Tuesday, March 3, 2020

how to make a vintage looking breadboard

I am so excited to share this project with you today!

I love thinking up projects in my head and seeing them come to life, and this one turned out just as I had hoped. 

These breadboards are for decorative purposes only, not safe for food use.

Read on if you would like to learn how to make a vintage looking breadboard!

I found this picture on Pinterest and it served as my inspiration.

Here is how I made my own, and how you can too:


One 1x12x6 piece of pine board from the hardware store.

One half pint Varathane wood stain in Dark Walnut.

White paint, I used Simply White by Benjamin Moore. 

Blue paint, I used Inchyra Blue by Farrow And Ball.

Clear chalk paint wax. 

An old candle.

Paint brush.

Paper towels.

Paint scraper.

Painters tape, I used 2" wide tape.

Something to protect your work surface.

Gloves if you'd like to protect your manicure.


Cut your piece of wood into four 18" sections. If you don't have a saw to do this, your hardware store should be able to cut it down for you.


Sand any rough edges off, rounding the corners to give it "age"


Dust off any excess sawdust so you have a smooth clean surface to work with. 


Stain the front and the sides of your wood piece, wiping off excess with a paper towel. Then let dry.


Apply your painters tape in two stripes like as shown in the photo. I used a piece of post it notes to measure in where I wanted the stripes. Use your paint scraper to ensure it is adhered well, especially along the edges. 


Rub the side of a candle in misc. spots over the stain. When you apply your paint, it will not stick to these spots creating a chippy aged look.

STEP 7: 

Lightly apply your white paint to the edges and front. It doesn't have to be perfect, just randomly dry brush it on. Let dry.


Using your paint scraper, scrape off bits of the white paint where the wax was applied. 


Again, apply more wax. I went heavy on the wax this round and really dug into the wood. 

STEP 10:

Apply blue paint to the sides and top. You want this coat heavier than the white coat. Again, it doesn't have to be perfectly applied, the messier the better. I even used the same brush I used for the white paint. Let dry.

STEP 11: 

Using the paint scraper, scrape away the blue paint that didn't stick to the board. You will be revealing some of the white paint and some of the stain now. Really dig into it and scrape away. Do this on the edges as well.

STEP 12:

Remove the painters tape.

STEP 13:

Apply clear wax with a paper towel over the front and edges. Let dry/cure.

STEP 14: 

Flip the boards over and paint the backs with blue paint and let dry. 

You can layer these with your other breadboards in your kitchen, use them as a unique take on placemats, or even hang them on the wall.

I know this was a really long tutorial, and while this project is lengthy, it really is a super simple one to make. 

I hope you try it and please come back tomorrow to see how I am using these in our own home!

Be sure to pin the image below!

xoxo, Melaine 

1 comment:

T said...

LOVE this idea and technique, which can be used for other projects as well. Great explanation and ideas. That shade of blue is lovely!

Question: How long did you let the white paint dry after scraping it before adding blue?

Must try this.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...