Once upon a time I found a small old chopping board. It had a metal handle and was worn and grimy. So, I did what any self respecting DIY/crafter would do. I took it home and gave it a makeover.
First I sanded it to get rid of the stains and make it pretty again.
Then I experimented with transfering images. I tried various methods I found on Pinterest but to be honest, none of them worked very well. For one thing, what on earth is freezer paper? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in a supermarket in Australia… Freezer bags, yes, but paper? No. And transfer paper? I asked at Spotlight and they had no idea what I was talking about. Wax paper? We’ve been looking for what I remember mom using way back when me and Noah were kids, but I haven’t seen it around for a long time.
I used a sheet of laminating paper, printed out this image and – ooops. Not exactly right.
So, I sanded it again, got rid of the image, then, while I was at it, cut the metal handle off. I drilled two holes into the board to thread through a rope to hang it with.
Then I tried the image transfer again. This time I added in some type to make it a proper sign. You can see the transfer wasn’t perfect.
I touched it up with a sharpie and it came up great. I gave it a couple of coats of water based satin varnish, then gave it a little sand to finish it off.
I used a vinegar/steel wool solution to age the wood a bit (another Pinterest tip).
Not bad. I kinda liked it.
Then, while photographing I had a sudden inspiration. Those burlap flowers I made last week! I think they add that certain je ne sais quoi, don’t you?
I’m pretty pleased with it!
So what do you think? Keep? Sell locally or esty shop?