This genius idea comes to you from my brother!

As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to do it in my own house. My brother and his girlfriend have an apartment nearby, and he recently graduated from culinary school (with high honors – yes I’m proud!) He needed some storage for all of his knives and came up with this solution. It was one of those “DUH!” moments, so simple but it had never occurred to me.

Installing a Knife Holder with 3M Command Strips

I’ve been dying to replace my bulky countertop knife holder with a sleek wall mount version, but I didn’t want to drill through my tile. It’s no secret that I’m fickle, and who knows if I will want to change the location or remove something like this down the road…leaving holes in my travertine forever! There’s no way I could commit to that!

The secret: 3M Command Strips

command strips for a knife holder

I’ve never used the “velcro” style hanging strips, only the hooks. But I saw how sturdy this was at my brother’s place, so I bought the same ones and applied all four to the block (purchased at Bed, Bath, and Beyond).

command strips on knife holder

You could probably get by with only using two, but I’d rather overdo it than have the knives come spilling down! I followed the directions on the package for application, and – in less than 5 minutes – it was a huge transformation!

The counter was a cluttered mess…

installing a knife rack

I took the opportunity to remove the excess (wine rack, which we barely use) and notebooks and other clutter-y items.

magnetic knife holder installation

Because of the damage free removal option, this solution would be perfect for renters along with non-committal folks like myself :) But really, it’s just a great way to take advantage of some of that wall space without wrecking your backsplash (tile or not)!

install a knife holder

I’m still working on the other end of the counter, but this small change really got me motivated :) Hopefully I’ll have more “refreshed” kitchen pictures in the next week or so!

Psssst…I wasn’t paid or perked for this post, this was just an old fashioned ah-ha moment :)

9 Responses

  1. Karen

    I LOVE this idea. We rent our house right now, so that is such an awesome space saving tip that I need to try right away! Thanks :)

  2. Diane

    Ive have had mine up for a few years and love it! I’m going to be adding a backsplash soon and now I know how to attach it to the wall! Thanks! :)

  3. m @ random musings

    great idea (I hate the thought of having to buy another block when we move) – how much weight do the strips hold?

  4. Sandy R

    Love this idea!!!!! Genius! It can be placed anywhere, tile, wood, refrigerator side, inside the pantry…………Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mary Fran

    I love this idea! I am going to have to give it a try. Thanks for the super idea…

  6. Julie

    I’m always surprised by how much weight those strips can handle.

  7. Jax65

    Very good idea!! I am thinking of painting my cabinets and going with a monochrome scheme, would you tell me the colors that you used? I love your kitchen (what I can see of it)!

    • Rachael Evans

      The wall color is Burnished Clay by Behr Ultra (Home Depot) and the cabinet color is White Dove (Benjamin Moore). Good luck!


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