Want a knife block you can doodle on?
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 had a can of chalkboard spray paint lying around because I opted not to paint the magnetic memo board I made. But that means I haven't ever tried chalkboard paint. And all the cool kids are doing it. So I thought the lonely can of paint + an ugly worn-out knife block = fun kitchen accessory.
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.
This project is a little like Don Draper: cool and super easy. But here are some troubleshooting tips:
- 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.