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Easy DIY Kitchen Décor - Stenciled Cutting Board

Updated on April 26, 2013

DIY Decorations

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.

Cutting board
Cutting board | Source

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.

Painted cutting board
Painted cutting board | Source

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.

Partially stenciled board
Partially stenciled board | Source

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

My new cutting board wall decor
My new cutting board wall decor | Source

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!


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    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you =)

    • RunningDeer profile image


      6 years ago from Iowa

      You have so many cute ideas. I love DIYs. Voted up and sharing.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Awesome! Thank you for sharing, I really appreciate it. I hope you have fun redecorating your cutting boards!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I always see old cutting boards at second hand stores but am afraid to buy them to use in the kitchen. This, however, would be a GREAT use for them. Awesome ideas! Voted up and more and shared on pin, etc. :)

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! Reading/seeing theraggededge's multimedia painting techniques has changed my world!

    • tammyswallow profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      What a neat project! I love the paint technique used here. It actually looks washed. The nautical touch is nice too. Gorgeous and well done!

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for the complements, prasetio30. I'm glad you enjoyed and appreciate the vote!

    • prasetio30 profile image


      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. We still have more spaces to add another decorative item. You are very talented, my friend. Thanks for share with us. Voted up :-)


    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you, Brair-Rose!

    • Briar-Rose profile image


      6 years ago from Niagara Ontario Canada

      Nice Work!

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I couldn't agree more! Thanks for stopping by, LisaKoski.

    • LisaKoski profile image


      6 years ago from WA

      This looks fun and creative. I love projects made from things that I can't use anymore. It's so much better to find a new use for it rather than just throw it away!

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for stopping by and voting! I appreciate it.

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      Comfort Babatola 

      6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Hello Natashalh, This is beautiful! Great kitchen décor idea. Definitely, Voted Up! Thanks for sharing.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      That's a great idea that hadn't even thought of! Thank you.

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      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Great hub Natasha, i'm sure you had fun making it. maybe you should consider putting all your ideas together for a book or ebook in future?

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you so much, Stessily! When I try to describe my ideas to folks I know, they sometimes give me weird looks. I always tell them, just wait! It will be awesome. I'm really glad to have a place to share my ideas and think its fantastic others can try to put them to use, too.

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      6 years ago

      Natashalh, You have such a wonderful talent for seeing beyond the decrepit, worn-out state and finding the inner beauty of transformation. This latest project is another reminder of the value of looking at an old bicycle seat and handlebars and seeing instead a bull's head, just as Picasso was able to imagine.

      Your creativity is useful and awesome. Up + sharing.

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      James Paterson 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      I love it brightens up your plain old cutting board and makes it a work of art, beautiful thankyou.....jimmy

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you, ishwaryaa22! Your comment was a delight to read first thing in the morning. Thank you for stopping by, commenting, and voting - I really appreciate it.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is a cool DIY idea! Very creative and economical! The paints and stenciling on your kitchen wall art look beautiful! It did look beachy and suited your kitchen décor very well! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a simple, beautiful idea! I love your stencil decoration.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Absolutely! It is so easy to find beat up cutting boards really inexpensively. Thanks for stopping by, teaches.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Yet another creative topic and so easy to do! I love the idea and this would be really inexpensive to do if you just hit those Goodwill and garage sale options.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! I really like how this project is easy enough for anyone but looks great. I'm glad you like it, too!

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      Catherine Taylor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      What a great idea. Simple and cute and easy enough that my kids could do it. Voted up and useful.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! Much appreciated.

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      6 years ago from USA

      This looks like a fun craft idea. Voted it well.


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