Weekend Paint Projects: Knife Block

Hey all!  Today we are starting a new series of blog posts called Weekend Paint Projects! 

Every other Friday we will post a detailed how-to of a project that you could easily accomplish over a weekend.  Some of them will be super simple, some more involved but all of them will be real projects we've done using paint to spruce up the place.  The goal is to inspire you to do the same.  We are firm believers in the power of color and what better way to add it to your life than with easy weekend projects. 

But it gets better.  Every time we post a weekend paint project, there will also be the chance to win a quart of paint for your own weekend project.  How do you win?  It's simple.  Comment here or on our facebook page about a weekend paint project you've been dying to complete and a winner will be chosen at random and announced the following Tuesday.  

So let's get started shall we?  Our first ever Weekend Paint Project could not be easier, but the difference is huge.  I give you the painted knife block. 

There she is.  How'd we get there? 

I have always, always hated our knife block.  I love to cook though and I love having nice knives to aid in the process.  For this reason, I have resisted the urge to get rid of the block and just throw the knives in a drawer somewhere like someone I know (you will notice Lisa does not have knives anywhere visible in her kitchen).  After years of trying to hide the knife block it dawned on me.  Paint it!  Duh. 

Step 1: Prep. 

First, sand the entire block.  Really sand it well.  Mine turned the sandpaper (and my hands) black.  Wipe down your sanded knife block to remove any dust. Be sure to wash up carefully afterwards, as I have no idea what the original coating is made of...

Prime.  This is an important step.  We offer organic primer here, so don't worry, you wont be adding toxins in this step!  Just one coat will do it.  It doesn't need to (and won't) look pretty, but do make sure you don't have any runs, drips or heavy brush marks that will show once you put the final coat on. 

Step two: Paint

Pick your color and paint away. 

We chose clothesline from the Cottage palette.  Two coats.  Be careful to brush all in the same direction on each side to prevent messy looking strokes.  At this point you could stop, but I wanted mine to look a little custom so I chose to add some stripes. 

Tape it.  First make sure your block is completely dry.  Then decide what you want your stripe to look like and where you'd like it.  I chose about two inches from the top so I could carry it all the down the sides of the block.  Tape carefully and press down on the edges  of the tape to seal them. 

Then it's back to painting!  I chose to use our color Pond from the Wake palette.  Be sure to brush in the same direction of the tape.  This will help prevent bleeding and ensure you don't have messy looking brush strokes. 

Peel away!  You should wait until your stripe is dry, but I never have patience when it comes to removing tape.  Pull the tape while angling it towards the color you just painted.  This will help prevent any peeling.  Also be sure to keep your hands close to the block rather than pulling from far away.  Go slow.  

And viola!  As you can see I added a few more stripes.  I felt like just the one was too boring.  What do you think? 

Don't forget to tell us about your own weekend paint projects for the chance to win a quart of our organic, non-toxic, completely safe (and beautiful!) paints!