Monday, April 30, 2012

. . . DIY Painted Knife Block . . .

I love my kitchen knives!  They are Wusthof Classic Ikon Crème and they are one of my favorite things in my kitchen.  The only drawback to these knives is the standard knife block that came with them.  Not so pretty!  Well, I decided it was time to give that ugly knife block a good coat of paint and dress it up a little. 

My kitchen walls are a plum purple and the accessories are purple and chartreuse.  Well, why not make the knife block match everything?  Yep, that is what I did.  I can promise you from experience that you will get a boatload of compliments on your Knife Block Makeover.  I hosted a party recently and probably could have taken orders from people wanting me to do theirs too.  Such a simple project that is a real head turner.

I used Ivy Leaf Gloss Spray Paint from Krylon, E6000 Glue, a wood medallion from the craft store and a great drawer knob from Hobby Lobby that tied it all in.

I do not use the steak knife slots in my block so it didn't bother me that the medallion covered up two of them.  This block has the Wusthof name on the front and I had to have a quick and easy way to cover it up or fill it in with wood filler.  I chose the decorative way since I don't care about those slots.  Even if the slots are something you use there is still space for 4 of them or you could use a smaller wood accent that still covered the brand name.

Gather your supplies--sanding block, knife block, primer, spray paint, glue, wood medallion and drawer knob
Place the medallion or decorative accent of your choice where you want it on the block
Cover the entire back of the decoration with E6000 Glue and apply the wood piece where you want it.  Let it dry completely before painting 

  Use a good spray paint primer to cover the wood decoration and the knife block
It is worth doing the primer step even though it's tempting to skip over it
Once the primer has dried apply several thin coats of the spray paint of your choice.  As mentioned above I used Krylon Ivy Leaf in Gloss.  I love the shiny look to the finished block but you may prefer the satin finish.

  Once the painted block is completely dry you will be ready to add the drawer knob in the center of your wooden decorative piece
This knob had a screw attached but I used plyers and my brute strength and pulled it out. 
Cover the back of the knob with E6000 Glue and place right in the center of the wooden medallion
Stand the knife block upright so the knob doesn't slide.  Let the glue dry completely before use.

I would recommend sealing it with a clear polyurethane spray in the same finish as your paint (gloss or satin).  

 Love it!
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  1. This is a great project! I love the color you choose. Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Linky Party over at Just Us Four?

  2. That's such an improvement! I'm going to have to try it on my knife block too. Unfortunately my knives will still have ugly black handles but at least it'll be partially pretty.

  3. That turned out beautiful. Love it!!

  4. Love the medallion on the knife block. It makes it look so fancy!

  5. So pretty! Love all the details and the little extras, great job!

  6. OMGosh, what a great idea, I'm already trying to figure out what color I should do mine in. Almost Chalk paint, I'm on a kick. ;) Found you on Uncommon Designs.

  7. This is such a cute idea! Turn something boring in to something that matches the rest of your kitchen. Thanks for sharing over at The Winthrop Chronicles!

  8. I like it! Looks very fun. This was a great idea! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!

  9. How fun is this! Love the color combo, too! Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Take care,


  10. Love the red knife block! I did something similar to mine and I still smile when I see it. So cheery!

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