Chopping Board Hack

Chopping Board Hack

I recently went through a phase of buying wooden chopping boards whenever I saw them. Nothing special, just plain ordinary boards found at KMart. I was inspired by photos I had seen of beautifully renovated kitchens with chopping boards hanging stylishly on the walls … very chic and a little rustic. My kitchen is neither chic or stylish and I thought I could inject a little rustic charm with a couple of well placed chopping boards.  Only problem … brown boards against yellow melamine cupboards, coupled with a tan splashback looks … well I think you can guess! I decided a chopping board hack was required to help lift and lighten my still original 1989 kitchen. Chopping Board Hack I wanted to play around with using an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) wash to lighten the chopping boards. Here is the before photo … it may be hard to tell, but both boards where coated with a good layer of factory strength polyurethane. Chopping Board Hack The idea is for the paint wash to seep into the wood grain. As I’ve never been able to completely remove varnish with sandpaper, I decided to use a paint stripper. I didn’t want the polyurethane to act as a barrier, preventing the paint wash from soaking in.

When using a paint stripper, always follow the instructions carefully. Keep it well away from children and pets. Apply in a well ventilated area. Use protective clothing … gloves, eye mask and plastic apron. Cover up arms and legs well because speaking from personal experience … this stuff BURNS!

But the results were great! After scrapping off the varnish with a plastic scraper,  I washed the boards under a running tap and allow them to dry thoroughly. Chopping Board Hack For the paint wash I used ASCP in Old White – about 2 parts paint to 1 part water. I painted the wash on with a paint brush. After a minute or two I wiped down with a damp cloth. Remember to watch for drips down the side. Chopping Board Hack I found applying the paint wash was all about trying out different techniques until I got the look I was after. The less water you use … the more colour build up you’ll get. While a damp cloth will remove more paint, giving a lighter finish. Try a dry cloth if too much paint is being removed. Chopping Board Hack Allow the wash to dry throughly. Then tape off the bottom section with painter’s tape (about a third of the way up the board) – ensure the tape has no air bubbles etc. Chopping Board Hack Paint with your desired colour … I choose ASCP Duck Egg for one board and Paris Grey for the second. Using the paint straight from the tin, I painted both sides of the boards and propped them up on a baking paper box to dry. Chopping Board Hack Carefully remove the painters tape while the paint is still wet. Once the board was completed dry, I lightly sanded with a very fine sandpaper (about 210 grade). The plan was to distress the the board quite a lot, especially the bottom block of colour. However, I was really pleased with the look of the boards after a light sand, that I left them as is. Chopping Board Hack I haven’t use a finish on the boards (such as a wax or polyurethane) as I quite like the flat finish. Plus … they’re really for decoration and I’m not planning to use them for cutting food. Chopping Board Hack Have you tried a chopping board hack before? Any ideas you’d like to share?

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  1. Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party, this is such a great idea, so simple but yet effective! Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

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