I am a bit of a self-proclaimed kitchen goods hoarder. Antique plates, silver vessels, and basically anything that can add a little bit of flair to my dining room table set up are my weakness. Cutting boards happen to fall in this category and I have found myself with a wide selection ranging from bamboo circles to thin olive wood slabs (who needs this many options? I do!). When Poppy Magazine asked me to contribute to their summer issue, I jumped at the chance to create something that I absolutely love, unique pieces for entertaining. After coming across a few simple unfinished wood boards from Ikea I quickly decided to adopt them into my growing collection and turn them into something a little more interesting than an everyday cutting board. With simple crafting tools, like painters tape, complementary paint colors, and a paintbrush, the boards were transformed in a single afternoon. They now reside happily stacked among my other treasured kitchen items.
|Start with unfinished wood boards (try a hardware store if you can't find packaged ones), blue painter's tape, a craft paintbrush, and 2-3 colors. I chose a muted grey paired with either turquoise or gold.|
|Add strips to the board using the painter's tape, making sure the rub the edges completely so that no bubbles are formed. Don't forget the sides either.|
|After the boards have dried completely remove the tape.|
|Finish with a clear coat to seal in the paint (a food safe one if you are using them as trays). I've yet to finish mine, but I plan on using a glossy finish to make them look a little fancier.|