Hey there beautiful friends! I have a quick makeover for ya’ll today.
I’ve had the same knife blocks since I got married…the first time. Here is what they looked like before:
These were originally from Target and I just love the shape of the larger one. My first husband and I actually registered at Target since there were a lot of practical things on our wishlist. That was almost 20 years ago!
Now that our kitchen is starting to look so clean and bright, I knew these guys were going to need a little facelift if they wanted to be a part of the new space.
White-wash to the rescue!
I white washed these the same way I white wash anything else. I started by sanding them down to the bare wood. Then I gave them a couple of coats of Varathane weathered wood accelerator using a clean cloth.
They actually looked like a total hot mess and did not take the stain that well:
Most people might think about abandoning ship at this point, but I’ve been here before and knew paint would save them. Also I think this was with just one coat.
As soon as they were dry, I gave them a coat of regular white latex paint that was watered down just a little. Then I took a clean cloth and immediately wiped the paint back off, moving in the same direction as the grain. I worked on one side at a time.
After I had a look I liked, I sealed them with two coats of polycrylic.
The old ones would have stuck out terribly. Now they fit right in!
You might wonder about the paint and stain oozing down inside the slits were the knives go, but luckily that wasn’t an issue at all. A bit of dust from sanding did make its way in there but I vacuumed them really well. A can of spray duster for electronics would probably work even better.
I was able to get most of our belongings back where they came from after the new carpet was installed, and then I was able to get started on the kitchen backsplash! I’m not sure if I want to share a peek of it or wait until the final reveal to share it. I’ll have to see how much I get done before Thursday!
Here are some of my other kitchen posts so far if you’ve missed any:
UPDATE: I did it! I shared a sneak peek of the backsplash tile HERE!!
Enjoy the rest of your week!!
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