Summer Flatware Caddy

I seem to be on a bit of a upcycling trend lately, but I just cannot help passing up a good deal while thrifting! I recently found this little red napkin and silverware caddy for $1.99.  I liked the shape, and besides a bit of dust, it appeared to be new.

I used some Krylon Ocean Breeze I had on hand already, and did three coats, allowing each to dry for about 30 minutes in between.

I lightly sanded all over, and used a couple scrolly stencils for a faded look in the background.  Initially I was not super excited about the red peeking thru so much as I sanded.  However, remembering my summer napkins are red and white checked, I was in BUSINESS!  My favorite part of crafting (this is going to sound a bit odd I know) is when a project takes a huge turn, and goes in a different direction than I planned.  Life is like that it seems, not how we planned, but in many ways, better than we could have ever imagined.  That’s pretty deep for only one cup of coffee, let’s stay focused.

Between stencils, I dry-brushed on some acrylic paint in white, to keep the piece faded looking and touched up the edges too as they were very red by now.

I layered on one final stencil on the front, sanded again, and filled will my favorite summertime napkins, and an array of silverware that I like to call “eclectic.”  I really like how it turned out, don’t you? Not bad for a couple bucks and a little work. 

What I like the most about having a silverware caddy is how easy it is to serve up a casual outdoor dinner on the patio, and get all of my dishes set aside while I am putting the final touches on the meal.  Not to mention that the silverware is easy to put away when everyone is putting their feet up and letting the kids play on warm summer evenings, I am in and out of the kitchen a bit faster. 

Wishing you a wonderful, long summer full of lazy evenings relaxing with family and friends.  A big glass of iced tea, and a good book by your side.

Happy Creating & blessings to you,
Tanya 🙂

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  1. So cute! Following:)

  2. This came out great and I like your philosophy about thigs not going to plan.

    Robin Flies South

  3. You already know that I like cutlery caddies and this makeover is fantastic! It's amazing to see how different it can look with just paint and some sanding.

    Great tip to add some white paint in between stencils to cover up some of the red peeking through.

    Have fun taking it outside!

  4. This looks fantastic, Tanya. I recently picked up a silverware caddy at a garage sale also. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I need to get my hands on some nice stencils like that.

  5. I want this! I love, love, love the red gingham with the blue! Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches!

  6. That is adorable and will be so useful! May I borrow it for our cookout on Monday? Thanks. I'll bring it right back.

    Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. I'm your newest follower!

  7. That is quite a transformation! I love the colour you chose. You did a great job!

    If you ever feel like linking up to another party I host a Say G'day Saturday party every weekend and I would be so thrilled if you could join in!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  8. Love upcycled projects AND the new color! You're a NW girl???? Where? I wonder if we are close? :)I thanks for your visit! I always love following new NW friends!

  9. Love the colour of the caddy. I love how you have used the red gingham in the photo. (really effective(


  10. I love the stencil, the color, the functionality…everything! You made the caddy look so amazing, great job! 🙂

  11. Hy sweetie! i love your post! would you likw to follow each other? tell me what do u think! XXo

  12. Thanks so much for your visit and comments! They allowed me to find your wonderful blog! Love your silverware caddy. The color and stencil are perfect. I'm your newest follower.

    Have a wonderful week.

  13. Tanya, what a cute idea and I love that you took the time to make the box extra special with the stencil. It has so much more charm now. Thank you so much for coming and leaving such a sweet comment about my Sandlot Rascal rehab. I'm now following you and can't wait to see what else you come up with.

  14. This is a quite one;)
    Love the turquoise!
    Nice blog, I`m following you too;)

    Lovely greetings…

  15. What a great find and a pretty restyle! I have a bread box that is crying out for something new, I'm going to go for it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment. Yes, I'm following now :o)

  16. It looks wonderful Tanya! I love the blue & red together too! I really want a caddy for our kitchen as well…and you got an amazing deal! I am your newest follower! Angie xo

  17. Love the colours you used, this looks great, thanks for sharing, very inspiring.

  18. Great project! And great blog! I will be following!

  19. worth way more than $1.99 good for you!! great color!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  20. This turned out very cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Now following back!

    ~Jess @

  21. Very cute and love the color!

  22. I found a similar caddy with 6 removable cups that could be filled with utensils and napkins. I had a grand vision of doing exactly what you described, carrying the caddy outside easily before we sat down to a delicious dinner. But, alas, my boys have commandeered my caddy and I have a mild suspicion they have peed in one or all of them…

    When I'm less mad, I'll clean them

  23. Hi Tanya, the blue colour is so pretty and I love the red peeking through,it really goes well with your red napkins!!
    The stencille is something I've seen before,please check it out 😀

    Thank you for following me, I'm your newest follower!

  24. The blue colour is so pretty and I love the red peeking through!
    The stencill is something familiar to me,please check it out:)

    Thank you fro fllowing me, I'm your newest follower too!

  25. That is so pretty!

  26. Great makeover Tanya! What a bargain find!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  27. That is so clever – and yeah, pretty deep thoughts for one cup of coffee. I'm still waiting for mine to kick in. 🙂 Thanks for following Cranberry Morning. And now I'm following you back. So glad you stopped in. I'm going to enjoy following your blog!

  28. That looks fabulous Tanya! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog- I'm lovin your blog too and I'm your newest follower! I hope you will share this (and any other creations) at my link party- Pin It and Win It Wednesday @– it opens this evening!!

  29. Super cute! I love the colors and the stenciling technique to keep the fade! Great work!

  30. That's so pretty! and I love the pillow upcycle too, you're awesome! I'm a new follower 🙂

  31. Wow! I am your 31st commenter here! This is the best upcycle I have seen in a long time. The stencil really adds some pizzazz.I have a silverware caddy similar to yours and I love how simple it makes dinner parties. We rarely have formal sit-down affairs so my metal, vintage-looking one always fits the bill!
    By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog. I am following you now, too!<

  32. Really, really cute! Love the aged look and that blue is one of my favorite colors. 🙂

  33. Adorable! Love the colors. Can't wait to see what you come up with next. Thanks for visiting!! I am your newest follower.

  34. Pretty pretty pretty! Love the color! Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  35. Saw this on TT&J…and loved it. Thank you for stopping by my blog and joining! I'm following you now too! Love that you love spray paint like I do 🙂

  36. Love the white/turquoise combo. It looks so pretty
    with just a bit of the red showing through.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit. Following along with ya!

  37. Tanya , this is REALLY beautiful!
    love the easy you did it, so "suave", no harsh strokes, love the stencil, I want this caddy!:0)

    And thank u so much for leaving such a nice comment on my blog!!


  38. Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Your project turned out great! What a good price and to make it look so awesome. Love the color!


  39. Tanya, LOVE the way this turned out! So pretty and perfect for summer entertaining. 🙂

  40. Thanks for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects party. Just wanted to let you know that I'll be featuring this project tomorrow 🙂
    I hope you will stop by and grab a button.

  41. Really cute!!! Nice change up and your comment about life and projects and being deep made me laugh!

  42. SO very cute! I love the way the red peeks through and the stencil looks great on here!

  43. Such a great find that you made even better! Love the checkered red and white on the teal. Beautiful!

    Thanks for stopping by. I'm following you back 🙂


  44. Just perfect!!

  45. You are so creative! I love all your projects! Now following your site!

  46. Super cute!! New follower! Have a great day!

  47. I love it, and think our readers will do also. May I invite you to come participate, and link it up at our linky party,

  48. Absolutely sweet!

  49. This is a GREAT upcycle! and the turquoise is a perfect summertime color! We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We love seeing all of the great recipes and fun ideas! Hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  50. Stopping by to let you know that I featured this post on my blog today. 🙂 Stop by to grab a button, if you want!

  51. i just love this, tanya! tfs!

  52. I love this! I need to learn more how to distress wood, I just love the look and the stencil is just perfect with this:) Just dropping in form Becolorful to check out your caddy and to invite you to Freedom Fridays. So hoping to see you there!

  53. It's adorable! Nice job!

  54. I love this! Great deal and you made it PERFECT! XO, Aimee

  55. It was a happy shade of red but this is such a pretty look. Good for you for seeing the potential. Thanks for sharing this on BeColorful this week.

  56. LOVE IT!!! The look is FABULOUS!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  57. Really sweet! You are ready for a party!

  58. Congrats!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer – From Dream To Reality!!! Come grab your featured button 🙂

  59. I LOVE this little caddy, girl! Loving the pale blue and checkered red combo! Great job!
    XO, Barbara @ Chase the Star

  60. love your turquoise caddy too! my patio is in turquoise and red/hot pink and i love this color combo.

    I am your newest follower.

  61. Thanks a lot for the post.

  62. AY80ev Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Many thanks for providing these details.

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