Thursday, May 8, 2014

Repurposed Bird Cutting Board

Last week when we were picking up items at estate sales, one of my little treasures was an ugly cutting board.  You can see what it looked like in this post here.  One of my favorite new things to do is repurpose used cutting boards.  I see so many old ones at garage sales - you know, the ones with thick heavy wood and some of them are cut into cute shapes.  Most people will just pass them by because they are well worn and scarred with knife cuts from frequent use.  But that doesn't deter me and they are usually priced for less than a dollar.

I take the cutting board home and wash it really well with hot soapy water and a little bleach and then I run it thru the dishwasher.  Afterwards I'll lay it outside in the sun to dry really good for a day or 2.  Then I take my electric sander and sand down the entire board, removing years of use, cuts, gouges, and ugly paint jobs, giving it a nice, clean finish.   

I'll have Chablis make me some stencils on her Cricut machine and outline whatever I want with a pencil.  I heat up my wood burning tool and start burning.  The ugly painted board with the fruit on it turned out to have some beautiful wood underneath with a couple of pretty natural stains.  I washed it down really good again and let it dry, added a piece of twine to hang it and here it is.  It looks like brand new....

The new bird cutting board is now hanging at the lake house with the other board I did last week.  Now I'm on the lookout for a slightly smaller board to complete a set of three to hang and use.

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  1. Very nice. I wouldn't have thought to "refinish" a cutting board. I did paint a plain pig one of my grandmother's years ago.

    1. Do you use it now? It's nice that it was your grandmothers and you still have it.

    2. Yes, it's hanging in my kitchen.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Cheri. A shell shaped one would look nice at your Florida house!

  3. Love your newest cutting board. And you even "put a bird on it." (If you watch the tv show "Portlandia" my comment will make more sense.)

  4. I love this idea! I've never thought of running one through the dishwasher...great for getting it thoroughly clean! Enjoy your afternoon sweet friend! Hugs!


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