Does this picture make your heart skip a beat!?
Yeah, me too. Dipped silverware are such a fun and whimsical way to add color to a table setting, or buffet. It is also a great way to make a cohesive set out of mismatched antique silver. I love this idea, especially for serving utensils. 2nd Street Emporium has a great selection of antique flatware that is perfect for this project. And here is a link to a helpful tutorial.
I have had a lot of luck with spray painting metal in the past, and spray paint is definitely the way to go for this project. It will give you a more even finish, and better durability than other paints. I would suggest hand washing, and not allowing your finished product to sit in water for too long, just in case.