Easy DIY Kitchen Décor - Stenciled Cutting Board
Kitchen wall art is difficult to find. Unless you love the season's most popular trends, it can be tricky to find something that is kitchen-appropriate and fits in the (frequently) limited wall space available. This tutorial shows you how to transform an unused cutting board in to a personalized piece of wall art. The project is low cost and easy. It t doesn't matter if you have never painted or made a decoration before in your life - you can still design and create your own home decor.
What you Need to Stencil
Materials Needed to Decorate Cutting Board
This craft is the perfect way to upcycle an old, worn out cutting board. As you can see in the picture to the right, my cutting board was very worn, and even cracked. Any wood cutting board will work, but make sure to pick one with at least one hole or handle if you want to hang it.
Craft paints are another must-have. Acrylic craft paints are easy to find in craft stores or online and can be purchased for less than $1 a bottle. You also need some way of spreading the paint on to the board. You can use a brush, sponge, or even a piece of plastic. However, if you want to stencil, you do need either a flat-bristled brush or a sponge to apply the paint.
Finally, you need some sort of additional decorative element. I cannot draw, so I chose to purchase Martha Stuart's Nautical stencils to match the rest of my beachy décor. You can use stencils, make a collage, draw, or whatever else you would like - it's your board! However, this tutorial focuses on using stencils because they are an easy way for people of all ages and artistic skill levels to make high-quality home decorations.
Paint the Cutting Board
First, unless you are the world's tidiest painter, protect your work space with a piece of plastic. I used a plastic bag, and it worked perfectly. Then, before you even think about opening a bottle of paint, develop a plan. Decide what paint colors you want to use and how you want to decorate the board. Place your stencils on the board to see how various designs would look.
After you have a plan, apply your base paint colors. I used two different blues as my primary colors, and applied them using a technique described by theraggededge in her hub called "Techniques for Mixed Media Layering." She advises cafters to apply a layer of paint and, while it is still wet, scrape a second color of paint across it with an old credit card. I painted the board dark blue by applying some paint and scraping it short-way across the board's width with an unused store bonus card. Then, I applied the lighter blue paint and scraped it lengthwise, down the board. Finally, I used a spray bottle with very watered down white paint to mist the board and give it a whitecap/sea foam appearance. The board's look fits my kitchen décor perfectly, but you should use colors and a paint application process that meshes with your décor. If you are not familiar with applying and layering paint, theraggededge's hub is fantastic.
How to Stencil
After allowing your base coat to dry, you are ready to stencil. Stenciling is easy, but you must hold the stencil firmly in place to prevent it from slipping. You can tape it in place with painters tape or, for a small design using only one color of paint, hold it securely with your non-dominat hand. When you stencil, you should either use a flat-bottomed brush or an art sponge. Either way, tap straight up and down. If you brush in strokes, you run the risk of forcing paint under the stencil and ruining the design.
Once you have applied the paint, carefully peel the stencil away from the board so you do not smudge the design. Finally, clean the stencil immediately with a paper towel or by running it under water. If you do not clean it and use it again on the same project, you will probably accidentally smear wet paint somewhere unwanted. Also, make sure to let a newly-painted design dry before using the stencil again. This eliminates the risk of setting the stencil down on top of earlier design elements, which could smudge them.
If you are unfamiliar with how to stencil, watch the video below. I made it while stenciling a different project, so you will not see the cutting board, but the technique is exactly the same.
How to Stencil
Kitchen Wall Decoration
Your Very Own Kitchen Wall Décor
After you apply your last stenciled design, you are finished! Just make sure to let all the paint dry before hanging it in your kitchen. For just a few dollars of supplies, you can turn an unwanted cutting board into a cute piece of kitchen wall décor with any colors and designs you like. Mine happens to be beachy, but you could easily use stencil and stamps to create seasonal décor - I've seen some pretty cute pumpkin stamps in the store! Because they are easy to make, but look fantastic, decorated cutting boards could also make good personalized gifts for friends and family.
I hope you enjoy this project and please let me know if you have any questions!