Want a knife block you can doodle on? Here's how you can easily re-paint your knife block, using chalkboard paint.
Our knife block, a cheap-o Winner's purchase from four years ago, was looking a bit worse for wear. Due to my excessive cleaning, I had managed to scrub most of the varnish off and I wasn't a fan of the light wood.
|Before - Sans Varnish|
I lightly sanded the surface of the knife block and spray painted it in a well ventilated area. One coat resulted in this:
Once the paint was dry, as per the manufacturer's instructions, I rubbed the whole thing in chalk using the side of a piece of chalk.
Then I wiped the chalk off using a damp cloth. Apparently this "conditions" the chalkboard surface. Can you imagine doing this for an entire chalkboard wall?!?
Now I can doodle:
To save you some scrolling . . . the "before" again.
I love the look! Even as a plain black knife block I think it looks better: crisper, more modern and it fits with the other black accessories in the kitchen. Yay for the inexpensive and successful (key word) DIY project.
Here are some troubleshooting tips for using chalkboard spray paint:
- Use a very fine sandpaper because any scrapes or scratches in the wood will be made more visible by the paint.
- Don't paint rubber feet - the paint would NOT dry on the rubber feet so I had to spend a few minutes scrubbing them clean with paint remover.
- Be a bit more generous with the "conditioning" process. The amount of chalk I used was insufficient and sometimes what I draw won't erase easily.