Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Before & After & Tutorial – Salt & Pepper Shakers

I have a customer requesting hand painted, large (10 inch) wooden salt & pepper mills.  I found what I wanted and started with this:
Here’s the after (in case you can’t wait!):
Big difference, huh?  My customer wanted black, cream, harlequin, stripes and leopard print.  Here’s the process of how I created these….
First step, I took my sanding block and went to town sanding these down.  They were very shiny and smooth, and they need to be roughened up if any paint is going to stick. I sanded them, and sanded them, and sanded them some more…
I used a medium grit like this one:Blog2
After many, many sandings, they started to look like this:
No more shiny:Blog4
I started with a coat of acrylic paint:
then sanded them … I know … they look horrible at this stage:
Don’t forget to tape the knobs at the top so they don’t
get painted:
I decided that was going to take too many coats of paint and sandings in between, so I gave them a nice solid basecoat of Restoleum’s Heirloom White spray paint:
After a few coats, and sanding in between, they look like this (I already started painting one of them black):Blog9
I used some templates I made on my Cricut to help with the placement of the harlequin pattern, but painted the leopard pattern freehand.  Also attempted the look of stripes, but with the rounded and tapered surface I felt  it wasn’t going to look right when painted.Blog10
I decided polka dots was going to work much better on the tapered areas, and I was able to incorporate the stripes at the bottom instead (see below on left, prior to removing blue tape):
Here is the painted set – finally!:
Next I reached for my glaze (color = smoke):
Using a sponge brush, I applied the glaze and then wiped off with a towel. I did this many times to get the right look, and to get glaze in the crevices.
Now it has the aged look we were going for:Blog15
All finished except for adding the “S” and the “P” in rhinestones at the bottom:
 Finally, I added some bling and script lettering:

Hoping my client is as pleased with the results as I am!  Thanks for visiting!  Linking up to A to Z's Tutorial Tuesday and Chic on a Shoestring and Miss Mustard Seed and Funky Junk Interiors and Be Different Act Normal and Under The Table and Dreaming and The Lettered Cottage and Just a Girl.


  1. They turned out great. I am so copying that finish. I love it. Great job and she will love them too.

  2. Very cute! What color glaze do you have?

  3. The glaze is Ralph Lauren's Smoke color.

  4. Love these! What a cute and clever way to update something so ordinary into something so fun!! Thanks for the great photos and the great tutorial. I'll be looking for a set of these to transform for myself. Thanks!

  5. WOW these are so adorable. Great job and thank you for the tutorial. I am keeping my eye out for a pair of these.

  6. Lori, messed up the previous post lol. Your customer will love these, so stylish!
    Hugs, Loretta

  7. these turned out great, love the patterns!

  8. These look great! I just saw some at the thrift store yesterday. I hope they are still there.


  9. Wow! Alot of work but you have a beautiful finished product

  10. Oh Em Geee! These are FABTABULOUS! Now I have to find some for myself lol. Isn't funny the things you never knew you NEEDED? LOL. I'm a new follower :)
    I would be delighted if you would link this up to my VIP party today :) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/guess-what-were-back-online-for-weekly.html

    Sommer @ Designer Garden

  11. That is truly impressive! What a great idea!
    I followed your link from Chic on a Shoestring. Stop by and vist me at cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

  12. This is so neat. I wonder if I could paint on my glass ones??
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Lori, I love the way your blog looks. I haven't been blog hopping for a while. The Salt and Pepper shakers are great!