Courtly Checked Knife Blocks

by | Mar 10, 2022

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If it sits still long enough….. I will paint it!
And as long as the thrift stores keep putting knife blocks on their shelves….. I will keep painting them!
This little knife block duo is a powerful pair in their stately “somewhat” courtly check.  It’s a cleaner version with just black and white minus the gold and white swipes of MacKenzie Childs. This check stands well on its own….. but also serves well as a backdrop for other designs layered over it such as florals, molds, transfers or even stencils.  So let’s start these courtly checked knife blocks!

Courtly Checked Knife Blocks by Tracey's Fancy
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For those of you that prefer to watch this project take place in video format….. my team and I have created a YouTube video of the process HERE. YouTube Video coming in on Sunday, come on back then!


Both knife blocks started in this standard knife block light finish.  After a light scuff sand and a thorough cleaning with White Lightning I “pounced” on two coats of Boss WhitePouncing is a technique I use instead of brushing the paint on…. when I feel the piece will be put to the test with use.  I believe this increases the durability of the finish.

Courtly Checked Knife Blocks by Tracey's Fancy
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Courtly Checked Knife Blocks by Tracey's Fancy
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Once dry I pounced on a single coat of Saltwater using Silk All-in-One paint…. meaning it has a built in primer and top coat.  I chose to use a primer anyway….. as I do with pieces that will get more use than usual…. or will be used in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen (think steam….. water….. and grease)!

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I then used a ruler and a pencil to draw both horizontal and vertical lines creating checks on every surface of the block.

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Then using a brand new flat/squared off paint brush….. I filled in every other square with Anchor (black) also by the Silk All-in-One paint.  I usually go back over each square again with a second coat of black just to make sure each square is fully covered and completely opaque.  I do believe it is important to make sure the paint brush you choose has very crisp bristle edges…. which is why I prefer to start with a new brush vs. a brush that is slightly worn…… it just offers a more crisp edge where the black and the white meet.

Courtly Checked Knife Blocks by Tracey's Fancy
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This project went surprisingly fast!!!  I have created several knife blocks in the past which usually include a lot of products and different paint techniques.  You can see the knife block below where I used a large WoodUBend mold and created a stone-like finish.

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And the fresh and happy vibe knife block here where I paired stripes with a gorgeous lemon design transfer.

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I like this knife block and the mini-knife block just as they are!  I chose the Satin Top Coat as my finish.  I will likely apply a coat or two of Gator Hide as well…. since it is the hardiest of all the top coats that Dixie Belle offers!

Courtly Checked Knife Blocks by Tracey's Fancy
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Did you see my Salt & Pepper shakers from last week?  This black and white check pattern is a hot trend….. it has been for years….. and I honestly believe it always will be….. a timeless classic look that my whimsical heart just loves!  I hope you are inspired to paint those boring items in your kitchen soon!

Salt and Pepper Grinders by Tracey's Fancy
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Like projects:

Lemon Knife Block

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Faux Cement Knife Block

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2 Comments

  1. Judith J Roat

    OMG… I stumbled upon your site… Looking on YouTube for any videos about getting the BEST results using Hot Glue Gun & Silicone Molds… Thank you for not just that…. BUT the very classic design of Harlaquin, Blk & White Ck’s & Stripes… Welcome to my world…. OMG…. Can’t wait to indulge in your Blog, Newsletter, Video’s & even some of your tutorials… WOW-Zers… Another Sista from a-nudda Mudda… Sincerely sincere… Miss Judith 🌹 love it… Ck’ing out the vits you mentioned as well… Lots of love & more to learn… 📌🌹🎶😘

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    • Tracey Bellion

      This makes me so happy!!!! Share with anyone else that it will support!

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