Thrift Shop Makeovers Make Great Christmas Gifts

December 13, 2015
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.

Thrift Shop Cutting Board Makeover
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.

Thrift Shop Cutting Board Makeover

Thrift Shop Cutting Board Makeover
Board number two.

Thrift Shop Cutting Board Makeover
Someone on your Christmas list just may like a new chalkboard!  Or you can keep it all for yourself!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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