My wife and I have managed to live in places over the years that have few, if any, drawers. We’ve had a knife magnet since we lived in DC, and it’s always been very useful. It keeps our cutlery uncluttered and out of the way. After we remodeled the kitchen, we couldn’t decide what to put above the range. Neither of us wanted to put up anything too decorative that would date the room, and we had to consider that whatever was there would receive a steam bath whenever we boiled noodles.
The space between the upper cabinets is about 30 inches. Since our knife magnet is only 18 inches long, we ordered another 12 inch magnet from Magnagrip and got to work.
The wood color doesn’t match anything in our kitchen, so I sanded it down and applied some stain:
I used a mixture of Red Mahogany, Red Sedona and Jacobean to get the right tint to match our cabinets, but the wood just wouldn’t absorb the darker stain. After a while, I decided I could live with the color, even though it’s a lighter hue than what I was going for. I held my four foot level beneath the upper cabinets, set the knife magnets on it, and then marked the screw holes. We have plaster board in this old house, so I had to insert plastic anchors. You’d be amazed at how much force it takes to get the butcher knife off the magnet. If it’s not attached to the wall properly, you’ll accidentally pull it out.
Here’s the result:
We think it looks pretty good. Only time will tell if the knives hold up well to the steam and splatters.