Monogrammed Knife Block

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My kitchen decorating project continues to crawl along. Hopefully by the time spring is here and I can get my cabinets painted, I will have all my decorations ready. At least that’s what I’m hoping. We’ve had warmer weather lately, and it has been awesome because I’ve finally been able to spray paint again. Woohoo!

I’ve been meaning to transform my knife block for weeks, but just haven’t had the time. I finally got around to it. It’s amazing how even simple changes can make such a difference!

It started out like this:
kitchen-decoratingAs you can see, it is old and worn out and has some water damage from sitting a little too close to the sink. I knew it needed a facelift.
The first job was to use spackling to fill in the letters on the front so I would have a smooth surface.
kitchen-decoratingIf I have an area this large that is covered in spackling, I like to prime before I spray paint. I’ve found in the past that if I don’t, the spray paint covers differently over the spackle, and you can see it in the end result. So I brushed on a layer of Kilz primer.
decorating-spray-paintAfter that, it was a couple coats of black spray paint. I let it cure for a full two days. Then I cut a monogram with my CraftRobo, and adhered it to the front.
A quick and easy job, but my monogrammed knife block looks so much better than she did before. And I made sure to give her a new home farther from the sink! 🙂

(And yes, now that she’s pretty, she is a “her”.)


  1. I enjoy what you guys are usually up too. This sort of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve you guys to my personal blogroll.

  2. That really looks good! Much better than the plain wood that they come in. One question- how do you keep the paint out of the holes for the knives? I want the knives to stay clean and not be exposed to the paint.

  3. Hey Kara, if you ever want to finish that Cutco set and fill up that block, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll help you do it :o)
    Joe the Cutco Guy

  4. Um. LOVE this! What a great idea–and I love the black and white! I shared this post on my Friday Favorites over at Calico and Cupcakes. Thank you for sharing the creativity and explaining how you did this!

    • Thanks so much Chiara. I just went and checked out your blog and I love it!! Glad you helped me find you. 🙂

  5. Designs on 47th Street says:

    What a simple but brilliant idea!! I think I even have an old “Cutco” utensil holder myself. Your blog is so nice. I’m glad I ran across it. I just printed off your recipe for orange zuccinni cake. Sounds really good. Wish I had a piece with my morning coffee. 🙂
    Nice to meet you ! Donna

  6. Its amazing what some paint will do, it looks fab!

  7. Melinda says:

    That looks awesome

  8. Wow, that looks great. I got rid of my knife block when I moved and need to find something to hold my knives. Now I know the direction I want to go!

  9. I love it! This would make a great wedding gift!

  10. Karen Weight says:

    I love how it looks! I have a really old set of knives and I would love to redo mine. Thanks for sharing:)

  11. Very cute! Don’t you just love your cutco knives? I love mine. 😀

  12. I love it! It looks great. Want to come do my knife block too?

  13. Brittany Glenn says:

    wow! What a transformation. Looks so much more uniform too. Very cute.

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