Knife Block Makeover

I have been bitten by the craft bug. The past month or so I have not done much in the way of crafting but this morning the bug hit. I had already completed the first half of my knife block project a few weeks ago with the help of my hubby ( who taught me how to use a power sander!) and decided this morning was time to finish what I had started. However, my recent crafting experiences have taught me one very important lesson. I have WAY more love for crafting than talent. Actually, I have almost zero talent. I know I am have talents in lots of other areas- science, reading,  cooking…but when it comes to being artistic I am seriously lacking. The problem is- I LOVE to be crafty. And I strongly believe that you should do what you love (even if you are not particularly good at it!) so I am still going to share my crafts with you.
I had been eying all the knife block makeovers on pinterest for quite some time now and knew it was something I had to attempt myself. So a few weekends ago while JD was working in the garage I got to work on my own project- and even though it is far from perfect, I love the finished project. Much cuter than the plain Jane wood block I started with.

I love the personalized feel of the after photo- a nice little addition to my cocina Creighton. There are a ton of tutorials floating around pinterest already but I’ll give you my step-by-step as well.

  • Wipe down the knife block and SAND it very, very well. I cannot stress the importance of this step. If you do not sand it well enough the stain will not stick to the knife block. I used a power sander for the majority of the work and just a piece of sandpaper and arm strength to get in the small spaces.
  • Apply the stain with a foam brush. We had some stain leftover from our kitchen cabinets so I used that so it would match our kitchen. Depending on how dark of a stain you would like, you can wipe off the stain with a rag after letting it sit for a few moments. My stain was very light so I did not wipe it off at all. Repeat until you get the look you are going for ( mine took 2 coats, not wiping either of them off.)
  • Let it dry until the stain is completely dry (I’d say at least 24 hours…but if you’re lazy like me, you can let it sit for weeks!) For the “C” monogram I found a monogram I liked online and printed it off on plain white paper. Then I scratched the back of the monogram with a pencil, flipped it over so the scratched side was on the wood block and went over the monogram with my pencil a few times. This method leaves a faint stencil of the monogram on the wood block that you can then paint over.
  • As a side note, if I had a do-over I think I would have copied what a lot of the other tutorials suggested and used my cricut to cut out a vinyl monogram and just mod-podged that on. I overestimated my painting abilities. If you do decide to use this method, simply use a fine paintbrush and some black paint and paint the monogram. This is where I failed…I now know I am not an expert at painting curved lines. Then let it dry and enjoy! I think it adds a nice touch to any kitchen and would make a perfect Christmas, wedding or housewarming gift. Now I just need to practice my painting skills before I attempt one of these as a gift!