DIY Knife Stand Block

One of the secrets to making a small kitchen look big is keeping the counter clean and clear of objects.  Doing this allows the eye to travel the full length of the counter without stopping.

american olean backsplash

I try to do this for the most part but sometimes your best use of storage is on the counter.  For instance with my knife block.  It’s a pretty bulky piece to store in the cabinets.  Plus, it’s incredibly convenient to have right next to the stove while cooking.

While I find myself knee deep in the middle of our kitchen transformation I keep looking for ways to simplify things and tie everything together with the yellow and grey color scheme we are working with.  I also like seeing the same color repeated throughout the room.  This design trick also keeps the eyes moving.  Which is one of the reasons I decided to give our knife block a little makeover.

personalized color knife block

personalized color knife block

I found the inspiration for this project a couple of months ago on Pinterest.



The project has been sitting on a back burner in my mind since then.  I decided to tackle it a few weeks ago while I had the Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon color still out from painting the walls in our kitchen.

First, I removed all the knives and cleaned the knife block with a damp rag. My block had a little metal plate screwed on the front.  I removed it and filled in the holes using Fast ‘n Final.

personalized color knife block

Next, I used a scrap piece of medium coarse sandpaper to scuff up the block a little bit.  This helps the paint adhere better.

personalized color knife block

Using the same paint that we used on our walls I applied two coats. Allowing ample time to dry between each coat.

personalized color knife block

(This is after just one coat of paint.)

Finally, to protect my little block from any abuse it may receive when “Chef Krystle” cooks I added two protective coats of Minwax Waterbased Polycrylic protective finish in Clear Gloss.  I had some leftover from when I painted the dresser in Noah’s room.

personalized color knife block

Not only does it protect the paint but it also gives it a nice glossy look.  Which I like!

personalized color knife block

(Oh, by the way!  Check out that grout job in the background.  Yay for ML!)

kitchenThis was a really easy project and an inexpensive way to update one of the accessories in my kitchen.  Over time I am hoping to add a few more yellow pieces here and there.  You know, to really tie the whole thing together.

In other news… painting of the kitchen cabinets has officially begun.  The whole process is taking a little bit longer than I originally anticipated but I am too excited about the transformation to complain.  I’ll keep you updated as it progresses.

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6 thoughts on “DIY Knife Stand Block

  1. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    I never would have thought to paint a knife block, but it looks cute. I actually just need that one with the “R” That is the same exact font we used for everything at our wedding…how funny. Thanks for sharing Krystal!

    1. Krystle Post author

      That’s so cool that it matches your wedding font. I thought about monograming ours but I don’t trust my unsteady hand and don’t have a way to cut a stencil out.


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