Beautiful DIY Wooden Spoon Rest! Make your own with this simple tutorial! Love this unique piece that fits any style from farmhouse to modern home!
Today is a fun day. I’m sharing a thrift store DIY! I’m joining some friends (who are all linked at the bottom of the post!) to share our DIY upcycles from thrift store finds. If you’re new here, you will quickly find out that I love taking things (anything really!) and transforming them into something amazing and new. That’s why when I hit the thrift stores this month, I was totally bummed to be completely lacking inspiration. I went to FIVE thrift stores and came back empty handed (except for one simple spray paint project that you can see in my home tour next week!). So I took one final trip and found something that I knew would make the perfect DIY Wooden Spoon Rest – just in time for fall!
So this is the bowl I found. I was actually searching for a bowl bowl, and found this instead. It’s a old soap dish, and it’s even more perfect for this project. It’s a little worn out, but still totally functional. Honestly, I probably could’ve just left it like this and used it as a spoon rest because of how shallow it was, but I really wanted the iconic dip at the edge and I was sure that I could add one easily.
Tools and Materials Needed for Your Spoon Rest DIY
Honestly, this DIY couldn’t be easier! And it only requires a couple of supplies…
How to Make a Wooden Spoon Rest
There were a few stuck-on marks, etc, so the first thing I did was give the bowl a good clean. When I was done that, it was time to sand down the edge and make this soap bowl into a spoon rest!
We are lucky enough to have an oscillating sander that we could use for this. If you’ve never used a sander like this one, it basically spins around, while moving up and down. It makes it really easy to sand nice rounded edges and keep everything smooth.
I just placed my bowl at the base of the sander, making sure to only press the bottom edge of the bowl against the sand paper, and carefully sanded the bottom edge.
If you do not have an oscillating sander, you can use an everyday orbital sander instead. you have to carefully run it along the bottom edge that you want shaped.
Clamp your bowl to a table if you can, so that you have better control of the hand-held sander, and better control and the angles and speed.
Use a combination of the orbital sander and sandpaper to give the entire piece a light sand. Smooth out any edges that weren’t sanded smooth already.
After your piece is sanded, you should lightly coat it in mineral oil. This will help protect the wood, and is also food safe (it’s the same thing we use on cutting boards). Just use paper towel of a shop rag to rub the mineral oil around all of the surfaces of the spoon rest.
Our Finished DIY Wooden Spoon Rest
I love this DIY! I always try to do pieces that are seasonal and this DIY is perfect for fall. With all of the seasonal soups and warm meals that are about to get cooked, you couldn’t ask for a better piece of autumn decor for your counter.
- Thrifted Wooden Bowl
- Mineral Oil
- Oscillating Sander (optional)
- Orbital Sander
- Clean wooden bowl thoroughly.
- Use oscillating sander to sand a perfect groove into the edge of your bowl. Deep enough that a spoon could rest comfortably on top.
- If you do not have an oscillating sander, you can use an orbital (palm) sander, being careful to move it constantly so that your finish is smooth.
- Use sandpaper to clean off the edges and smooth them off nicely.
- Wipe down entire spoon rest with mineral oil so that it is safe for handling food, etc. in the kitchen.
This was made using a simple wooden bowl from the thrift store!
Don’t forget to check out the other thrift store DIY projects!
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Love & Renovations – Little Tikes Toy Makeovers
Small Stuff Counts – DIY Pegboard Broom Organizer
Within the Grove – DIY Book Bin