My main focus for this upcycle project was to build something useful that adds a beautiful touch to my kitchen. I really enjoy cooking and having an organized kitchen is really important to me. Therefore, I started to look at different upcycle projects and I was inspired by the amazing design shown in the image above. This silverware holder has been designed by Bianca Barreto who worked in several niches of art as scenographer, project designer, teacher, and photographer.
Ideas & Goals
I started to look for stuff that I can use to build my upcycle project, and I found an old cutting board and a bunch of soda cans. The cutting board had some cracks I thought that those will add some sort of antique style to the project. Therefore, I started to sketch my ideas and the structure of my design. As shown in the image below, I initially decided to make only two holders for knives and switches. However, after measuring the available space on the cutting board, I found out that it will be more aesthetically pleasing to have three cans. In addition, my first idea was to make the base of the board flat to have it stand on a table, but the thickness of the board was not big enough to support the structure.
Thus, I listed the following goals for my project:
- Soda cans as holders for knives, forks, and spoons
- Cutting board for the base of the design
- Laser cut a knife, a fork, and a spoon for labeling
- Hang the board on kitchen’s wall
- Modern and antique aesthetic
Reflections & Challenges
- Spray painting soda cans was challenging since the paint did not bind properly on the cans
- Soda cans might not be durable since they get damaged easily, so I think that I should have used steel cans instead
- Sanding down knife cuts on the cutting board was another challenge since I sanded it down with high grit sand paper and polished it with smooth sand paper, however, the cuts did not fully disappear
- I had to make four prototypes for the fork label when laser cutting it due to the small thickness of its teeth