Today the Farmhouse Hens are featuring upcycled thrift store projects and I am so very excited to share this easy DIY painted knife block. Keep reading to see how I updated it with more than just a cute chippy, farmhouse paint job.
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I have always enjoyed cooking for my family but my food prep and cooking time have infinitely increased since I started the Whole30 challenge a few years ago. I have completed 4 rounds of the challenge and now I am pretty much eating clean 90% of the time.
My clean eating habits have not only increased my time in the kitchen but I have also substantially added to my collection of utensils, dishware and cooking supplies.
One day, I noticed that we had a drawer full of kitchen knives that were taking up too much room. Steak knives, paring knives and various sizes of chopping knives. All of them are used on a regular basis so it didn’t make sense to get rid of them.
At the thrift store I stumbled upon a shelf full of empty knife blocks and that’s when I had my light bulb moment. I scored a knife block for less than $2 and filled it with the collection of knives that had taken over my kitchen drawer.
I loved the organization of the knife block and easy accessibility to it on the counter but it was ugly with a huge, brand name logo carved into the front of it.
Rather than breaking out the wood filler and sander, I opted to just cover up the logo with a vintage drawer pull from my husband’s stash of random parts.
My brilliant husband took this makeover one step further and added a piece of scrap wood from a picture frame to create a small ledge on the back of the painted knife block. Now I have the perfect place to hold my phone while displaying my recipe or playing music in the kitchen.
To make this thrift store upcycle even easier, I opted to paint the entire knife block, including the drawer pull, with one coat of off white chalk paint. Waverly is my “go to” inexpensive, chalk paint when I don’t have the necessary supplies to make my own chalk paint.
Because I am in impatient crafter I tend to take the quick and easy route with my projects which is why I love chalk paint. You can be sloppy. It dries fast. Brush strokes showing is an added bonus.
After the chalk paint was thoroughly dry I distressed it with some sand paper and added a coat of clear wax.
I can’t tell you how much I love this DIY painted knife block. It is functional, it keeps things organized and it looks pretty darn cute too.
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