Wooden chopping boards. They’re an absolute necessity in my kitchen. A couple of years ago, when I had to replace the old one, I bought two cheap Ikea chopping boards. They may not be the best chopping boards around, but I loved them even so. They did the job, and did it well.
Over time, however, the chopping boards became worn. Not a little, but a lot.
There were cuts and splinters, and I was already beginning to fear I had to throw them out and replace them, when I thought of something else.
I’d been working with wood a lot last summer. I bought myself a nice little sander and got quite a few sanding jobs done. What if I got my sander out again? Couldn’t I just sand the chopping boards and give them a second life?
As I was still mulling this idea over in my mind, I read this blog post on The Shabby Creek Cottage on how to revive old cutting boards. Now I was sure. If this Gina could do it, then there was no reason why I couldn’t, right?
But still, I put it off. There were always other things that needed to be done. The dishes, the laundry, grocery shopping, courses, home education… The list is endless. And even when in reality I didn’t really get all that much done, I still pretended I’d been busy. (Yeah, right. Wasting time on Facebook and Pinterest.)
Today I decided I’d done enough loitering. I cleaned up the larger of the two chopping boards and got out my trusty sander.
Then I sanded. And I sanded some more, and then still some more. I spent half the afternoon – I kid you not! – sanding that poor, neglected chopping board.
When I was done, my entire body was vibrating, but my chopping board was smooth.
No more cuts and splinters, and I even smoothed the edges to give them that soft, distressed look.
When I was happy with my work so far, I put away my tools, wiped the sawdust from the board, and took it back inside. I got a bottle of white mineral oil out of the cupboard under the stairs, and poured some onto the board. I found a soft cloth and wiped the excess off. With oily hands, I turned the chopping board and applied oil to the other side as well – and wiped off the excess with my soft cloth.
The results are quite stunning. Look at the difference between my treated chopping board and its untreated little sister!
Even though I may have cursed myself once or twice – or perhaps a little more often – while sanding this little beauty, I now think it was worth all the effort. I’m so happy with how it came out.
Here’s a close-up of the softened edges.
Gorgeous, even if I say so myself. I’m head-over-heels in love with my chopping board all over again. So here’s another picture.
Just because I can.