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DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board with Heat Gun

No matter what the occasion,’tis the season for munching. Whether it’s for holidays, birthdays, family gatherings, or just in honor of fun, who doesn’t love to be greeted by a smorgasbord of yummiliciousness? Food brings folks together, makes us smile, and is a treat to prepare with those we love gathering ’round. Today, I’m eager to share with you a reclaimed wood project utilizing a fun and easy method to create a DIY paint pour charcuterie board. Check out my loot…

Stack of Reclaimed Boards for DIY Charcuterie Board | prodigalpieces.com

A few years back (too many to count) my husband found these in the trash at his workplace. {{gasp}} We’re looking at solid, thick, and gorgeous pine that is waaaay too good to throw away, right?!?  I mean, check out that routed edge.

Beveled Reclaimed Board Edge on DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board | prodigalpieces.com

However, they’ve sat tucked away in my workshop because I was saving them for a special project for my kids. Unfortunately, the fact that it appears we are not moving to the country anytime before my kids all grow up, so I am giving them up for this new project. Let’s get started!

DIY TIME

First, let’s have a little history lesson. What is charcuterie? BTW… you can pronounce it with a French accent: shar-koo-ter-y.  The original translation of the word means “pork butcher shop” as the first charcuterie boards were filled with curated meats and cheese. However, in modern day they are filled with nuts, fruits, breads, olives. YUM! I’m the kinda gal that says fill it with what you love.

Okay, back to our DIY fun. I need to remove that blucky orange finish. I whip out my sander and have at it in the balmy 32° since I have no heat in my workshop…still.

Sanding Reclaimed Pine Boards | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by Wagner (see full disclosure for details)

Anyhoo, it sands up beautifully and I can bring it in to warm up for the next paint pouring fun. If you’ve never tried your hand at this technique before (like moi…ahem), you’re in for a real treat. Paint pouring allows your creative juices to flow. Not only is it a fun kinda messy, but it’s also relaxing too. Here’s what we need to get our pour on:

Tools & Supplies
  • Wagner HT400 Craft Kit
  • your choice of acrylic paint (either pre-mixed or regular craft paint)
  • paint pour medium (only if you’re not using pre-mixed paint pour paints)
  • paint pour topcoat (optional)
  • stir sticks (or popsicle sticks)
  • cups for mixing medium and paint
  • solid wood board
  • feet for board (optional, but fun)
  • drill/drill bits
  • screws to attach feet
  • a pan or cardboard to catch spills
  • scrap wood

DecoArt Paint Pouring Medium and Topcoat for DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

STEP 1

Ready to get started? First, follow the directions on the paint pour medium to get your base color ready. When mixing the paint and medium, we’re after a consistency of milk – a nice flow but not too runny. Add more medium if mixture is too thick. Likewise, add more paint if mixture is too runny.

Pour Paint Medium Mixing for DIY Charcuterie Board | prodigalpieces.com

STEP 2

Now, set up your board on scrap wood over a pan or cardboard so it can catch the excess. Then, take your paint mixture and begin pouring. While there is no law about where to place your paint, you want to aim for an accent feature so that you leave most of the wood bare for food. Also, it’s appealing to use a natural line in a free-form motion when you pour. Use a liberal amount, but not so much you’re losing most of it off the board. I only pour over the corner of my charcuterie board for a sweet accent. After you pour, tip up the board to run off most of the excess and let it flow over the edge.

Paint Pouring White Paint on Charcuterie Board | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

STEP 3

Next, this is when you can add your other colors. Feel free to have fun with it! For me, I’m going for a marbling effect with simple ripples. My choice of accent is gold, but I’ll add a fun touch in a minute.

Paint Pouring Gold Paint for Marbling Effect | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

STEP 4

Last, when you’ve poured to your heart’s content, you want to grab that awesome Wagner HT400 Heat Gun and the flare nozzle included in your craft kit. Notice the kit comes with two nozzles, and a heat resistant pad. Plus, it can be used freestanding!

Wagner HT400 Craft Kit Heat Gun used by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Wagner HT400 Flare Nozzle | prodigalpieces.com

Then use the heat gun to pass over it  moving the paint into a design while at the same time it brings out bubbles to aid in a perfect pour. Win-win! This tools is handy for many things in baking, gift wrapping, home repair, and even in crafts like my resin necklaces (SEE HERE)

Wagner Heat Gun for DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board by Larissa | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s at this point, I want to add a little bling-bling, so I sprinkle gold glitter into my paint. Finally, at this point, we want to let our wood and paint cure. It can take up to 24 hours to set and up to 72 hours to fully cure, so keep that in mind.

STEP 5

Meanwhile, we want to work on the other elements of our DIY paint pour charcuterie board. That means I need to add the feet mentioned before. This will give the board a lift (literally) and also make it more functional for cleaning. Also, consider adding handles/pulls for added function. For the feet, you can use scrap wood, actual small feet, or even repurpose knobs. I’m using up my stash for my creation. In order to do that I need to pre-drill with a spot for counter-sinking a screw head.

Counter-Sunk Wooden Knob for DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As you can see, my knobs are already painted red from my boys’ bedroom remodel and need to be updated to coordinate my colors. So, I use a dowel and dip them into the same paint as I used for the gold accents.Then, I allow them to cure on a wire rack. Finally, we add a natural oil like hemp or grapeseed oil or 100% beeswax to finish the natural part of our board. In addition, the board can be wiped clean with a soft damp cloth and oiled when needed to keep it supple.

Dipping Knob in Gold Paint | prodigalpieces.com

THE YUMMY REVEAL

At long last we can finally sit back and enjoy the yummiliciousness of our labor. {{happy dance!!}} You know I had a pack of wolves (aka. children) just waiting for me to be done staging this. I can’t blame them!

Farmhouse Style DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board as Centerpiece by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #charcuterie #cheeseboard #holidays #centerpiece

Reclaimed Wood DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board for Entertaining Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #entertaining #diy #handmade #reclaimed #food

As you can imagine, this particular size DIY paint pour charcuterie board for my crew of 8 doesn’t last long. With that in mind, you can create a board as long as your table if you want. The options are limitless, really. If you like those salami or pepperoni roses, those are easy to whip up. Simply use a jar to fold the pieces overlapping over each other…

How to Make a Charcuterie Board Rose out of Salami or Pepperoni by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #food #nomnom #crafts

DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board Salami Rose | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #food #entertaining #holidays #newyears

Doesn’t it look lovely next to the marbled paint pour? And it’s delicious too! This setting is perfect for any holiday, birthday, or just-because day.Closeup of DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #giftideas #food

DIY Table Centerpiece Charcuterie Board with all the trimmings by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #centerpiece #diy #food

Additionally, here’s a closeup peek of the feet and the oiled wood. If you look close, you can see I used bits of felted wool from my refashioned sweaters as pads. Did you hear that? My belly is rumbling…hungry!

Closeup Corner of DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #food #holidays #giftidea

Corner of DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board Created by Larissa of Prodigal PIeces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #food #entertaining #nomnom

If you don’t have the grum-bellies yet, you’re not normal. just sayin’. tsk. With that, you need to create one of these or purchase one from my online shop.

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    Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Dining Table ~ $250

DIY Handmade Charcuterie Board from Reclaimed Wood by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #charcuterie #food #nomnom

GIVEAWAY TIME

Wagner, and I are always wanting to assist you in your own DIY adventures. We are giving away a HT400 Craft Kit so you can create too. Merry Christmas!! All you need to do is fill out the widget below for as many entries as you like – daily even. Giveaway open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Also, winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim the prize. Be sure to check your spam!

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In addition to leaving some comment love, do pin and share my DIY paint pour charcuterie board to inspire others to create too.

Serve up in style and please your guests with this DIY Paint Pour Charcuterie Board from Reclaimed Wood by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #woodworking #diy #food #yummy #holiday #entertaining

Up next, I’m a sucker for tufted things, what can I say…see it NOW!!

Vintage Tufted Bench Before in Thrift Store | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    So elegant!! These would make great Christmas gifts!! Way to go!!! You’re a great elf!!
    💕🎁💕🎄💕🤶🏻

  2. Diane Wolf says

    This is absolutely stunning! I would love to try this myself, creating beautiful pieces is so enjoyable and rewarding!

    • Larissa says

      You are so right. Creating helps relieve stress and is always fun. Thanks!

  3. Holly says

    I love the addition of knobs as feet! Way to use up your stash! MERRY CHRISTMAS, to you and yours!😊

  4. Deb T says

    Love it! Turned out beautiful!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you! I’ve decided I need one of these each day. haha.

  5. Shelley says

    So pretty! I love that you left as much “bare” wood as you did.

    I’ve seen this type of art before but didn’t realize that it was food safe.

  6. MaryAnn Smith says

    I’d create! I would use it for some woodworking projects that I have going.

  7. Diana says

    Another wonderful project!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Diana. 😀 Fun to try this technique and use my hottie tool too.

  8. Melanie says

    Great project! I love it!

  9. Jane says

    Great Idea! I’m gonna try that paint pour. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! Thank you for the. Chance to win this wonderful tool. I have been wanting to try the paint pour. That salami rose is something else. So pretty. I dont think there is anything you cannot do.

    • Larissa says

      aww…thanks so much, Cheryl. I would love to send send the heat gun kit to all of you…truly!

  11. Fran says

    So beautiful!!! Love your creativity. Thanks so much for the paint pour lesson!

  12. Carol Clark says

    I do some sort of kitchen shelves

  13. Maria J. Howard says

    Seems easy enough to make. Love it

  14. christina hicks says

    Darn! your so creative, I know how much you love it, never stop, even when your old. Thanks for your inspiration. also thanks for the the givaway.

    • Larissa says

      You totally get me, Christina. I do hope God allows me to continue. I thank him for use of my hands, my eyes, my feet, and brain…so precious. Thank you!

  15. Deirdre Breau says

    I have been wanting to try a paint pour project and this is a great one to do.

  16. Susan Skidmore says

    To bad I don’t have the wood. This is a great idea. Love it.

    • Larissa says

      Look on Craigslist or similar places (even the curb) as I’m always finding someone who wants to unload. 🙂

  17. Toni says

    Pretty tricky. I love it!

  18. Melissa Storms says

    I love your board, with and without food. It is always so impressive the projects you see in what others would not. I would use this to emboss a wooden tray I have,

    • Larissa says

      OOh…I love that idea. Sucker for trays here! Thank you, Melissa.

  19. Cindy Brannon says

    Love your page, ideas, and give aways!! ❤

  20. Moe Vann says

    Pretty cool lil heat gun!

    • Larissa says

      Right? So handy for so many things. You’ve gotta try it!

  21. susan says

    Is there anything you can’t do? 😂😂. Love this!

    • Larissa says

      Aww…thanks for making me smile, Susan. I needed that. 🙂

  22. Kimberly Westby says

    Wow, so many projects where one could do that paint technique on. Maybe natural wood and gold on a dresser, you’ve got me thinking !

    Kim

  23. Marie B. says

    Now that’s adding some class to a charcuterie board! These would make such lovely Christmas gifts. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas, Larissa! xo

    • Larissa says

      Making these always send my stomach rumbling for yummy! Thanks so much, Marie. Back at ya – Merry Christmas!

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