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We’ve discussed the one thing every lamp needs and how to transform a builder-grade door for under $10 and an easy way to makeover furniture.

And today?

We are talking hardware.

Here is a unique hardware idea that looks like a party just waiting to happen.

I have a white kitchen and I love it.

But truth?  White kitchens can be a little boring sometimes.

To keep them interesting is a full-time job.

That’s where unique hardware ideas come in.

I found an entire box of vintage silverplate at a yard sale that cost about the price of movies with the big bag of popcorn.

What’s a yardsaler to do with all that silverware?

Make DIY handles for her kitchen cabinets.

I know it sounds hard.

It’s not.

Especially when you are shortcutting it.



You can create the handles from matching spoons or mix and match silver patterns for fun.

Silver plate is very easy to work with and bends smoothly and is strong enough to hold up to normal wear and tear.

Flat Spoon


Start with flattening the head of the spoon.

Using a rubber mallet (so you won’t damage the silver)  flatten the head of the spoon.

The spoon will still have a few ridges and wavy parts even though it is almost flat.  Do not worry about them.  Do not over think them.

Those ridges are my favorite.

They’re called character.

Spoon Handle

After you have the spoon flattened, bend the handle.

This was the easiest step that I thought was going to be the hardest step.

I just bent the handle with my hands.

I used the natural bend in the spoon and applied pressure until it resembled the shape of a handle.

If you want your handles smaller or larger….just adjust the pressure.

You can stop right here and attach the spoon to the cabinet and go stampless.


You can stamp the spoon with an organizational message.

Read all about silver spoon stamping here if you’re taking it to the next level.

For the last step, tape the spoon to a block of wood and drill holes in the top and bottom of the spoon.

Screw the spoon into the cabinet.

Don’t they look amazing?

The cabinet doors are stocking up on self-help books right about now. 🙂

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  1. Image for Denise Cox Denise Cox

    Karianne,I love this idea! Now you need to help us think of other ways to apply this project for those who live where they can't drill holes in their cabinets,, ☺️

  2. Image for Kimberly Kimberly

    Maybe this is something I should know and maybe I should be embarrassed to ask....BUT. How do I know if the yardsale stuff is silver plate and not something that doesn't like to bend, flatten or be stamped?

  3. Image for Debi Debi

    Love this idea. I also love herb and flower markers with the name stamped. But.....can you help us with info on best stamper set to order??

  4. Image for pamela pamela

    I so love this idea!! I love old silver and hand stamped silverware.... I also have the same question as Debi on the purchasing the stamper set.

  5. Image for Emily Emily

    This is such a clever idea for hardware! I like how you stamped them, too - such a fun way to personalize them! Thank you for linking up with Merry Monday last week!

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