DIY Paisley Chalk Paint Knife Block

DIY Paisley Knife Block

If you’ve been wanting to try Chalk Paint but haven’t yet, this is a great little project to test the waters! Below is a before and after of the knife block. This would also make a great handmade gift idea for Mother’s Day or even Christmas.

DIY Paisley Chalk Paint Knife Block

I started by painting the whole knife block with two coats of Annie Sloan Provence chalk paint. When dry, I aged the edges with a sanding block. I bought paisley plastic stencils and using Krylon Re-positionable Stencil adhesive, stenciled on a bunch of paisleys with a small spouncer. When dry, I did one coat of clear Annie Sloan Wax over the whole knife block and allowed it to dry overnight.

For the “Knives” chalkboard label, I used a Martha Stewart Re-positionable Chalkboard Label and hand lettered the text with Elmers Painters Pens (I love these paint pens and they come in a ton of colors).

DIY Paisley Chalk Paint Knife Block

DIY Chalk Paint Paisley Knife Block

DIY Paisley Chalk Paint Knife Block

A simple, little DIY project that adds a bright cheeriness to your kitchen!

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Dawn is the DIY & Lifestyle blogger/Graphic Designer behind By Dawn Nicole. She is a mom of 3 who believes in "throwing kindness around like confetti". While Dawn loves all things creative, she has a passion for hand-lettered typography. A clean-eating foodie who loves cooking as much as a a good long outdoor run, she believes in balance and rarely lets a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffeinating. She is also a contributor to the Silhouette Blog, Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke, and The Pinning Mama .


  1. This is beautiful! I just bought a spray paint in that colour and want to do a similar project with my knife block. Your project is the only one that I’ve found so far that doesn’t require primer. I’m new to the DIY culture so I’m wondering if your knife block has been ok without the primer?
    Thanks :)

    • H Bianca! Thank you! I used a product that doesn’t require primer (one of the main reasons I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) so it’s holding up great but I can’t speak to the prep work you may need to do for spray paint. I did recently try the Valspar Spray Paint and Primer in one on a chair and it’s holding up great!

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