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Utensil Holder Makeover

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DIY Copper Utensil Jar


My kitchen utensil holder was in pretty rough shape.  It had gone through a couple different makeover’s over the years, and it was way past time for an update.   I wanted a clean modern look with a touch of copper.   You’d be surprised that this makeover was completed from start to finish in just a few hours.


Utensil Jar Makeover

My grandmother gave me this utensil holder crock for Christmas in the ’80’s.  It was cream with light blue and yellow accents and had a big goose printed on it.  Remember those?   Over the years, it’s been painted a few times to match whatever decor I had going on in my kitchen at the time.   The last time it was painted an oil rubbed bronze color.   With years of use, you can see the paint starting to chip around the rim.

Utensil Jar Makeover

To get a smoother look when painting, I decided to sand the rim and the sides with a fine grit sand paper first.  It took a few minutes to sand down.  Once cleaned and dried, it was ready for paint.

Utensil Jar Makeover

Using a white semi gloss spray paint from Rust-Oleum, I applied two coats of paint.  Allow the paint to fully dry between coats.

Copper Tooling Foil

Because I wanted to add copper, I gathered some of my embossing supplies.  If you want more information on where I get embossing supplies, please check out my post Metal Embossing The Basics #1: Metal & Tools.

Dry Point Scoring Metal

To cut the metal, I score it on a hard surface or a cutting board that I use only for metal work.  I use the tool pictured above.  This tool cost me about $1.50 and I purchased it at an art store several years ago.  It is perfect for the task.

Scoring Metal Foil

Using a metal ruler, I measured the size piece I needed.  Then following the edge of the metal ruler, I scored the metal to get a nice straight cut.

DIY Copper Utensil Jar

I wrapped the metal around the utensil holder just to make sure that the ends lined up well.

Cup & Ball Metal Embossing

The embossing on the metal was done with a cup and ball metal embossing tool.  I laid the metal on a soft surface to do this simple embossing.  I use a rubber mat, but you can use a magazine, piece of suede or even a small stack of newspaper.  On the back side of the metal (which was silver),  I used the ball tool to make several ball shapes by just swirling the ball tool in a tight circular motion applying a light pressure.

Cup & Ball Metal Embossing

Next, lay the metal face up on a hard surface.  I use an old marble tile, you could use an old tabletop or any other hard work-table type surface.  Using the other end of the cup and ball tool,  cup each one of the raised embossed circles.  This helps to define the circles.

Edging Metal Embossing

To finish off the edges, I used my basic stylist tool on a soft surface, and following the edge of the metal ruler, I lightly scored a straight line.

Edging Metal Embossing

Here is a picture of the edge work on the front of the metal.  The embossing on this piece is very simple and took about 5 minutes to complete.

To attach the metal to the utensil holder, I applied E6000 glue just at the back where the sides overlap.  I glued one end of the metal to the crock, then overlapped the metal from the end and glued that down on top of the other metal end.  I used painters tape to hold everything in place while the glue dried.  I allowed it to dry for 48 hours.


DIY Utensil Holder Makeover


The pictures don’t do this piece justice at all.  It looks like there are lines, the metal is smooth other than the embossed design.  The lines are just the reflection of the light.  The metal is bright and shiny.   Sadly, this amateur photographer can’t seem to get a great picture.  I’ll try again in better light and if successful, I’ll update the post with a few better pictures.

DIY Utensil Holder Makeover

DIY Metal Embossing Utensil Holder

DIY Utensil Holder Makeover


For now, you’ll have to take my word for it.  It really is beautiful!

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DIY Utensil Holder Makeover

If you want to learn more about metal embossing, check out our 4 part Metal Embossing for Beginners series to help you get started.

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18 Comment

  1. Reply
    March 28, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Laurie, this looks great! I love the copper accent. I remember those kitchen accessories with a goose on them! How fun to give this piece updated looks when you change decor. I’m in love with copper accent pieces lately and have been adding it to my kitchen over the last few months. It can be expensive. I’ve used some copper spray paint on a few old pieces, but I love the metal wrap that you’ve used here. Pinning & Sharing.

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    Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
    March 28, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Thanks so much Beverly. I really love it and as intimidating as it may look, it is really an easy project to do. Now I’m eyeing my knife block . . .

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    March 28, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Such a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      March 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Jess!

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    Sisli Klima Servisi
    March 29, 2017 at 11:15 am

    It looks great

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      March 29, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Thank you so much!

  5. Reply
    March 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    This is a great look! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      March 30, 2017 at 12:05 am

      Thank you Lydia!

  6. Reply
    Julie Christiansen
    March 31, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I love a little bit of copper in the kitchen! This turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing at My Busy Beehives #beeparty this week! Please come again!

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      March 31, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Thanks so much Julie! And thank you for hosting!

  7. Reply
    Grammy Dee
    March 31, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Very nice! Thank you Laurie for sharing this post at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared it on social media.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      March 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks so much Dee. I enjoyed stopping by for your party and I added it to my Link Party list!

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    Christina @ The Cheerful Space
    April 3, 2017 at 10:46 am

    What a great little makeover! I’ve been really wanting to add more copper into my kitchen! 🙂

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you Christina! Hope you have a chance to try this sometime.

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    April 5, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Oh wow, I love the makeover. The cooper makes it pop. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best linkup.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks so much Rhonda!

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    Helen at Pleasures of the NW
    April 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party! You are featured at tomorrows party!

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 8, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks so much Helen! I appreciate the feature!

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