July 23, 2012

Antique Chopping Board Transfer

We recently bought a small and cute wooden chopping board at a local dollar store and I thought the perfect way to decorate it was with the method of image transfer.  As a chopping board is a kitchen/restaurant utensil, I chose the antique graphics in the same related theme and here it is the finished project:

The graphics are from one my favorite books of Dover Publications about “Old Advertisement Cuts” which I love very much.

I simulated a stripped awning of a French café by painting it with acrylic paints in red and white colors; and transferred the “Beurres & Fromages” (Butter and Chesse) vintage sign on top.

The transfer was done very easy in 24 hours with the wonderful Mod Podge.

The materials for this project are:

  • Wooden chopping board or any other wood surface you want to work with
  • Brush, sanding paper & pencil
  • Liquid Gesso
  • Acrylic Paints:  White, cream white and red
  • Mirror prints of the selected graphics to be transferred
  • Mod Podge
  • Container with water and a cloth
Step by Step:

1. Prepare the surface.  Sand it softly and give 1-2 coats of liquid gesso.   Once the liquid gesso is dry, sand it softly again to get a smooth surface.

2. Paint 1-2 coats of the cream white acrylic paint to the whole surface.

3. Draw with the pencil the stripes of the café awning and paint them with white & red acrylics.

4. Print or photocopy the graphics in mirror image on regular bond paper.  Mines were printed directly from a HP laser (toner base) black and white printer and worked out very good.

5.  Cut the paper as close to the edge of the graphic as possible, so once the transfer is done, you have less paper to remove around the edges.  Add the Mod Podge to the front of the image or graphic, where the ink is printed and glue them to the area where you want the transfer to be done.  Remove any bubbles and let it dry completely for 24 hours; do not touch it in between.

6.  Wet your fingers deeply in water and pass them on top of the glued graphics, the paper will get wet and you will be able to remove it little by little leaving behind only the ink that has been transferred.  Do it very softly, with care and lot of patient and remove the excess of water with a cloth.  You may have to repeat this process 3-4 times until you feel there is no more paper left and only the transferred ink remains.

7. Once all the paper is fully removed from the surface, let it dry and apply 2 coats of Mod Podge in the entire project to preserve it and protect it; and viola!! your beautiful transfer is finished.  Note: This wooden chopping board is for decorative purposes only; it should not be used in the kitchen as a real utensil.     

This project is very easy to do and in just few steps you get to make a simple but yet very cute decorations for your kitchen in the antique looking style.  Hang it on the wall or keep it as a decorative element on top of a shelf. 

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Every week we have the honor and pleasure to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating.  They are not in any particular order, just from the oldest till the most recent one I started participating on:

Brag Monday @ The graphics Fairy  
Vintage style link party @ Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff  
Link party @ The Girl Creative 
Making Monday marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.  
Boggieboard Cottage @ Masterpiece Monday 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life  
Meet me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ Craft O Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus  
The Cure for the Common monday @  Lines Across
Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss
Mom's Monday Mingle @ The Naptime Review
Made with love @ Colours Dekor 
Get your craft on @ Today'screative blog 
Knick of Time tuesday @ Knick of Time 
Tell it to me Tuesday @ Creatively Living 
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z  
Cowgirl up Linky Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner 
Be inspired link party @ Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm @ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking 
Take the Time to Challenge @ Raising 4 Princesses 
Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able @ Project Queen
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Linking Pary @ Passionately Artistic
Take a look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee crafts 
Open Call Tuesdays @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our Delightful Home 
Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvysouthern style 
Primp your stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Share the love @ http://verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com
It's a Party @ DIY by Design 
Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts 
What is it Wednesday @ http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy man, crafty woman 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
Waste Not want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK 
What We Wore and Made Wednesdays @ Rae Gun Ramblings
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild  
Wednesdays Adorned from Above Blog Hop @ Adorned from Above
Catch as Catch Can @ http://www.myrepurposedlife.net
Open House Party @ No MinimalistHere
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Hookin' up with @ House of Hepworths
Time Travel Thrusday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
20 Below Thrusday @ Cristinas Adventures
Home and Garden Thrusday @ A Delightsome Life 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Share your cup Thrusday @ Have a daily cup of Mrs. Olson   
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspirational Friday @ At the picket Fence 
Do something Crafty @ See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature @ Redoux Interiors 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
Look at Me I'm so Crafty @  Fun to Craft
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage   
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Rustic Restorations Weekend Linky Party @ Homespun Happenings  
Feture Friday Linky Party @ Blissful and Domestic
Garden Fun & Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme
Weekend Show off Party @ Ladybird Ln 
Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter 
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different act Normal
Site Nite special @  Funky Junk Interiors 
Get schooled Saturday @ Too much time on my hands
Scrappy Saturday @ CandaceCreations
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog 
What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 
Sunday Round Up @ Heather & Kayla

Have a wonderful week, 



  1. This is very pretty, Erika, and I appreciate your step-by-step directions. I will have to give this a try!

  2. very cool thanks for the post

  3. Super cute! I love that you made your own vintage cutting board. I never think to redo cutting boards. Smart. This would look so cute in a b&w toile themed kitchen! Found you through Home Stories A to Z link party. xoxo

  4. That looks great, Erika... I like your awning, it's very original!

  5. what a cool project it turned out really nice. I am your newest follower from the Moms Monday Mingle blog hop

  6. Great tutorial! New follower from the mingle, would love a follow back www.cumminslife.blogspot.com

  7. Hi, I just discovered your blog on Knick of Time. I'm now following. I can't wait to explore your blog more!

    Have a wonderful week!


  8. Thanks for the post and to be honest I just found about your blog through the Simply Link Party.

    Love and Whimsy

  9. I love it. It turned out great! Your newest follower from Whatever You Want Wed. :)

  10. hi, i'm following the welcome wednesday blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it


    new follower bev

  11. Beautiful tutorial!

  12. The awning is perfect! Great idea! What a neat graphic. I have enjoyed your graphic projects! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  13. Love it! Great job and your tutorial is 1st class.

  14. Gorgeous! I just love the pop of red and the sweet vintage graphic.. it would be darling in my red, black and white kitchen!
    Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  15. Really cute design! I love the way the red pops!

  16. So very pretty, and your tutorial was great! Love how the red pops, and the awning is so cute! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

  17. Working your magic again with transfers! This is perfect for any European kitchen!

  18. So very pretty! You are amazing! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. Thanks for joining the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday party over at http://prettyshabbyuk.blogspot.co.uk

    You have been featured in the Top 3.

    We look forward to seeing your projects again on Wednesday.

    Many Thanks

    Dawn @ Pretty Shabby Uk

  20. super cute!!!

    Thank you for linking it up at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com
    Looking forward to seeing you again later today with another fabulous project!


  21. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. You have done an amazing job with this. I really like it.

  22. Thanks for sharing this creative post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love how the chopping board turned out!


  23. This is such a beautiful tutorial. Would love to try soon. Thank you for sharing:)

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog (Twitter and Pinterest).

    The Quiet Mom blogging @ How to Cook Fresh Artichoke Recipe

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  24. I really like the graphics and painting the awning was such a clever idea. I have wanted to try this transfer method. I appreciate the great instructions. I am going to save them for when I finally get a chance to do it. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

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