I'm a sucker for fast-and-cheap DIY, so when I saw this segment on The Nate Berkus Show last month, I instantly had a new project on my hands.
Berkus' home-entertaining expert used this ingenious stuff called Plasti Dip to give old, boring silverware a unique, modern update.
Available at Ace Hardware, Home Depot and other hardware and auto stores, Plasti Dip is a DIY synthetic rubber coating that comes in black, red, blue and yellow (although not every store has every color) and costs about $15 for a 22-ounce can.
You can dip metal, wood, plastic, glass, rope and an endless array of items in this super-cool transformative substance.
If the primary colors don't suit your fancy, Plasti Dip now offers a "Create Your Color" version that allows you to do just as the name implies. (This product is only available through acehardware.com or if you ask the store to order it for you at no charge.)
I opted to dip two old serving spoons in red, and after a not-so-attractive turnout on the first one, I was extremely happy with second try; it looked just like the ones on the show!
I have a feeling there will be much Plasti Dipping in my future.
Some words of advice if you plan on updating any of your tired household items with Plasti Dip:
- I'm not sure if Plasti Dip is dishwasher-safe, so I'd only dip items that you plan to hand-wash.
- Do a couple test runs on something disposable (maybe a plastic fork?) before you dip anything important. There is a learning curve for this goopy, strong-smelling stuff, and you don't want to ruin anything you intend to keep.
- If you're a perfectionist, this might not be the stuff for you. I found it difficult to get the coating completely uniform, and my spoon ended up with a few air bubbles. This didn't particularly bother me, but if you want a perfect result, that might be difficult to achieve.