Have you ever bid on something on one of those online auctions and when you picked it up you realized why no one else bid on it? That happened to me recently when I won a huge walnut desk for $5. I could barely lift it into my van and though I knew that one of the pull-out shelves was missing, the damaged top was not salvageable because, unlike the rest of the desk, it wasn’t solid wood.
I decided since the rest of the desk was solid wood, I would break it down and use the pieces for various projects. I thought the pull-out shelf would make a great cutting board AND a nice Christmas gift for my step-mom!
She has a few boards that she keeps on her counters for everyday use to keep from damaging the countertops but I thought it would be nice for her to have a cutting board she could use for food prep and serving.
I don’t have the before picture when this block was in the desk. I had taken a few pictures when I got the desk for my Instagram stories. I did find a Good Charlotte poster inside the desk, with words of admiration for the band members written all over it. I think I could write an entire post on the funny and interesting things I have found inside the furniture pieces I have refinished.
I didn’t even remember to take a picture before I started sanding. It had a sticker on the top that looked like it had been there for years. That took a little time to remove and then the belt sander took care of the rest! I used the 80 grit sanding belt from Gator Finishing. It took no time to sand the old finish away. I went back over the surface with a 220 grit sandpaper to smooth it out.
I sprayed the three flat sides and the bottom with Krylon clear acrylic to protect it from moisture and so there wouldn’t be any need to maintain those surfaces with the food-safe oil.
I went with the same food-safe oil I always go with- the Watco Butcher Block oil! I keep this stuff on-hand at all times. I’ve used it for my cutting board, the wood slice serving board (which is one of my most viewed projects), and I use it to refresh the surface of my butcher block. Watco always gives my wood surfaces a nice finish and it’s easy to reapply any time I need to.
What a difference it made with this surface! So pretty! I didn’t add any stain to it. The oil did the job and brought out the beauty in the wood!
I applied a total of three coats just to give it a little extra oil, though two coats usually do just fine. I also put some cork bumpers on the bottom so it wouldn’t scratch against the countertops and since cork is water resistant. I wanted water resistant surfaces on the sides and the bottom because she’ll be wiping down the top after use and it just makes sense in a kitchen, where moisture is present.
The best part about this project was seeing how excited my Stepmom was to receive it! She always enjoys the gifts we make by hand and she’s very special to me so I was just thrilled to give it to her.
Thanks to our New Years Eve festivities, I had the opportunity to photograph the board using the foods we were serving that evening. It kind of blends with our farmhouse table so the surface of the cutting board doesn’t stand out much in these pictures, but it looks nice all ready for serving fruit, cheese, and crackers!
The pull on the end is neat and gives it character. At least it proves that it really did come from a desk since I don’t have any before pictures! haha.
I did test out the surface after the oil was dry. I took a knife and chopped it around the board and glided the blade across the surface…it’s solid! I think this will make a great cutting AND serving board for my Stepmom. It will also make a great conversation piece!