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 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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