Hello all!!! Janel here! I’m happy to be back with you again with a how to revive old cutting boards, even when they’re nasty looking. Well, at least mine was looking nasty. I’m hoping and assuming I’m not the only one!
I realized that every single post I’ve done so far here at Shabby Creek has heavily involved wood. I truly love the look of rustic wood. It’s so beautiful without even trying. sigh. I love wooden cutting boards. I would collect them if I haven’t been giving up my collecting of collections. yes, I truly like collecting collections…it’s a problem. I especially love wooden cutting boards that look worn and well-loved. Mine is worn, but it isn’t worn in a well-loved kind of way.
Yuck!! That’s a whole lot of worn right there! But, I am not one to buy new when a little elbow grease will create something fabulous! So, let me tell you about the afternoon when I got a worn and well-loved wooden cutting board all my own!
I started the afternoon like any other. I was sitting down to enjoy a cup of tea (cinnamon I think!). I looked over to the area by my stove and spotted my wooden cutting board. It made me cringe. And so, I put down my tea walked over to the cutting board and told it “today…you are mine”. And we began our relationship again.
- 50 grit sand paper and sander
- mineral oil
- cleaner that you generally use on your wood cutting board (I use lemon and salt)
First thing to do when making yourself a new cutting board from an old nasty one is wash it good. I also sprinkle salt all over my board and scrub it with a lemon half. Let dry. At least now the cutting board smelled good! But smelling good wasn’t enough.
Second thing is to get 50 grit sand paper and your sander and go at that cutting board. Don’t take prisoners. When you think you’ve sanded enough…go a little longer. Your hand will vibrate after you are done. But, it will all be worth it!
Third thing to do for that beautiful well-worn look is to purposely… on purpose…because you choose to… round out all the hard edges. Round them out, soften them, make them look worn-out. Gorgeous!
Right about now in the afternoon I knew it was going to be okay. The cutting board was turning into something I could live with and love. It could be saved. So, I stopped to finish my tea. Yum!
Fourth thing to do is to apply mineral oil to the wood. Rub it in and rub it off. Repeat. Repeat every couple days for a few weeks.
After you have rubbed oil all over that wood you will be so pleased with yourself. Forget getting a new and “worn” wooden cutting board fresh from the store. Yours is better. Truly, it is! And, just because you can…add a rope handle. It’s just that much better!
Maybe next month I’ll have something that involves glitter! I truly love glitter as much as wood.
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1 of the Creekside Team says
yep … LOVE the old wood in the kitchen … ESPECIALLY the spoons, spoons, spoons!
Thanks for this tip. My cutting boards are looking pretty shabby and not shabby in a good way. I will try this.
This is a great tip. It will me in the future for my cutting boards.
The cutting board is so pretty! I’ve been wanting a wood one but holding off since your not suppose to cut meat on them. Silly reason I know. Still, very pretty and very handy tips. 🙂
Angela Says: Tips for a Cleaner Home
Timely guest post Ms. Bellie, I have been stock piling cutting boards under my desk in an accidental collection. Now I can also revive them.
I found your blog hunting more about cutting boards, you did a great job on how to revive your cutting boards.
If your not a DIY person, a local woodshop could run the cutting board thru a surface sander and get it cleaned up quickly. They probably wouldn’t charge much. Using mineral oil is perfect but after using the mineral oil I would add a wood conditioner made with mineral oil and beeswax!
I make all types of cutting boards in my shop and also make the wood conditioner! check it out…
Love your site.. thanks for sharing…
Handcrafted Cutting Boards
Wood Conditioner – Mineral Oil and Beeswax
I love these boards I have lots of round boards that I need to repurpose any ideas please
Nice information i have gain many new things about the cutting boards thanks for sharing.
Gina Luker says
You’re so welcome David 🙂
I agree with Michael getting a woodworking store to run it through a big sander will make it much less work. Using mineral oil to revive all your wooden cutting boards is the cheapest and easiest method. Unbelievable what a difference that makes! Wrote a short blog on how to treat your cutting board with mineral oil and you can view it here: https://kitchentine.com/blogs/news/bamboo-chopping-board-care
I love it! Actually, I do have sandpaper. lol. But can you oil it with olive oil or another oil?
Your pics are great too. Thanks for sharing.
Gina Luker says
Thanks so much! Actually they say not to use olive oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil to seal cutting boards. It is highly recommended to use food safe mineral oil.