From Garage Sale Cutting Boards to DIY Halloween Decor

August 21, 2018
 As you probably know, I like cutting boards.  I almost always pick them up at garage sales and thrift shops.

These three were recent finds.  My project today will use the top and bottom cutting boards with handles.

The pumpkin stem was a project fail.  It was way too light, so I sanded it down and repainted it.  More on that below!

After sanding the edges and center area with 220 grit sandpaper, you can see the black paint peeking through.

These paper stencil packs from FolkArt are a really great buy at about $15 for 26 stencils, however, they are paper, and you have to be very careful when punching them out along the perforations.

I have ripped them before and spent extra time gluing or taping them back together.

There are always several that I will use in each of the square stencil variety packs.

I used the "Trick or Treat" stencil on the larger cutting board.  

The entire stencil didn't fit on the board, so I left off the top and bottom flourish.  The entire stencil would be great on a pillow!

This is where I am satisfied with the stencil and bottom but decided to redo the stem.

I painted the stem with one coat of flat black latex, and then Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Amersterdam Green and Honfleur (brown).

I also softened the line between the pumpkin and stem.  It was too defined.  (I'm not an artist)

Here is the finished larger cutting board.  

 I sanded the stem, a little harder in spots to reveal the green under the brown.  It's better.

I wanted to darken the Decoart Heritage (orange) so I brushed on Chalked Decorative Semi-Transparent Glaze in Smoked, and wiped it off almost right away.  This made the pumpkin coloring perfect.  Not too bright.

Then I sealed the entire pumpkin with Deco Art Americana Decor Creme Wax in Clear.

I added a sawtooth hanger to the back for easy hanging, and tied on a bit of raffia.

While the last board was new, this one was in very rough shape, even glued together.

I spray my used cutting boards with KRUD KUTTER Tough Task Remover to remove any oils on the surface before painting.

I gave this board a black latex base coat as well.

Same Decoart Heritage Chalky Paint on the pumpkin and Annie Sloan Amsterdam Green and Honfleur on the stem.

I then sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper.

This Jack o'Lantern face stencil is also in the Folkart Holiday Stencil packet.

I stenciled the face with black paint, and brushed on the Chalked Semi-transparent Glaze in Smoked, and wiped it off.

I sealed this board with the Decoart Clear Cream Wax as well.

This little jack o'lantern is so rustic!  

He hangs on the hole in the handle.

Aren't they fun?

So easy too!

 I stenciled these Easter pillows with stencils from the Folkart Holiday pack as well.

You can see that post HERE.
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Super cute and festive Carlene! I love the way your creative mind works.

  2. Very cute! You are so clever!! My newlywed daughter likes to craft for her new house, maybe we can do this one together...

  3. ""I painted the stem with one coat of flat black latex, and then Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Amersterdam Green and Honfleur (brown)---After painting the stem black, how did you paint the green and brown? Brown over the green?

    I also LOVE cutting boards and just painted 3 orange for Halloween!

    1. Yes brown over green but not solid brown. I wanted both colors to be visible.


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