Kitchen Knife Block Makeover

Nothing is safe in my home from a makeover! That includes my kitchen knife block set! One random Sunday, I was looking for something to beautify and I came across my boring looking knife block. It was screaming at me to do something to it and so I did! (My husband thinks I’m crazy!)

If you want to liven up your knife block set, keep reading! All you need is paint, paint brush, sandpaper, a stencil template, stenciling sponge, and a metallic paint of your choice! Here’s the metallic paint I used for the stenciling.


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Start by lightly sanding the knife block. You want to take off any shiny finish so the paint adheres to the wood. Now it’s time to paint! I chose white because the color scheme of my kitchen is white and gray. Paint a couple of coats of your paint color of choice to cover the block. It’s up to you if you want to paint inside the knife slots, but I didn’t want the knives to scrape off the paint as I take them in and out so I didn’t. Once it dries, you are ready to stencil.


Joann fabrics has some cute stencils that work for a small area. I bought mine for a couple dollars from there which isn’t bad!


What stencil you buy will determine where you place it. My stencil fit perfectly on the front and on each side.

Using the stencil template and the sponge, apply the stencil paint (mine is metallic gray from Martha Stewart) to the sponge by lightly dabbing the sponge in the paint and wiping off extra so it doesn’t go under the stencil. Hold the stencil where you want it on the block and dab with the sponge over the area until the area is covered. I didn’t get any pictures of this part, sorry!!

Be creative and use it as your canvas! You can always buy a new knife block if it doesn’t work out. 🙂 I used my stencil upside down to make it a little different! Use a small brush for touch ups if some paint did sneak under the stencil.

And that’s it! You have a new customized knife butcher block and you can change it again at any time! I might just change it to colorful stripes for the summer! If you don’t have a knife block cutlery set, Target has some similar options! I’ve had mine forever!


Here is what my knife butcher block looks like now! I would love to see pictures of your unique knife block makeovers! Ta-ta for now!


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