February 21, 2019

With all the major things done in our kitchen, I’m working on styling out the accessory level items. For a long time we have had a knife block. As far as knife blocks go, it was nice. It was just a natural wood wusthof brand one – which is who we use for all our knives. It wasn’t particularly out of DISSATISFACTION with my knife block, but I saw some knife strip inspirations that I thought looked so beautiful, I wanted to replace my block with a knife strip.

Now that I’ve done it I LOVE THIS SO MUCH MORE than a knife block.

I wanted something chrome-ish, very strong, and clean-lined design. And not expensive! I discovered the ikea grundtal and it was perfection! With great reviews! Only to then discover it was discontinued. Only to then also discover that although discontinued they still have it on amazon. AND IT’S PRIME.

FYI – at ikea (not discontinued) is the fintorp which is the same thing but black, or the kungsfors, which is the same thing but longer.

The installation was very easy. There is a thin piece of metal that screws into the wall using drywall anchors. The part that the knives come into contact with is a larger metal strip with magnets on the inside, so it sticks to the piece attached to the wall (and knives stick to the whole assembly).

Here are a few more knife strip inspirations I was talking about – here, here, here, and here. All pretty!

There’s something about them that is almost like an art piece. It is sculptural and so visually pleasant we knew immediately we wanted to clear that area of the counter to make it more prominent.

This was such a good, under $20, less than 15 minute upgrade. Also maybe we’re in the honeymoon phase, but it simply feels just fun grabbing your knife and putting it away too!

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  • Katy

    I love a knife strip! How did you decide where to place it? I’d like one, but my kitchen doesn’t really have a great spot for it, unfortunately.

    • Rachel Schultz

      I like it on a side wall of a counter better than “above” the counter on the backsplash, at least with my cabinets that are standard low hanging. Make sense?

  • Phylicia

    I love it and have been debating about getting one for years. Question: do your kids try to reach it? That’s the only reason I haven’t bought one!

    • Rachel Schultz

      We haven’t had anything like that!

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