Monday, June 6, 2011

My name is Tracy, but you can call me Martha: Painted Knife Block

If you've seen any photos of our home, you'll know that my husband and I are not afraid of a little color on the walls, which is ironic because I grew up in a beige house. Literally, every room had beige walls... some "haystack", some "desert tan", some "antique beige", you get the drift. That was, of course, until I became old enough to pick my own bedroom paint color and thus started a string of purple bedrooms, darker and darker each time.

Our kitchen is a wonderfully fun, bright blue color. It's bold and primary and it makes me happy. I've slowly started accenting the room with other bold color accessories: green, yellow... and bright red! It's like being in a kindergarten classroom again!

When I saw Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative's post showing her red painting knife block I knew I had to do it!

Here is my old, boring knife block:


I did actually use primer on this project, two coats to be exact.


Then I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor in Cherry Red with a gloss finish. To try to protect it, I also used a matte finishing/protecting spray. I didn't think gloss would work well in the kitchen since it tends to show fingerprints.



Our kitchen was an awful 1970's yellow nightmare when my husband bought the house so it's been a long journey to get to the cramped but aesthetically pleasing space we have today.

What do you think about our bold color choices?

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19 comments:

  1. I love this,, wow,, never thought of this,, I too love color,, it really pops,,

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  2. I think it's fabulous...I'm loving the burst of color! Well done!

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  3. SO pretty with the paint color!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my linky :)
    http://jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com/2011/06/gift-bag-redo-diy.html

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  4. I love color Tracy, so I think it is great. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

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  5. That is great! I never would have thought to paint a knife block.

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  6. Bold = Fun :) Hi! I found your site through the Tuesday Time-Out Hop. Please come follow me back at:

    http://healthykidshappykids.blogspot.com

    Thanks and have a great Tuesday!

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  7. Hello! Why didn't we all think of this before? I guess we were stuck! Thanks for shaking things up.

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  8. I love all the fun colors! I have been wanting to paint my knife block forever:) I think I may work on that today...thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Great easy and fun project! Looks great, thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  10. Very fun! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  11. I love how it looks with all your other things. I love this. I have a plain one too and all I have done is wood burned B in it for our last name but I love the idea of painting it. Very nice!!!
    ladeedacreations.com

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  12. Love the COLOR! So fresh and fun!

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  13. Great idea! I would never have thought of painting my knife block. I am feeling stuck with all of my off white walls that my husband likes and I don't. I am ready for some color like you. Thanks for linking up! Would you please provide a link back to my blog?

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  14. I've been meaning to paint my own knife block - it looks as dull as yours did. Now maybe I'll get around to it! ::Jill

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  15. That just makes me smile! I'm thinking I need a knife block--and I need to paint it. :-)

    I'm a new follower from Home is Where My Story Begins.

    Have a joy-filled day!
    Pamela

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  16. I love the choice of the red - it really stands out with the black knifes! You have me thinking that I need to do my knife block! Thanks for sharing at Fantastic Friday!

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  17. I love painted knife blocks! Yours is so cute! I love the red. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Very nice! I need to paint mine now! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party!

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  19. I have the exact same knife block. It looks so much better in red. I'm a new follower. Hope to see you at http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/.
    P.S. I have a link party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your project.

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