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I hope you don’t mind but I want to share yet another passion of mine with you … arts & crafts. I am equally as passionate for interior design as I am about creating healthy foods.
I am not to sure what my style is; Tuscan, sophisticated flea-market, farmhouse, rustic (but not to rustic), vintage… hmm, I guess when you boil it all down, I’m rather eclectic. My main goal is to create a home that is warm and welcoming. One that says, “Come on in! Grab a drink out of the fridge (raw treat if so inclined) and kick your feet up on the coffee table as we relax together.”
As much as I love vintage and antiques, it is not always easy to find exactly what I have envisioned, so when that happens, I do my dandiest to make it myself! So I thought I would share with you a project that I did today. I hope it inspires you as well! Today’s project started in the kitchen with the wax paper, then I moved to my craft room for the printer and creation, then to the garage for staining, then back to the kitchen for decorating. I made a full circle. :) My objective today… vintage cutting boards! Or as close to them as I could get with the supplies on hand.
This is what I did.
And this is how I did it!…
The bottom two cutting boards were purchased at Home Goods for $4.99 each. The top cutting board was in my cabinet. The black stand is a file holder that I got for $3.99. This will be used in my end display. Notice that all the cutting boards have different grains and colors in the wood. That will help the grouping look like it was collected over time and not all bought at the same time. I hope that makes sense. :)
I selected the graphics that I wanted to use and then printed them out on plain paper for a trial run. I wanted to make sure that the sizing was right and that I would like the over-all look.
I don’t have exact step by step pictures. You have move somewhat quick and carefully for the next process and I couldn’t juggle my Iphone camera at the same time. So, let me explain what I did next.
The cutting board below is longer than a standard piece of paper so I had to do the image on 2 pieces of paper.
After all my transfers were complete, it was time to head out to the garage. The 2 cutting boards that I had bought still looked a tad to new for my over-all aged look so I took a piece of chain and gave them a good spanking. I then stained the boards. I used Special Walnut as my color of choice. Each piece took on a different color due to the wood it was made from. The stain helps to marry the image and wood, giving it that vintage look. I took a few snap shots just to show the difference the stain made in the wood color.
You could vanish it as the last step but I didn’t. Here is the end product.
This is how I displayed them on my kitchen island. It’s hard to see the top 2 cutting board graphics due to the camera angle.
Well, that about sums it up. This was first time doing this on cutting boards and I tell ya what… I will be looking for used boards at second hand stores from now on! The more banged up and used, the better. haha Right now, my decorating fetishes are:
Old cutting boards
Antique rolling pins
Antique wooden shutters
Antique salt and pepper shakers
and anything else that strikes my fancy! lol
What are you passionate about? I would love for you to share!
Many blessings, amie sue