clever kitchen tips | Rhodes Quality

Create a stir

When you feel the need to simmer down, a little colour therapy can help you unwind.

The kitchen is not just a place for sweating over a hot stove. It’s the heartbeat of the home, a centre for warm conversation and where we go to get fed­ – in more ways than one.

Feed your need for inspiration and creativity with this nifty craft activity that’ll transform blah wooden cooking utensils into works of art.

You will need

  • A variety of wooden spoons or utensils
  • Sandpaper
  • Non-toxic craft paints (in all the colours of the rainbow)
  • Paintbrush
  • Shellac (ask for the food and people safe variety)


1- Sand down the handles of your utensils to remove any splinters or shiny varnish.

2 – Paint the handles in pastel or primary colours. Paint only the top half of the handles and use a piece of tape to demarcate where the colour strip should end.

3 – Place your wooden beauties, handle-side up, in the utensil section of your drying rack.

4 – Once the paint is dry, coat your painted handles in shellac for a lasting finish.

Take care

Wooden implements are a wonder in the kitchen. They’re perfect for non-stick or Teflon coated pans and for folding in ingredients, plus they know how to keep their cool. Take care not to damage your painted surface by always hand-washing your wooden utensils.

Cutting-edge craft

This cute and cost-effective DIY hack transforms kitchen cutting boards into clever, colour-coded kit.

Chopping boards can be a breeding ground for bugs. Keep them safe and hygienic by demarcating different ones for use with specific foods, such as veggies, cheese or meat. You can label the boards with a branding tool and/or paint the edges in bold individual colours.

You will need

  • Bamboo/wood cutting boards
  • Masking tape
  • Colourful craft paints with a satin finish
  • Paintbrush

Step-by-step :

1 – To paint the edges of your boards: tape off the front back and sides with masking tape for a neater finish.

2 – Paint on some colour around the edges!

3 – Remove the tape when dry and allow a few days for the paint to settle before using your boards again.

Safety first

Branding tools burn baby! Respect and caution are key to avoiding mishaps. Practice attaching and rotating your stamps while your tools are still cold and be sure to rehearse your lettering technique on an old piece of plywood before starting on the boards.


  • Very clever ideas. Going to do it to ALL the chopping boards.

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