Thursday, May 7, 2015

Knife Block Makeover


I’ve been wanting to paint our knife block for some time.  I finally decided to go ahead and do it.  So quick and easy, and it’s back in business by the end of the day.  Here it is before.  A typical knife block.



I had some Old White chalk paint so decided to use that.  



After I painted it, I thought that it could do with a little something more.  I found I had a black and white harlequin scrapbook paper and decided to add this to the sides and a square on the front.  I Mod Podged this on.


I also wanted to add a little something to the front and decided to use one of the Tim Holtz ornate plates I had in my craft supplies. 


I added in a label that says “Knives”,  just in case we forget what they are.  Actually, I printed up two.  I liked this one in a font called “Matter of Fact”, which kind of looks like it has dripping blood.  I know, very macabre, but hey, my birthday’s Halloween, so I’m allowed.  Besides, I think it is a fitting font for “knives”! 


I did decide to use this font done in “Clipper Script Fat”, which is a pretty script. 


I printed the wording out on ivory card stock.  I hot glued the whole thing, card stock and plate, onto the knife block.


Here are some other ideas I found on Pinterest.

Shabby Chic Knife Block in Light Aqua by by speckleddog on Etsy, $20.00

Source: The Speckled Dog on Etsy

Update your kitchen knife block with some spray paint and a monogram!  Complete tutorial at

Source: House of Hepworths

Source: Austin Stay and Play

DIY Paisley Knife Block

Source: Dawn Nicole

I love how it turned out. It’s like I got a brand new one.




The best thing was that this project cost me $0, because I already had everything I needed on hand!  Simple, quick, easy and free!  What’s better than that?

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vivian said...

Love this! I would have never in a million years thought of doing this. At first I was like... omg.. I couldnt believe how perfectly you painted that! then i was relieved to find out it was scrapebook paper! lol!
have a great weekend my friend and Happy Mothers day

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Great idea and it turned out wonderful, Kathy! I have to think about a makeover for our knife block now ... Thank you for the inspiration!

JP said...

I love the fact that you just decoupaged this intricate design, Kathy and to think that I struggled to make my bar stool by hand painting it. I sure could have save a ton of time by doing it your way! Pinned it!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, this turned out great. Love your harlequin design. Great ideas on the others too and I like the knife plate you added.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Have a nice weekend and Happy Mother's Day.

Cynthia said...

I adore this and the others shown. Happy Mothers day


Anonymous said...

Kathy, this is the cutest idea! I love the Harlequin design! You had me fooled, I thought you painted it! I'm going to do this to the one I have at the beach! Thank you for sharing it; I would have never thought to do this! This one should be in a magazine too!

Marie-Interior Frugalista said...

What a great idea Kathy! I never would have thought to paint my knife block but now that you've planted the idea in my head, it's definitely happening.
Marie@The Interior Frugalista

Createology said...

You have saved my day of painting the downstairs hallway! I LOVE this idea and will be painting my knife holder with chalk paint I already own. I truly adore your sharing this and continue to EnJOY Creative Bliss...

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a great idea, Kathy! It is totally transformed!

Okio B Designs said...

Love it! I had painted our old one and added our initial, but I tossed it over the winter. Now I'm back to a boring block that I should probably makeover.


Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Every time I look at my knife block holder I think how ugly! Now it doesn't have to be, what a great idea and help bring style and color to them. Now it's got sytle!

Mayje said...

Hi! I learned a lot of ideas about making over my own knives block too. Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day!

Pamela said...

Kathy I love this project! It turned out great.

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