If there was a person holding me hostage and wouldn’t let me go until I answered a simple question: “What pattern or print would you choose for the rest of your life to decorate your home with?!”
I would quickly say that it’d probably be gingham.
I know what you’re thinking, “Why is there a hostage situation going on and why gingham?”
Well, ya see I love the classic, yet relaxed feel about it. It makes me feel so cozy in our home. That’s what I want our house to feel like: COZY.
I was inspired by my gingham/buffalo check curtains in my house made from table cloths:
(You can see how I did that here)
I wanted to sprinkle that pattern in other places for my house and thought why don’t I carry that same pattern into the kitchen? The idea of a gingham pattern cutting board popped into my head! I love to layer cutting boards for decor in my Kitchen and thought this one would fit nicely. I absolutely love to have them handy because they’re not only cute but functional as well!
(Let me preface this DIY project by saying I’m not planning on eating off of this cutting board or preparing food on it at all. It’s purely for decor purposes.)
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Gingham Pattern Cutting Board Supplies:
- a cutting board (I chose one without a finish)
- acrylic paint colors (one darker color and one lighter color-mine happen to be black and white)
- a multi-purpose sealer
- paint brushes
- water to thin out your paint
- a cup with water and some paper towels to clean your brushes
- painters tape (not pictured)
- something to pour out your paints onto (I love using a paper plate that I can just toss after a project. Easy cleanup!)
1.First, start out with a plain, unfinished cutting board. Feel free to go with any ol’ shape. I loved this one with a handle that I snagged from Homegoods for less than $10:
2.Second, outline where you want your gingham pattern to be and fill it in with your darker color (in my case I chose black). You might need two coats just to make sure your paint color was even.
3. Then, use painters tape and placed where you want the light colored horizontal stripes to go (in my case it was white) and also using the tape size as a spacing guide as well. It was the perfect width to use in between where I wanted my stripes to goal! Bonus, no ruler needed!
4.Next, remove the tape after it dries and place tape in a perpendicular fashion along the cutting board for the last set of stripes. Space out the lines using the tape thickness as a guide again. Once applied, apply paint that is a little watered down to desired thickness. It won’t take much! The reason is that at first, the paint was too thick for me and I could not see any of the black showing through. You want to see a little of that darker color to get that gingham effect! I ended up watering down the paint to be able to see a the darker color showing through a little and it worked like a charm!
5. Finally, Peel off the tape and see if there is any bleeding that occurred because of the watered down paint. Mine did and it looked like this:
BUT don’t freak out. Just touch it up with your darker paint where it bled through. See?
6. Lastly, paint on the sealer so you don’t have to worry about your hard work being ruined. Then you can do things like this😉:
And that’s it! How cute is this gingham pattern cutting board?!