Knife-block redo and barstool upcycle

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My wife suggested I paint our knife-block but I hesitated for a bit because it came with a expensive knife set from SharpenedKnife that my parents gave me. But you can’t win if you don’t play, right?  And she found this cool example and sent me the Pin, so I couldn’t resist.

http://www.johnnyinadress.com/2011/03/beautify-that-boring-knife-block.html?m=1

And the first picture is an awesome bar stool turned (literally) into wrapping paper storage. We got the idea from Pinterest (where else?) and then the wife happened across a somewhat broken stool at a huge tag sale to benefit a local animal shelter. I promised to make the stool into a wrapping paper caddy if she promised not to bring home another dog. Here’s the inspiration for the stool:
http://96195.com/pic-759.html

I tried out Crackle for the first time on both of these.  It was actually kind of a ruse for the wife’s benefit. She’s much more of a contemporary, bright color kind of person and I’m more of a shabby-chic kind of person. So, I started with the Rachel Ray green that she wants to do our kitchen in (along with her eggplant and orange). She loved it, but then I put the crackle and yellow over them both (to go with our current shabby-kitchen).
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The stool was a lot of fun to make. I used ribbon to replace a couple missing rungs with bottle caps instead of washers to hold it on. On the feet (now the tops) I decoupaged paper from an end-page from a used book from the same tag sale and wrapped some washi tape around it.  I used one of the thrift store table cloths I got for my parents’ 50th anniversary to make a few pockets to hold tape, bows, ribbon and such. It was my first time using the button holer (is that a word?) on my sewing machine and it was so cool. It says you can use it to sew on the buttons, too, but I didn’t quite trust it (or myself). I had a vision of a flying needles and broken buttons so I just sewed them by hand.ImageImage

For the knife-block I made a stencil out of cardstock to tie in with the boarder in the kitchen and varnished the heck out of it (she tends to make a bit of a mess when she’s cooking, so hopefully that will make for easier cleanup). I told her I could repaint it without the crackle if/when we redo the kitchen. I even think my parents would approve!

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15 thoughts on “Knife-block redo and barstool upcycle

  1. craftymadre says:

    Thanks for sharing my post! I hope you try one of your own.

  2. Reblogged this on charmcitycreativedesigns and commented:
    Upcycled knife block and More

  3. Julie says:

    How cool! They look awesome!

  4. I love what you did with both of them.

  5. Great Upcycle Idea so creative and I love it!

  6. Wow… great! Love it! Cheers

  7. Love both of these projects! Great idea with the bottle caps :). You’ve also reminded me that I want to paint my boring old knife block — thanks for the inspiration. I’m loving your blog!

    • craftymadre says:

      Thanks!!! I picked up some stuff for your store today at the recycling place in Rhode Island I was telling you about. I have an idea for a Christmas craft that you guys might like.

  8. That is so cool! I have that upside down stool on my DIY pinterest board and am so happy to see someone has made such a good job of it – now I might possibly one day- maybe- get around to doing one for my room too! Great post! 🙂

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