Don’t you love it when an idea hits you and that smack in the head leads to something fun? It will be the oddest moment at times that it strikes, or it will be in a flash. That’s what keeps DIY interesting, challenging, and a delight to do. What you see below is a hot mess initially (pun intended), but this upcycled wooden trivet is getting some love.
I’ve actually had this for a few years tucked away in my kitchen cupboards waiting to use it. However, after my spring purge, I have never used it, so it heads to my potential project pile.
At first glance, you see a butcher block style trivet that has burn marks, grease, and all-around wear. No problemo!
First, I am clueless what to do with it for a time. It’s a basic butcher-block style walnut that has gorgeous potential. However, the shape has me kinda looking at it cross-eyed. Sometimes, I post a before in my previous post so that I’m challenged to rework whatever I’m stuck on. Then, that forces me to really mull it over and have at it.
After this, as soon as the perfect idea hit me, my wheels take off and I’m out in my workshop ready to roll. I begin by grabbing my builder’s square and find center of the trivet.
Not only does this give me an idea of the amount of space I have to work with, but also give me starting point. What is more, I take a piece of scrap paper cut in the likeness of this trivet so I can cut the paper before I cut the wood. Likewise, I figure out the angles I need to cut and put the wood under my miter saw chopping block.
Last, but not least, I make one more cut to come up with this…no waste here!
Finally, after sanding all the pieces, I use wood glue and my nailer to assemble and finish my creation.
Afterward, I add some “junk” embellishments from my stash, here’s my upcycled wooden trivet turned heart.
At first glance, you can see the heart with scrap on top being featured. Furthermore, you can see the metal knob from my recent antique dresser redo. Also, there’s the vintage letter tiles from my thoughtful friend I first used HERE.
So, tell me…did you see that coming? I’d love to hear your ideas for the trivet. Additionally, maybe you can find your own and give it a try! In the meantime, you can find this heart and more in my online store.
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Stephanie Harris says
So lovely. A bit of love is always needed.
You are so right. Hugs!
You continue to amaze me! Couldn’t imagine what you were going to come up with! Love it! Happy Mother’s Day!
How fun to hear!! You’re awesome to say so, Susan. Thanks so much and same to you!
I have two of those boards! 😄 (Mine and the one I originally gave to my mother.) They are French bread cutting boards I purchased from a woodworker at a craft festival many years ago in Wisconsin. The different wood types in them are beautiful. Perhaps one of them is ready for a new purpose… 🤔
Thank you for all your creative inspiration! 💕
Good to know! haha. I told the kids a trivet but said it looked like a cutting board, so we went with that because of the pot marks on it. Fun!
Mary Loveland says
Good job, I like the sentiment.
Thanks! It has a couple inferences…be still my heart or from God…be still. 🙂
I did Not see this coming !! Great design using diagonal cuts. I enjoy your carpentry skills 🙂
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! I have such fun sharing what I do.
Be still my heart!! Or, you know, Be still and know…either way it’s cute. It’s always fun to see what you come up with. I was gone from Wednesday until yesterday-on the road for 9 hours yesterday. 😖 So I just got around to looking in. Sadly I won’t be on to see what you’re up to tomorrow either. Have a great week Larissa!!
Yes! You got the double meaning. 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by.