Thursday, May 14, 2009

Half Note Cottage: Super-sized Silverware

I'm happy to announce that Jessica is feeling like herself once again, and has completed painting the hallway, bathroom and Master Bedroom!

I picked up this oversized, wooden fork at a flea market last month for her to use on the wall in the Kitchen:






It was only $2.95! It was previously a lot lighter, so I lightly sanded it and rubbed on some stain to darken it a bit.

You can imagine how happy I was about my flea market find when I saw this "fork art" online for $175.20...








I always loved the way the giant silverware looked in Craig and Theresa Smith's shabby chic Kitchen...




On second thought, I've always loved Craig and Theresa Smith's Kitchen period!!!


Here's an oversized fork and spoon set, listed on Ebay. The winning bidder paid $167.50!





My friend Chris recently blogged about this subject as well after she scored these babies for just $3.98!




Rumor has it, sometimes her husband actually gets sucked into home accessory-inspired trances in which he visualizes exactly where Chris needs to hang things around their home. Amazingly, Chris actually captured this rare and exciting event with her digital camera this particular time:



You can read more about Chris (and her helpful hubby) here! :-)


Have a great weekend everyone!

Layla

45 comments:

sarita said...

my mom had the giant fork and spoon on our dining room wall - it was the light color - and i think i like the darker color...thanks for bringing a good memory to my mind!

letter {A} studio said...

Ooh, I love oversized silverware. Where do you live that you can go to flea markets & find such great deals? There's nothing like that where I live - in AZ (at least not that I know of).

Traci said...

Hey Layla,
I was just at Hobby Lobby today, and they had some oversized forks and spoons that I thought about putting in my guest house. They weren't quite as big as the ones in your picture, but definitely big! I didn't check the price, but I will let you know if I go back there. I believe they were half off. And they were black, which would match my open cabinets that my husband made. I was so excited to see your post about this...I may have to go back to Hobby Lobby and get them!
Love your blog!
Traci

mikewozowski said...

my daughter LOVES giant silverware!!! LOVES!!!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

what a funny post! Love the oversized flatware on the wall.

Jackie said...

I've always loved the oversize silverware too! Beautiful pictures - very fun post!!

TheOldPostRoad said...

You two are obviously having a ball! Keep it up!

aura said...

I have a set myself that I adore. I got them 6 years ago at a thrift store! Ever since they're one of my favorite finds. Here's a picture of them in my dining room - http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3278/2730046585_34a5dfc1ef.jpg

Farmhouse Chic said...

You ladies scored!!! What finds!

Can you find one for me???

Hehe.

Christie

pve design said...

Oh what a fun fork! I would also love it spraypainted silver or a spoon hung in a nursery, in silver....
Glad 1/2 note is feeling better.
pve

The White Farmhouse said...

It's nice to see someone else has a thing for silverware on their wall. Pier 1 also has giant sized framed photos of silverware that are very cool.

Denise said...

Hope Jessica is feeling better! Can't wait to see updated pictures of Half Note Cottage.

Kelly said...

This giant fork and spoon reminds me of a funny episode on "Everybody Loves Raymond".

Tricia said...

The Smith's kitchen is absolutely amazing!!

Kimberly said...

Great find! There is an "Everybody Loves Raymond" episode where Raymond's mom and dad are fighting, and somehow (I don't remember the details) they take the giant fork and spoon of the wall and the wall is stained with their image. Funny! I love that doublewide!!! :),Kim

Carmen said...

I think it's funny that this oversized silverware is coming back in style. I remember it being in LOTS of kitchens in the 70s. :)

I *do* love the look!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Layla,
I had a giant fork & spoon in my kitchen many moons ago. I still have them packed away somewhere. Several months ago, I was actually thinking about digging them out again. I just always liked the look of them and could never part with them. I had no idea they were back again. I was also contemplating painting them white and distressing them but perhaps they should remain as they are. They are the brown wood colour. What would you do with them if you were me? Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Hi Layla,
I need an oversized spoon to eat my nightly ice cream. Now I know where to get one!!

Jessica - {LivingBetterTogether} said...

Love this! I've seen some large dark stained spoons at my local Home Goods ..they were only $7!

Tara said...

Now that was a great find Layla! I love the look..and the price! Have a lovely weekend~

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Great ideas on your blog!

Kasey said...

hilarious photo!

patinamarie said...

I SO wish we were neighbors... We would have so much fun treasure hunting and playing. Jessica is one lucky girl!!!

Just a couple of weeks ago at the S.A. I spotted a shapely cast aluminum set of fork & spoon. They were about 18" long with really nice patina. They were $2.95 each. It was almost closing time on a Saturday and I was hurrying so they could close up and go home. I got sidetracked and left without getting them. Went back first thing on Monday and they were GONE!!!! Not the first time this has happened!

Gotta slow down and if it feels impulsively "right", grab it and don't let go!!!!

Keep up the inspiration.....

Later gator!

Meredith said...

This is killing me because my grandma had a huge set that was black hanging in her dining room - from the 60's I think!!! I am sure they are long gone....sigh...

Todd said...

Hey, can you tell what's in the window corners in that kitchen? The viney/leafy things. I LOVE that. Just wondering if you had an idea....
P.S. good score on the fork.
- Shelly K

The Knight Family said...

I love oversized silverware - very cute!
Carol

Chris said...

As I was reading it, I thought, "There's no way she's going to post that picture of Doug!" I cracked. up. when I saw it! I love your find! Hope Jessica does, too!

Montee said...

I remember back in the day when these were really popular to hang on your wall. Everything old is new again. You got a great deal!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

OMGoodness! You did sooooo good! ;)

My name is PJ. said...

I enjoy reading about the things you score vs retail prices for similar items.....you never disappoint!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Growing up, an elderly couple down the street gave my sister's and I one of those giant forks and spoons. We used to play with them and thought they were so cool. Who would have known they would be so "in" again. Can't believe people are paying so much for them though!!

Kristen said...

I love it - Doug the decorator/cage fighter!

Lisa said...

Oh, how funny! We inherited my husband's grandmother's giant fork and spoon, and everyone thought they were so kitschy and wondered why we wanted to teleport back to the 70's. We always thought they were just plain cool, so we've had them on the wall in our kitchen ever since the day we got them. Love them!!!

CJ'SMOMMY*KIMBERLY said...

My MIL has those giant fork and spoon hanging in her kitchen.They are in mint shape.My SIL is close to 40 and they had a baby picture of her and my MIL holding her and behind them on the wall the silverware set in the same place.She has alot of things like that.Never moved,in mint condition.I told her she is probably sitting on a gold mine.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I can't believe they would sell for that much! I have at least one (maybe two) sets awaiting tranformations in the garage!

Amy

Hudson Goods said...

that last picture is just too funny, really great!

Marfa (formula for a life) said...

Hi, first let me introduce myself. My name is Marfa and I found your blog via another blog (can't remember which one right now) although its one of my favorites as well...lol Anyway, I wanted to tell you that you love any kind of kitchen decor that has to do with utensils. My friend's kitchen cabinet doorknobs were tiny utensils and I loved them. I also remember when I was a kid back in the early 80s my aunt had a huge spoon and fork on her Family Room wall. She had two dining sets, so one of them was in the Family Room and that's where the family always gathered for parties and such. For some reason though, I seem to remember her set being made of wicker instead of wood, but I could be wrong. Anyway, I love your blog and I have your set up as a favorite. I also receive your posts as Feed in my email everyday. So even if I don't comment often, I read you all the time. So it was about time that I actually introduced myself to you.

Jenn said...

My parents have had this fork and spoon since I was little. I love them!!!

Rona's Home Page said...

I grew up with the big spoon and fork. My dad brought them home from Thailand.

Dana and Daisy said...

oh how funny! I love that kitchen too, and maybe I'll go for white distressed cabinets in my kitchen one day! thanks for always inspiring!

henzy said...

whoa.. love the giant utensils. great find.

Donna said...

Hi Layla........today I went to the flea market and as soon as I saw the giant fork and spoon sitting there - I thought of you and I bought them...........for $1 each!!! I am probably going to spray paint them black and hang them in my kitchen. If you have a chance look at my blog tomorrow and if you would like to leave your opinion on what I should do with them - I would love to hear....I found lots of goodies and will post them tomorrow.

Kelleigh said...

Layla, check out my last two blog posts to see what I scored this weekend. They are the Friday Haul 6/26 and the I Totally Lied. posts. Oversized silverware!!

Kimba said...

Hey girl! I did my own ginormous fork and spoon post today...with a link to you, of course.

Kimba

nliving said...

I've been a long time reader of your blog. I remember seeing this post about the giant forks and spoons back when you posted it. Ever since then, I've sort of kept an eye out for them at garage sales. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found a set at a garage sale today for $2.50! When I returned home with them, I looked up this post, again, and was delightfully surprised to see that the set that I bought is the exact set in Craig and Theresa Smith's kitchen!

Thank you so much for the creative and inspirational ideas you share daily with your readers. I can never tell you how much you have inspired me when it comes to decorating my house. You have helped me gain a better attitude about my house and helped me turn it into a warmer, inviting home for my family. Thank you!!

Nicki