Four Ways to Make Mini Shabby Chic Farmhouse Cutting Boards

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One of my first products is the Farmhouse Cutting Board line. I created tiny cutting boards in the shapes of chickens, pigs, cows, and apples. I also engrave them with tiny grooves to make them look like they are made from shiplap.

I just bought a Glowforge laser cutter and I’ve have been having so much fun creating new exclusive products to share with all of you!

They look adorable as is, in unfinished birch wood, but I wanted to get creative and give them a shabby-chic spin!

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Here are 4 different ideas for finishing the Chicken Cutting Board.

All 4 chicken cutting board styles!

Antique White

  1. Paint the board with white chalk paint. I did 2 coats of white chalk paint. Be sure to get the edges as well. Between each coat, use a toothpick to clear excess paint out of the grooves so they remain sharp.
  2. When the chalk paint is dried (about 2 hours), apply a layer of brown wax and then buff it out. This gives it a nice antiqued look. I also applied the wax to the raw wood on the back to make it look a bit more finished.


Dark Stain

  1. Using a small foam brush or spouncer, brush on a layer of dark wood stain. Let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe off the excess with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  2. Repeat the previous step if you want a darker finish.
  3. Use a toothpick to clear stain out of the grooves so that they don’t stay wet.
  4. When dry, wipe on a layer of beeswax or clear creme wax to give the board a light luster.


Gray Wash

  1. Using a small paintbrush, paint on a thick layer of gray pickling wash. Let it soak in for 30 seconds and then wipe off the excess with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  2. Repeat the previous step.


Chippy Red

  1. With a small brush, apply a thick coat of red chalk paint. Use a toothpick to clean the paint out of the board’s grooves.
  2. Let it dry for about 10 minutes and then paint the edges.
  3. After another 10 minutes, apply a second coat to the top of the board.
  4. Let the board dry thoroughly (about 2 hours)
  5. Using a small piece of sandpaper, carefully sand the sides and edges to create a chippy look. Go slowly! You can always remove more paint, but can’t add paint back. Run the edge of the sandpaper down the grooves to weather the front of the board.


Which one do you like best? Do you have other suggestions for fun ways to add paint or stain to our new laser cut products? Let me know in the comments below.
Til’ next time!

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