DIY Color Block Your Knife Block!

My knife block has always bugged me-  sticking out like a boring brown sore thumb in my kitchen.  So, I decided to test out some colors to go along with my counter decor.


Color Blocking your Knife Block Supplies:
Spray Paint Primer (not required)
Paint tape
Spray Paint color of your choice

Knife Block A Procedure:

Step 1- Prime
Apply a layer of primer - I actually used a white paint primer combination* I got at the mismatch bin* at Lowe's (for $5!)
* Tidbit for budget DIYers- check the mismatch paint bin at every trip to the store- you never know when you will get lucky!
* Prime/Paint mixes usually do not have as strong as a grip for priming but for small projects I do not mind!

Step 2-  Tape
For the white knife block, I wanted a striped look.  I grabbed the tape and created my design.

You can also add pieces of tape into the individual knife slots, in Block A mine was mostly covered, so I just used caution around the slots. (Block B, I did add tape to the slits)
*Please note, spray paint is not food safe, so use caution!




Step 3- Spray paint  Lightly coat when spray painting, allowing each layer to dry and repeat a layer until you get your desired color.  (For more spray paint tips, check out my blog post on 5 Simple Tips To Make Spray Painting Easy)

Rip off tape and reveal your masterpiece!


Knife Block B Procedure

I wanted to keep the natural wood and add a modern look.  I did no priming on this block and just had fun taping it up.  As stated before, I did add tape to the knife slots as they were exposed.  I forgot to take a picture of the taped knife black B (ahh!)




I bought the knife blocks for $.90 at the thrift store to test out the look and am having trouble choosing my favorite for my kitchen!   I know I want blue, but not sure which look!



Which one is your favorite- shabby chic blue striped or pink modern natural wood?

Let me know in the comments!

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38 comments :

  1. I love this idea! They look awesome!! Can't decide which one I like better. I like the blue, but I also like the little bits of wood you can still see on the pink one. Argh! I don't know! They are both super cool! :D
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    1. LOL, you are the same as me with the decision!

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  2. Very cute idea to add color to a kitchen! I have to say I love the clean snappy look of the blue & white best. ;)

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    1. Thank you! I am leaning towards blue!

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  3. i love this idea, particularly since my knife block is sooooo super visible. i may have to find a bargain thrift store block to play with. i vote for the natural wood with the blue color.

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    1. Yes, it is such a simple fix and brightens up the kitchen!

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  4. Thanks for sharing + the extra tips. You did a great job on both, but I like the white + blue the best!

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    1. Thank you Christina! So glad you enjoyed!

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  5. I like the blue best. I wonder if you could experiment with different shapes? Not just stripes?

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  6. Very Cool! I like the blue one!

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  7. These turned out great! I love the blue one!

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  8. What a cute way to treat the woodblock! I admire this kind of clever crafting of something that is in everyone's kitchen.Thanks for the great ideas.

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    1. Thank you Pam! Sometimes the simple ideas are the best!

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  9. This is super cute Laurel! I do love the white and blue better. I think it screams "super cute kitchen" :)

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  10. Way way cute!! Hope you can share this project over at my trendy tuesday party! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com

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    1. Thank you for the linkyparty Sara!

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  11. I definitely like the pink one! Although they are both so cute! I have a really ugly knife block that I'm going to have to makeover now! ;) If you'd like to visit my party again, I'd love to have you share this! http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-5/

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    1. Thank you for the linky party reminder Britni!

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  12. These are awesome! I just love how simple they are.. and of course I have the very same block.. think I may be doing some redecorating soon! Following you on Facebook~
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    1. I would love to see what you do Amie!

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    1. Thank you Jenn- that does seem to be the winner!

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  14. Absolutely love! I've already painted one of my knife blocks, but just left it plain white. Planning to paint my other one soon. Now I have an idea of something simple to do to add an extra special creative touch. Thank you so much for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Jessica! Would love to see what you do!

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  15. This is such a fun idea... Thank you so much for sharing it over at my party!

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    1. Thank you for visiting Desiree and thank you so much for your awesome party!

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  16. Soooo pretty! They're both awesome, but I LOVE the beach-coastal stripes. Heavenly!

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  17. I've been wondering what to do with my knife block..... It's starting to look pretty shabby....

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  18. Such a great idea! They look amazing!!

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  19. Great idea! I so want to spiff up my knife block!

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  20. As soon as I saw this, it went on my to-do list. School is out (for me) tomorrow and I’m going to have some free time to work on special projects.

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  21. A nice way to transform tired, unappealing household items with a coat of paint. Thanks for the post.

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