignettes into your micro-worlds! I think the After looks better - less Target, more Williams Sonoma :-)