Repurposed Cutting Board Sign
Create an Easy Repurposed Cutting Board Sign
It’s my favorite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge.
On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.
If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.
I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s cutting board challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out the fabulousness.
These are the BEFORES.
But first I’ll share my project with you, which is a repurposed cutting board sign.
I’m a great lover and believer of having words and phrases in my home’s decor. When we’re having a bad day, or facing challenges that seem difficult, signs with words that mean something to us can give us strength, and remind us of the things that are really important.
Five of my favorite words are peace, joy, love, faith, and hope. I’m adding these words to my home one sign at a time with my button joy sign, my junk love sign, and today’s sign.
How to Create a Cutting Board Sign
For my repurposed cutting board sign I’m using a bunch of things that I already have here at the house: a long wooden cutting board, a red and white gingham fabric tablecloth, some blue plastic rope, and some sticky back letters.
To cut out the fabric I just placed the cutting board down so that I could cut around it.
I left about an inch all around, which will be trimmed after the fabric is decoupaged in place.
Decoupaging fabric onto cutting board
I brushed some of the decoupage medium onto the cutting board after I spray painted it white.
Then I lay the fabric down on top and smoothed it in place.
My breyer helps to smooth the fabric down even more, making sure there aren’t any bubbles.
After the fabric dried in place I applied two coats of the decoupage medium on top, letting it dry completely in between.
It’s important to apply the decoupage medium over the excess fabric too, but you just let it hang there like this.
Doing that causes the excess fabric to harden and makes it very easy to trim it away with an xacto knife.
The trick is not to use any pressure, but to just let the knife run along the edge of the cutting board to trim the fabric away.
Adding finishing touches to cutting board sign
After giving the whole thing a light sanding with a sanding block I used my glue gun to frame the edge of the cutting board with the blue rope.
These inexpensive sticky back letters are a super easy way to create a sign.
They come in so many different colors and sizes.
I used some of these letters in my repurposed vintage window screen signs.
I just removed the paper backing and put the letters in place.
Hope is one of my favorite words, and something that I think we need to hang onto right now.
Supplies needed for repurposed cutting board sign
- wooden cutting board
- some kind of rope
- sticky back letters
- decoupage medium
- foam brush
- sanding block
- hot glue gun and sticks
- xacto knife
The fun thing about using these sticky letters, rather than something more permanent, is that they can be changed at any time.
This is a quick and easy sign project that can easily be customized to go with any decor style… depending on the sign, fabric, and rope that you use.
I used these colors because they go perfectly in my aqua and red kitchen, which has accents of yellow.
So, three words down and two more to go… peace and faith.
Please pin to your favorite board.
Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their cutting board posts.
Just click on the links below to check them out.
Little Vintage Cottage: Vintage Cutting Board Makeover
Lora B: Create & Ponder: Cutting Board Kitchen Printable and Simple Decor Ideas
Audrey Would: DIY Laptop Stand from a Butcher Block Cutting Board
Itsy Bits and Pieces: DIY Simple Farmhouse Lazy Susan
Our Hopeful Home: How to Stain and Whitewash a Farmhouse Pizza Peel with Shelf
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
GREAT idea!! Love this!! I have one that I painted with chalkboard paint and I am no artist when it comes to doing imaginative chalkboard art so I just may do something like this!! Thanks for sharing!!
Thanks Debbie! I love chalkboards, but I’m no artist with chalk either. This is a very easy way to make a sign.
So cute Tuula! I love words and quotes too and often have them around the house :o)
Thanks so much Tania! They definitely add to our home decor.
I love this idea, Tuula, and that you can customize it for your own decor! Great project!
Thanks Linda! This was a fun challenge.
I pinned this GREAT idea!! Seems like I always have an old cutting board around! Can’t wait to try this! Now, off to look at the others!
Thanks Dona! I tend to have a few in my stash too.
Thanks Tuula. You are always so uplifting.
Thanks Kaye! I’m so happy that you think so. I think our home’s decor should be uplifting.
I am so on board with your thoughts behind having words as decor throughout your home, Tuula. You are so right, these simple reminders can help reshape our days. What a cute project, too – I love the gingham and the removable option with the letters. You always come up with something fun and cool!
Thanks very much Sheila! I truly believe the right words for each of us can really make a difference in our every day.
Love your color choices, Tuula. And I love your word choice even better:) xo Kathleen
Thanks Kathleen! This was a fun challenge.
So cute, love it. Love the colors you chose.
Great tip to decoupage the extra fabric so you can cut it off easier, Tuula! This turned out so cute; adorable in your kitchen. Hope is my word for the year!
Thanks Lora! It’s a great word of the year, especially this year.
Really cute Tuula! It looks great hanging in the spot you chose too!
Thanks very much Pam!