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!