Cutting Board DIY – Magnolia



Hey there!

When I registered for my wedding a decade ago, I painstakingly picked out a pattern of every day china and selected every serving dish in the set. I wanted everything to match! Back then furniture was selected in units of three or four from the same “look.” I feel like all that has been thrown out the window and now there is nothing “worse” from a design perspective than “matchy-matchy.” Today’s interior and housewares designs integrate character and uniqueness. I thought of this when I saw this link for a DIY cutting board. I actually have plenty of cutting boards (does anyone truly need four cutting boards?), but I loved this idea for a serving platter. I could definitely use some unusual pieces to off-set all the matchy-matchy serving pieces in my possession.

I found this link on Joanna Gaines’ blog, Magnolia Homes.


Cutting boards are not only practical kitchen must-haves, but are also a beautiful way to present food at events or gatherings and make cute gifts.  Transforming an old tree stump into a cutting board is just a matter of cutting the tree stump into slabs and allowing the wood to completely dry or cure. Even if you don’t have a stump on hand, this is a simple project!

cutting board2If you have a stump, cut it into slabs of your size and shape preference and then let the wood dry or cure naturally for a period of about 4 weeks. If you want to expedite drying, you can hurry the process along by drying the slabs in the oven. Just Set the oven  to 200 – 225 degrees, place the wood slab in center rack for approximately 1 hour. Please monitor it closely as long as it is in the oven.

Remove from oven and allow slab to cool completely. Using protective eye gear, sand slab down with a palm sander, sand with coarse (50-grit) paper. Finish sanding with a finer (120-grit) sand paper. Wipe off dust with a cloth.

Use a clean, soft cloth to rub mineral oil or food-safe butcher block conditioner into wood. Let the conditioner soak in for at least 20 minutes; wipe off excess and buff the wood to a nice sheen. Repeat as necessary, applying three to four coats of conditioner to season the surface.

cuttingboard3Make sure you scrape off any loose debris, such as moss off the bark using a stiff-bristle brush. Wipe with cloth or blast with compressed air machine if you have one available.

If you don’t have a tree stump on hand, no worries.


1 Comment

  1. by Kimberly on June 19, 2015  2:43 pm Reply

    I love this idea! Now to try to get Jon on board to help me out ;)

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