I haven’t had much time lately to tackle the big DIY projects at my house. I have furniture, pallets, burlap, paint and all kinds of other goodies in our garage just waiting to become some wonderful DIY creation. I keep reminding my hubby that I DO have a plan for that pallet and those scraps of wood – and that huge old junky looking window I convinced him I needed.
I’ve finally accepted the fact that I just don’t have time for those big projects right now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still keeping all those amazing supplies. I just have to be more realistic with my DIY projects at the moment. So this week, instead of stressing about finishing of my big furniture projects, I decided to check some smaller, more realistic projects off the list.
After initially seeing this idea on Pinterest and a host of other blogs, I decided to redo my knife block. It’s one of those boring wood knife blocks that wasn’t really much to look at. I wanted that functional block to become a fun pop of color my kitchen desperately needed.
The first thing I did was sand down the block with my electric sander. Since the piece is small, you could do this by hand, but if you’re planning to be a regular DIY-er, I’d highly suggest buying an electric sander.
Next I primed the block. Normally, I’d suggest just buying spray primer. I decided not to use the spray because I had a HUGE bucket of primer sitting in my basement and thought it would be a waste to buy more.
After letting the primer dry, I grabbed my green spray paint and went wild. (You know I’m quite the party animal if that’s my version of going wild!)
Once the green paint dried, I made my knife block look a bit more distressed. I grabbed some sandpaper and sanded down the corners and wherever else I thought might look good. I sanded by hand this time since I was only distressing a small piece.
Lastly, I sprayed a coat of protective finish to keep my redone knife block extra protected from whatever kitchen mishaps may fly its way (I’m a mess when I cook).
One small DIY project checked off the list! What do you think?