Monday, November 3, 2014

From Failure to Fab

Do you remember the repurposed cutting board failure I had a couple of weeks ago?  Here's a picture of the sad finished product.  Jump back here if you want to read the original story.

 

Well, I pondered the problem, asked for advice and searched Pinterest.   The first thing I tried was to get an ink pad refill tube.  I dabbed liquid ink onto the surface of the Bacon Press and tried pushing it down onto the board, but that didn't do anything except get my hands full of ink.  I was happy that the ink easily washed off of the Bacon Press....
 
 


So on to plan B.  I ran over to the office supply store and looked for some carbon/tracing paper.  When I couldn't find it, I asked one of the store employees if they sold carbon paper.  He looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language.  Cripes, did that make me feel old - does anyone else remember carbon paper???  You know, from back in the day when we used typewriters and wanted to make multiple copies.   Anyway, after a little searching, we came up with a box of carbon paper....
 
 
I went back home with my precious box of carbon paper.  I'm thinking that 25 sheets of it will probably last me the rest of my life.  I got out a piece of parchment paper and taped it to the front of the bacon press and took a pencil and lightly scribbled across it so I could transfer the outline of the bacon press onto the paper.  Then I laid the transfer onto the cutting board and slipped a piece of carbon paper between the parchment and the board.... 
 

Next I took a pen and just traced the outline of the transfer onto the board.  I was actually feeling pretty pleased with myself at this point if you want to know the truth.

 
Finally, I took my wood burning tool and just burned along the pen lines....
 





Once I finished wood burning the board, I did a light staining with coffee grounds, cleaned it up and then coated the entire board with some coconut oil.   Here it is, all finished and ready to use or display!  Honestly, I was pretty happy that it all worked out.  Don't you just love it when you can turn a former failure into a fun finished product?

 
 

 
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29 comments:

  1. Kim, I love that you didn't give up on your idea. It turned out adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much - I was kind of shocked. LOL.

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  2. I love it!! I am so glad you were so persistent!!! It seemed to be a lot more work for you but it was certainly worth it!!

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    1. It was a lot of work but it was fun and I'm happy with it.

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  3. Lol, I just used carbon paper this weekend! It turned out great, and you are so clever. You're a really good wood burner, too. I know from experience that it's not that easy! :)

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    1. Well thanks Gail. I like doing the wood burning.

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  4. Yes, woodburning is harder than it looks. Nicely done!

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  5. WOW That turned out really nice! You made me LOL when I read about asking about the carbon paper!

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    1. Cripes - the guy made me feel ancient. LOL.

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  6. That turned out great! Glad you didn't give up.

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    1. I was determined to figure it out, altho it was more work than I thought it would be.

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  7. Carbon paper hunt - I have been there! I snatch it up at the thrift store and estate sales when I find it. Love using the bacon press image on the board. Well done! Thank you for sharing your cutting board at Make it Monday.

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    1. Believe it or not, I don't think I've ever see carbon paper at an estate sale, but then, that's not something Id' normally look for either LOL.

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  8. OMG, I love your stick-to-it-ness! I'd have probably thrown the whole caboodle against the nearest wall and poured myself a glass of wine - lol!

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    1. I don't drink wine but a couple shots of apple pie moonshine would do the trick. LOL.

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  9. Oh Kim..It turned out perfect! I love your determination to make this project work! I love it..Love it ...Love it! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Party In Your PJs!

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    1. Well thank you so much - you made my day!

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  10. Wow! That's impressive! And you thought the process up all by yourself! It looks great!

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    1. Thank you Sandy - I'm very pleased with it.

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  11. Very nice Kim! That is an amazing makeover!

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    1. Thank you Liz - it was actually fun to do.

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  12. Great job! I think you may have carbon paper to leave to your kids, lol! That comment made me laugh outloud : )

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    1. Thank you and thanks for coming by and leaving a comment! :-)

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  13. This turned out so cute! I'm sure glad you didn't give up on it. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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