I always pick up old cutting boards at thrift shops and garage sales. I like to display them as is as well as up-cycle and re-purpose them. This cutting board or breadboard (I grew up calling them breadboards) and a smaller one are about to be transformed.
Breadboards are sometimes a little greasy. Use Krud Kutter or Greased Lightening to remove any extra surface oil. Then I stained the boards with dark walnut stain.
After I let them dry a couple of days, I taped off the edges of the boards with painter's tape, like so. Then I gave them three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite. I watered the paint down just a bit with water so it wasn't quite so thick. The ASCP left very few brush strokes unlike Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint does sometimes. You can certainly use the Rustoleum paint on this project if you don't have ASCP. I have used it many times.
I added a Scrabble Tile holder for the chalk. I stained it as well, and tied on a muslin torn strip of fabric for the hanger.
Board number two.
Someone on your Christmas list just may like a new chalkboard! Or you can keep it all for yourself!