November is here and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s also time to reveal the latest project I created for The Good Life Blog , which is the DIY/Fashion/Upcycling blog affiliated with my local Goodwill stores. But since my own blog is a chronicle of everything I make, I also post these monthly projects here.
Anyway, with the holidays on my mind, I wanted to create something decorative but also functional for entertaining guests. But I’m not too keen on spending a lot of money right before Christmas. So, what’s an upcycling girl to do? Go to Goodwill of course! With home décor on my mind, I spied this beat up kitchen cutting board on the shelf during a recent thrifting adventure.
I won’t lie to you- it didn’t look all that great in person. BUT…I knew it had potential. A little TLC could transform it into something to show off; I could just feel it in my DIY-loving heart. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
From Cutting Board to Tray
The first thing I did was clean it and then Jon sanded down the top with an orbital sander– to remove the stains and the cut marks from all the chopping it had endured. And just like that, it already looked ten times better!
Once the sanding was done and the sawdust have been cleaned away, I gave it a few coats of wood stain to give it that rustic, vintage farmhouse look that I love. Think salvaged barnwood…without the pricetag!
I tell you what- this is my favorite stain and that’s why. Great color!
Once the stain had dried, I gave the entire thing a coat of polyacrylic (any sealant would do) and gathered a couple of inexpensive door handles (i.e., screen door pulls).
The Big Reveal
Are you ready for the big reveal? The old cutting board has been repurposed into a trendy tray!
It’s the perfect tray to set out on a coffee table for coasters, drinks, snack bowls, etc. And bonus points- it’ll keep your Thanksgiving guests from leaving cold drink glasses on your good furniture!
How’s that for a budget-friendly, on-trend project that anyone can do?? What a transformation!
Don’t forget to check out the original post on The Good Life Blog!!
Craft on…and Happy Thanksgiving!