Making the Old Look New {Frugal Craft Idea}

Since this blog has taken over my life and become my passion/hobby, I no longer craft.  Thankfully, I know some pretty awesome people who DO!  I’m excited to have Marji, guest blog for me today and share a great idea she saw and then put into action… take it away Marji!

Hi! I’m Marji, wife, mom to 4 (crazy) kids and lover of crafts. I am always looking for fun (inexpensive) crafts to make and give as gifts or brighten up my home. I saw this idea on Pinterest and have been dying to try it so I thought it would be fun to share how I did it.

Knife Blocks {From Ugly to Cuteness} Pin this!

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I took my ugly old knife blocks and spray painted them (my dad likes to buy me knives so that is why have 2 blocks). First clean them to get the dust and grime off and then I sanded them a little bit. I took them to my spray paint station (an upside down box in my garage).

I applied about 4 coats, letting it dry between each coat.
Don’t leave your 2 year old in the garage while you go in to get something because this is what happens:

It is really humid in Arkansas so I let them dry overnight before I finished them.

They looked good, but I decided I wanted a little different look so I took some sand paper and sanded them a bit, focusing on the edges. You could also use steel wool.

Next I wiped the dust off and applied some antiquing medium. You paint it on with a sponge brush then wipe it off with a damp paper towel. If you don’t have that you can use a watered down brown paint.

Let that dry then apply a vinyl letter. I have a silhouette so I can cut my own vinyl. You can buy vinyl letters at craft stores. You can also print a big letter out and cut it out and trace it on the block, then paint it.

After putting your letter on give it a final spray of clear sealer. Since it is in your kitchen you want to be able to wipe it down.

Put your knives back in and enjoy a fun, cheap new accessory in your kitchen!

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I love the little splash of color it gives to my kitchen. It was a cheap project because I already had everything on hand so I didn’t have to go buy anything to complete it.  Hope you enjoy!

What do you have in your house that you can paint or change to make you like it again?


Spray Paint Used:  Krylon Cherry Red and Valspar Black

ps – There is a 25% off Paints and Stains coupon for Sherwin Williams

Types: Crafts


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