Repurposed Cutting Boards ~ DIY Fun

One of the classic pieces used in farmhouse style is the wooden cutting boards, particularly antique ones. However, modern day style cutting boards still get used and wore out, but maybe aren’t quite in a good state to use in your decor. Today, I’d like to show how I gave these repurposed cutting boards a whole new lease on life. Let’s get our DIY on, shall we? {{high five}}

Worn Out Cutting Board about to get new life |

As I mentioned earlier this week in my doll cradle post, wooden items at the thrift store or garage sales are always some of the first things I peruse. It’s a veritable potluck of potential. First, let’s start with this small one you see above.

Ryobi Jigsaw to Cut Wooden Cutting Board by Prodigal Pieces |

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It was broken and very worn, but…made of wood, so the sky’s the limit. I sketched on an outline of a cow and used my jigsaw to cut it out.

Creating Farmhouse Decor with Thrifted Finds by Prodigal Pieces |

My stash always holds fun reclaimed boards of various styles and age. It makes what I do fun! It just so happens I found the perfect piece of oak barn siding to help me create the rustic farmhouse sign I had envisioned.

Since the cow shape didn’t use up all the wood, I decided to make a few toys for my three youngest. One of my favorite things to do as a mom is to make handmade goodies for my crew of 6 and surprise them with them in the morning at their seat at the table. Out of my scrap I made a turtle, mouse, and snake with beaded eyes. They love their little surprises!

Cutout Wooden Toy Animals made from Repurposed Cutting Board by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

As for the sign, I created my text on the computer and then used my transfer method to put it on the reclaimed wood. Nothing better than farm fresh milk, right?

Reclaimed Wood Farm Fresh Milk Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces using Repurposed Cutting Boards |

We do get our milk straight from the cow weekly and is one of our favorite treats. You can beat the fresh cream and the ice cream we make from it. Yummy!

My sign has the rustic farmhouse style I love with a bit of whimsy. By simply using my nailer to tack on the repurposed cutting board and adding hand-painted text, plus a hanger on the back, it now has a whole new life.

Farmhouse Style Reclaimed Barn Wood Milk Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Time for the second, larger cutting board. woot! This one was a solid piece that still had much life in it. First order of business was to sand it down with my Corner Cat. I love how this little sander is portable, but also helps me get into the tightest of spaces.

Sanding Cutting Board with Ryobi Corner Cat by Prodigal Pieces |

After sanding it done, I decided to take this board to a new level. Digging into my stash once again led me to find a set of four remnant drawer knobs. I used my spray paint to give them a few coats of a Satin Black.

Spray Painting Repurposed Cutting Board feet with RustOleum Satin Black |

While the spray paint was curing, I set about to add some whimsy to this board too. These repurposed cutting boards are getting the new life I was after. tee hee! Again, using my transfer method, I was able to easily get my text on with my paint brush.

Creating a Hand-Painted Repurposed Cutting Board Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

My text cured and then I added a few topcoats of a poly to seal it all in. Next, I added the feet and a couple of pulls to the side to create this fun farmhouse style serving tray.

Wooden Serving Tray with Farmhouse Style, "Life is Better on the Farm" by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Rustic Farmhouse Handles Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

It has function and charm, and makes for a great multipurpose addition to kitchen decor. Use it to corral your daily grind goodies, or to serve up your guests in style. It even works as a fun centerpiece or art leaning on your backsplash.

Upcycled Cutting Board with "Life is Better on the Farm" Typography. DIY rustic decor at

The added knob feet give it a lift and make it nice for layering too.

Footed Wooden Serving Tray made from Repurposed Cutting Boards | Farmhouse Style Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

So…I have to ask…which of these two repurposed cutting boards is your favorite project? I had fun with both of them and hope you are inspired to give your old boards a second look or even snag some on your next junkin’ adventure.

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Rustic Farmhouse Style Footed Serving Tray made from a Repurposed Cutting Board by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Just for fun, here are a few other cutting boards I’ve given new life to as well. This fun sign always makes me LOL. You can purchase it from my shop as well.

Repurposed Cutting Board Sign with Pegs. Whimsical kitchen decor available at Prodigal Pieces |

This sign has sold, but reminds me of one of my favorite sayings in the kitchen.

Cutting Board Wall Art ~ Give Us This Day our Daily Bread |

This small cutting board set makes for fun wall art too and is available in my shop. There are endless was to use these fun finds.

Let's Eat Repurposed Cutting Board Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces |

Do pin and share these repurposed cutting boards because you know everyone out there either has one or has run across one at one time or another. They just need a new life.

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Up next, this cutie of a mini dresser caught my eye at the thrift store and even has a sweet surprise for you. Plus, a whole new look! See the mini reveal HERE.

Mini Dresser Music Box Before |

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  • ColleenB.~ Tx.

    Since last week when you showed them boards, I couldn’t wait to see what you had done to them..
    I have an obsession with bread boards, as they are the first thing I look for when I go to thrift stores.
    Love your bread boards as they are like no udder. Using up all the scrap of wood; I Also like the cute little toys that you sawed out for your kids; something new and fun to play with.
    Great job all the way around.
    Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend

    June 21, 2018 at 6:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are such fun to find since they come in so many sizes. I have used them in many ways and this set of two made it fun to create. Thanks so much, Colleen!

      June 21, 2018 at 7:23 am Reply
  • Bonnie Hipps

    I am always amazed at what you come up with. You have truly been blessed with a God given talent and use it to your full potential. My favorite is the second one( love the first one also but, I have a thing with handles) Happy Summer to you and family.

    June 21, 2018 at 2:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’ve made my day, Bonnie! Thank you so much. Fun for me to share and do. Same to you!

      June 21, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Laura Forehand

    Great Ideas! I have two thrift store finds like these, and now I have new projects for the weekend…Thanks! 😉

    June 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo! That’s what it’s all about. Thank you, Laura. 😀

      June 21, 2018 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, what fun and useful transformations!!! I love cows, so I am loving your sign, but who can’t use a fabulous tray! I love how you surprised your children too, yay!

    June 21, 2018 at 2:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a kindred spirit, Kaycee. Cows have always had a special place in my heart. Thank you!

      June 21, 2018 at 9:32 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Love the makeovers to the cutting boards. You’ve inspired me to want to go thrifting for one. I especially love the tray. Great job!

    June 22, 2018 at 10:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You go girl! They are fun to find because they’re always unique. Happy hunting!

      June 22, 2018 at 2:13 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Those came out so cute! I love the cow!

    June 25, 2018 at 12:20 pm Reply
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