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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  1. AyeJay

    August 1st, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    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! 😀
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  2. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    LOL, you are the same as me with the decision!

  3. Boxcarkatee

    August 1st, 2012 at 2:55 pm

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

  4. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you! I am leaning towards blue!

  5. Susan Baker

    August 1st, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    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.

  6. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

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

  7. Christina Marie

    August 1st, 2012 at 11:06 pm

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

  8. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you Christina! So glad you enjoyed!

  9. ellysan

    August 2nd, 2012 at 5:58 am

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

  10. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Any shape you want!

  11. Tania

    August 3rd, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Very Cool! I like the blue one!

  12. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you Tania!

  13. Tani@Tagana Rose

    August 4th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    These turned out great! I love the blue one!

  14. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you Tani!

  15. Pam Schmidt

    August 5th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    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.

  16. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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

  17. Amiyrah Martin

    August 8th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

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

  18. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you Amiyrah!

  19. Sara

    August 9th, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Way way cute!! Hope you can share this project over at my trendy tuesday party!

  20. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you for the linkyparty Sara!

  21. Britni

    August 9th, 2012 at 7:26 am

    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!

  22. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you for the linky party reminder Britni!

  23. AmieAnn

    August 9th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    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~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  24. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I would love to see what you do Amie!

  25. Jenn @ My Not So Glamorous Life

    August 9th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    LOVE the Shabby Chic Blue!!

  26. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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

  27. Jessica

    August 9th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    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!

  28. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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

  29. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE

    August 11th, 2012 at 3:24 am

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

  30. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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

  31. Shannon

    August 11th, 2012 at 4:05 am

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

  32. Laurel

    August 11th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you Shannon!

  33. Crystelle

    August 11th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

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

  34. Laurel

    August 12th, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Try it!!

  35. Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama

    August 12th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Such a great idea! They look amazing!!

    I featured you on my blog today, come check it out 🙂

  36. Amy CookingAdventures

    August 15th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

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

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