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A Simple Project...Chop!

It's been awhile since I shared a simple project,
 and today's project is a very simple little re-do!

Wooden knife blocks are very common, inexpensive finds in thrift stores.  They can be re-used for many things (type in knife block on Pinterest).  Last week I found this big one.  I gave it a good cleaning and the butcher block wood was beautiful...

What attracted me to this one was the graphic lettered labels...

The backside is smooth, beautiful wood...

I started my quick makeover with this little chalkboard.  I had it in my crafting stash, but you can find them at the craft stores...

I simply cut off the little string, 
and wrote the word "CHOP" with a paint pen.

Then I glued it on the front with E-6000 glue, 
to cover the old label...

Next, I took a wooden Scrabble game tray...

and glued it to the backside...

Perfect for holding a recipe, my tablet, or charging my phone!

It works great holding my knives, 
and I have lots of room left for other pieces, too...

I love a simple re-use project!

Until next time...


  1. Linda, That is really cute. I love the idea of a tray to hold your recipes. You clever girl. :):) Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. Well, isn't this clever! I especially love the scrabble tray for a tablet or recipe.

  3. i love a multi-purpose RE-purpose! You're so clever!

  4. The knife block was a great find and you made it prettier and even more useful. I love your idea with the scrabble tray.

  5. Love this simple and oh-so-functional project, Linda! Great use of the scrabble trays!

  6. You are a genius when it comes to the "art" of repurposing!

    xo Kat

  7. I never would have thought of this, Linda.
    Now I want to try it!

  8. Such a fun project, Linda!
    Mary Alice

  9. This is a great idea, Linda! So handy with the little shelf, too! Hope you have a great week! x K

  10. What a clever way to cover up the manufacturer's name in style with the darling little chalkboard! And using a piece from a Scrabble game to hold recipes is genius, too! My poor knives are stuffed in a drawer.

  11. LInda this is just genius! I am sharing it today on my FB page. Really one of the best ideas I've seen in awhile :)

  12. I have two knife blocks downstairs...but I am one who hate anything on their counters. But making it multi purpose of a sign and book/tablet holder makes me rethink my blocks. Very creative!

  13. Good Golly, I pass by those knife blocks ALL THE TIME at the thrift stores!!! Who knew!

  14. Linda,

    That is one of the prettiest knife blocks I've ever seen!

    Happy day friend!

  15. How cute, is that?! Great job, Linda :)


  16. How cool is that to make the back of the knife block, an area to hold your phone or tablet? Love it!

  17. For Christmas we got a nice knife set in a walnut block. I think it needs a little chop sign too.

  18. Clever, clever girl
    you are, sweet Linda!
    What a huge knife
    block -- great find!
    And your custom
    touches make it
    so special -- well
    done, my friend!

    Stay cozy......

    xo Suzanne

  19. What a great idea! I love the scrabble piece used to hold a tablet for recipes or even a recipe card.

  20. Hi Linda! It's an absolute delight to be visiting you this morning...I cam across your wonderful blog via the Vintage Charm party.

    Your "Chop" sign is fabulous and such a unique idea. Have a beautiful day! Hugs! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

  21. Adding on the tray is genius!! :)

  22. How creative! Who knew adding a scrabble tile holder could spruce up the function and decorative appeal of a knife block?

  23. What a wonderful idea! I love the chop sign and the scrabble tray idea is brilliant!
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  24. Very creative idea for one of those cast off knife blocks. Scrabble will never be the same.....

  25. How clever of you! I love it as a book or tablet holder and the chalkboard is such a fun addition. Thanks so much for sharing at Talk of the Town.

  26. Love the creativeness here perfect for following a googled search at hand .


  27. I was just looking at knife blocks at a thrift store last week, and couldn't decide what I'd do with it, so I didn't buy it, but now I'll know next time! Thanks for sharing this idea at Talk of the Town - I'm pinning it on our party board here -

  28. I love what you did with this.... especially the scrabble rack as a resting place for your tablet! Inspired!

    Karen x

  29. Linda, I've already shared how much I love this idea but wanted to thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  30. On my way to the thrift store - thanks for posting

  31. Well this is brilliant! What a great idea!!


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