DSC 0277

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to paint my knife block before now. I wanted to add a few more red accents in my kitchen and thought I would attack my knife block with some red spray paint.   Doesn’t the updated block look so much nicer {and cleaner}?

Painted Knife Block

I have had this oak beauty since the day we were married (almost 13 years ago).   I swear I have cleaned it in my married life it just doesn’t look like it. {Guh-ross!}


After washing it with soap and water really good I sanded it down to make sure all the grease was off of it.   I spray primed it with gray primer and then painted it with Rustoleum’s Heritage Red spray paint.   I needed something a little less bright than my beloved Krylon Cherry Red so I opted for the Heritage Red.

Painted Knife Block

Then I cut out some white vinyl with my Silhouette machine.   I used the Pharmacy font from dafont.com.

Painted Knife Block

Here is some more painted knife blocks for your view pleasure…

Monogrammed by Allison

Monogrammed by Kara

Heirloom White by Staci

Blue by Whitney

Vintage Label Knife

Silver Painted by Gail

Black Dot by Homemaking and Decoratin

I am in the process of looking for new knives.   Anyone have any beloved knife advice?

Similar Posts


  1. I love this, and it would look great on the counter with my red Kitchen-Aid and red Fiestaware salt and pepper shakers. Makes me want to go out and buy a knife block just so I can make one.

  2. Buy one that feels good in your hand. It doesn’t have to be expensive. NEVER put them in the dishwasher. Honestly my favorite knife is a Faberware one that came from WalMart…

    And I’ve never had a knife block… but now I kind of want one 🙂

  3. LOVE it! I’ve been wanting to paint my knife block orange, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. This may be the push in the fanny I needed to get moving!

  4. Yep I saw your tweet. I haven’t talked to the hubs about it yet but I would love to come. I read all about it on your blog and it sounds like a blast.

  5. What a cute update!

    I would LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} Linky Party! We’re also hosting a giveaway, so don’t forget to sign up! 🙂

    I’m also your newest follower. We would LOVE a follow back if you love our blog too!

    Briana @ Sweet Peas & Bumblebees

  6. I LOVE Wusthof knives. I was searching for a quality chef knife and I read what Ina Garten uses on her website. She swears by them so my husband bought me one for Christmas. I absolutely love it.

    Good looking knife block! 🙂

  7. Hysterical. I was just thinking of doing this yesterday. I hate my knife block…it’s dh’s prized possession in the kitchen. I move it once a day to different locations on the counter. I’m going to Goodwill tomorrow to see if I can find one and change his mind. 🙂

  8. Beckie, I LOVE it. Your’s is so pretty. I love the red. I love the word “knives” instead of a Monogram. I am seriously considering redoing mine now in a fun color with “knives” instead of an H.

    Also, thanks so much for linking back to me. I appreciate it.



  9. As soon as I saw this, it went on my to-do list. School is out (for me) tomorrow and I’m going to have some free time to work on special projects. Just wish I had a Silhouette machine to cut out the letters.

  10. Thanks so much for linking to my monogrammed knife block. 🙂 Love how yours turned out!
    Since you are looking for knives, I’ll give you my recommendation. I bought Cutco knives several years ago and I LOVE them! They are spendy at first, but they have a forever guarantee. They are def. the best knives I’ve ever used. Hope that helps.

  11. that is a great idea! I think your ‘old version’ looks just like mine now. I should try this!

  12. Love your knife block redo. I think that would look great on mine but my mom might have a heart attack because she bought me my pricey beloved Cutco’s in the first place (worth every penny, though!) You can get them one at a time on ebay and they have a lifetime warrantee. When I send mine in to get sharpened (one or twice a year) they usually replace one or two free of charge. Can’t say enough great things about them! If you do try ebay, check out the large (I think it’s 10 inch) French Chef. LOVE it.

  13. Wow, what an easy improvement!

    Knives…I love MAC Knives. Spotted one on a cooking show once, ordered it, and it’s been love ever since. They’re mid-range expensive knives, but worth every penny.

  14. wow, what a great idea! I love red, wonder if it would look as nice in another color? still have to redo my kitchen, but I’m fairly certain red will be in the color scheme somehow, since it’s my absolute favorite color!

  15. I sold cutco for a couple years and got a nice set of them while I was selling! 🙂 I have never used knives at anyone elses home that compare. They are the best! And have a life time warranty on sharpening and replacing if broken. I have never sent them in to get sharpened (it’s been 9 years) and they still work great! 🙂 I have sent a couple in to get replaced, and they did it very quickly! 🙂

  16. I have heard nothing but rave review about Cutco. I think I will look on ebay and craigslist to see if I can get some.

  17. OK- SO I had to run right over to my ugly knife block and immediately peel out the knives AS I am walking to find my sandpaper stash. I have only been married four years and I “inherited” this thing from my husbands old “stuff”, so dont cringe when I say, I dont think I have cleaned it before. It LOOKED clean enough. Not the case. There was a lot of old build up on it so after alternating with an SOS pad and sandpaper, I had the dirt and the gloss off in about ten minutes. What it revealed was astounding…beautifully grained wood at the ready for some personalization. Well…as any good spray painter knows, it looks best when put on in thin layers, so after my first even layer I go out to inspect and re-apply and what do I see?…that pretty wood grain through my cherry red…(think of those expensive wood kitchen accessories with the striped multi color stain…yeah kinda like that) and I decided to leave it like that (well, until I get my Silhouette)…SO pretty. I like it so much I am now thinking about doing the same to my plain jane coffee station riser thingy. Thanks Beckie, I swear it just would not have crossed my mind!

  18. I was planning on doing this too, just haven’t gotten to it yet. Two more projects and my kitchen will finally be done! I your love your red, it looks great!

  19. I love that you put “knives” on it……..I put our initial on ours, maybe I’ll change it! Great fun project Beckie

  20. haha! I just noticed you added my knife block post to your list! .. no wonder I was getting so many views on it lately! hehe.. thanks 😉

  21. The minute I read this I thought “RED”! And guess what I’m doing right after dinner!?!

  22. Pingback: Paint your knife set… | For The Love of Painting

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *