TWICE Upcycled & Repurposed Thrift Shop Cutting Board Risers


A little over a year ago, I posted a cutting board project with these two cutting boards.

I was trying an instant coffee stain technique I had found on the internet.  I am re-sharing the old project, as well as a new makeover of the cutting boards.  

This usually doesn't happen (thank goodness), but they didn't sell for what I had into them.  Basically, the cost of the cutting boards and round ball feet.



Here is the original project from July, 2018:  
 I love cutting boards.  

I found this round one at the thrift shop!

 I also found this small round one at the thrift shop too.  It was like brand new.  Since the larger cutting board had been used and oiled, I cleaned it with damp rag and Krud Kutter to remove cooking oil.

I have seen that it was possible to stain cutting boards with instant coffee on Pinterest, and I thought I would try it.

I purchased a jar of instant coffee at the Dollar Tree.  I poured some in a glass bowl and added enough water to to mix it, and not make it too runny.

I brushed the instant coffee on my two cutting boards.  Wow, look at that warm color!  But after the coffee dried, the color faded.  So I did coat two. 

This produced a problem I hadn't anticipated, the boards were really sticky.  I wet a terry rag and wiped them down until they weren't sticky.

DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs
Wiping the coffee stain further lightened the cutting boards, but they still had a warm brown hue.


I pounced on the wreath with black Ceramcoat craft paint.

DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs
 I sealed the stencil and coffee stain with Varathane Water-Based Polyurethane in Satin Finish.

This cutting board has some nice wear marks from knives. 


DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs
My cutting board has 2" wooden knob feet also from Hobby Lobby.  They were stained with the coffee too.

They are attached with 3/16 x 2 Dowel Screws.  Dowel screws have a point on each end.

You will need to make starter holes in the cutting boards for one end of the dowel screw.  The knob holes are 3/16".

DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs


DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs
My cutting board riser is perfect for a real or faux plant on your counter or table, or on your buffet table with a bowl of chips, etc.  

The cutting board should not be used for food preparation however.

DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs
I love it!

DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs
The smaller cutting board has a small Zinnia stencil from Folk Art.  I think the stencil has been discontinued, but any small round floral or leaf stencil will work.

I used black craft paint for this stencil as well.

DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs
The small cutting board has 1 3/4" wood ball knobs from Hobby Lobby.

I used shorter 3/16" x 1 1/2" dowel screws with the smaller knobs too. 

DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs
This small cutting board had never been used or oiled so the coffee stain really worked better. 

It may be made from different wood as well.

DIY Kitchen Decor with Cutting Boards, Coffee Stain, Stencils & Wood Ball Knobs
Two easy projects with thrift shop round cutting boards!

Now fast forward to September, 2019.  Like I said, I couldn't sell them last year so I used one under a lamp and one under a plant for the past year.

I tried to sell them again recently, and when I had them down to $5 each and there was no action, I decided to re-paint them.


I painted both of the cutting boards with two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in CAVIAR. 

I pulled out a 10" x 10" Mandala stencil from Home Depot that I have had for several years.


The stencil fit perfectly on the larger cutting board.  I swirled and pounced on the stencil using Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Fluff.


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I distressed the edges, and stenciling, lightly with 220 grit sandpaper, and wiped on Dixie Belle Best Dang Furniture Wax in Clear.

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I like stools and risers in my vignettes.  Varying heights, is so much more interesting.  With the new paint job, the riser can be used in any room, not just the kitchen.


I used this Deco Art French Elements Stencil, that I purchased on Amazon 3 years ago, on the smaller cutting board riser.  I used the Fluff white again, and Best Dang Wax too.


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This 8" x 8" stencil didn't fit perfectly, but I like how it fit on the cutting board.

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Again, I like adding a small stool or riser under a plant or a special knick-knack to vary heights, and add interest.


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