February 27, 2011

I Made Myself A Cutting Board

After drooling over oversized cutting boards I've seen on blogs and on other web sites, I just had to have one for myself!    Problem was I couldn't find anything I liked and most everything was way more than I was willing to pay.    So what's a girl to do but make her own so that's what I did.      I don't intend to use it for food preparation but for decorative purposes only.  

My inspiration came when I saw how Kelley (Polished Pebble)*  had hers displayed in on her blog.

*(BEFORE I SHARE ANY OF THE PHOTOS BELOW LET ME SAY THAT FOR SOME REASON MY HYPERLINK IS NOT WORKING ON WLW SO I HAD TO JUST PASTE THE ACTUAL WEB PAGE I GOT THE PHOTO FROM.   I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH KELLEY AND LET HER KNOW I AM SHARING HER PICTURES)

 

cutting board on ppebble blog 

(http://ppebble.blogspot.com/2011/02/red-hot-inspiration.html)                         

 

breadboards on ppebble#2

( http://ppebble.blogspot.com/2010/07/cooks-kitchen.html)

 

breadboards on ppebble

  (http://ppebble.blogspot.com/2010/07/cooks-kitchen.html)         

 

Kelley said her inspiration for displaying her cutting boards came from The Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten's kitchen.

 

breadboards on table at vicky dar blog

(Unfortunately I don't have the source of this photo so if anyone knows the blog owner, please let me know and I'll be more than happy to give proper credit)

 

So I went to Lowe's and bought a piece of pine board.    I wanted my breadboard to have knot holes and be rather rough looking....like it had been around a long time.     To get the size, I measured underneath my cabinets to the countertop so I could prop the breadboard underneath the cabinets if I wanted to.     I needed to cut my board to approximately 15" give or take.    I found a lampshade (!) that was 16" in diameter and decided to use that for my template (I know there are easier ways to do this but hey, the lampshade worked for me!).    I then traced out my circle on the board.

 

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Then just as I was getting ready to cut it out, husband came home and took over the jig saw and it's a good thing he did, I don't think I could have done such a good job.

 

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I took my electric sander to the edges to smooth it out until I was happy with the shape.

 

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Then I just brushed on a coat of Dark Walnut (cause that's what I had on hand) and wiped it down.    I think it makes it look really old!   I did put a coat of tung oil on it but since I don't plan on using it for food prep, it really doesn't matter to me that it's not very smooth.

 

Then the fun part....making different vignettes with my breadboard!

 

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I first styled it on my kitchen table....

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See how it just fits under my cabinet (sorry for the glare and tint....maybe one day I'll learn how to use piknik)

 

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See how small another cutting board is compared to this one!

 

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If I ever make another one, and I probably will, I think I'll just put a more natural stain on it and seal it.    But for now, I'm happy with my homemade breadboard.

Have you ever made one?    If so, please share!

 

I'm linking to these partys:

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Don't forget to come back on Wednesday when I'll host our healthy recipe link party.    Hope to see you then!!!

15 comments:

Terri said...

Cool. I love it when people go out and accomplish their ideas!! You go girl.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Wow, I wish I had thought of this! I have three vintage bread boards and one of those was a gift from a blogging friend. The board looks great and what a wonderful idea.
Hugs,
Sherry

Gypsy Heart said...

Great job! I would never have thought of this ~

I love, adore Ina Garten!
xo
Pat

jojo said...

In my opinion, and really does any other matter?, if Ina has it in her kitchen it's good for me!! Love it, thanks for sharing this great idea!

Amy Kinser said...

You did an amazing job! Love all of the ways you used it.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love how it looks on your kitchen table.

Blessings,
Linda

Lindsey said...

Great job!! I love it!! Love all the photos too!

Simply LKJ said...

What a great idea Judy!! I love how it turned out.

Yavonne said...

Love the breadboard and how you used it. You inspired me!!!

I just inherited a jigsaw from my dad and was wondering what I could do with it. Now I know...can't wait to try this project.

Kat aka Beachkat said...

Love how it turned out. You go girl!

Hugs,
Kat

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Love THIS idea!
Now I want to collect and make cutting boards too!
GREAT post!
(You are brave, I asked for a jigsaw for Valentine's Day last year and I am still too afraid to turn it on!)
XX
A

Kim said...

I saw that post on the Polished Pebble's blog. Yours turned out perfectly Judy - Love it!
xoxo,
Kim

Laurie said...

I just found your blog today and I am IN LOVE. I wish you were my neighbor. Love your cutting board and I'm going to try that chicken salad. Stopping by from Lulu and Daisy. :)

shannon said...

So pretty! AND, what a great model 'she' is!! She is versatile and stunning in every shot!! Great DIY!

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

Hi Judy! I love it! I'm so happy to find someone else who loves and makes them too! A couple years ago I made a bunch for friends for Christmas and it was so much fun! I love those huge bread boards they sell on Ebay but not the price! Have a great weekend!

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