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Repurposed Cutting Board Kitchen Decor

There is always a happy ending when I visit Ikea! Always! So, the other day, when waiting to pay at the cash register, I actually saw someone walking out without anything. I really was in shock there for a moment. Is that even possible? To leave an Ikea empty handed? Come on! You´ve made it all the way there and then you don´t get anything? I do not always buy big stuff, but being there and all,  at least walk out of there with some pretty napkins or a lint roller, which are the best btw.


Nope. Not even a stop in the Swedish cookie section, she just walked by it and out! I was in awe! I cannot do such thing! Well, I paid my cutting board and several other items and had a coffee, an ice cream and was tempted to get cinnamon buns. But I didn´t go that far at the end. It was still a pretty happy ending!

Which leads to today´s project: repurposed cutting board kitchen decor!

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Repurposed Cutting Board Kitchen Decor


What you need:

cutting board 

grey twine

white sharpie

faux rosemary twig


a pen for tracing


1.  Wrap grey twine around upper handle of cutting board.


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2. Print and cut around your lettering. If you like my Tapas & Vino version, you can download it here for free. For your own personal use only please.

3. Arrange the words on the chalkboard.


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4. Rub the back of each print with chalk.


5. Turn back and start tracing the letters using a pen.


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6. You will be able to see the lettering in chalk and can easily correct by just wiping it off.

7. Once it´s ready, start tracing with your sharpie. I gave it a good 3 coats as the wood soaks the sharpie right up!

I ended up writing the ¨p¨ a little different as I liked it better in a simple way.

And at the very end I squeezed in some artificial rosemary twigs as well 😉


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repurposed cutting board kitchen decor kreativk.net



repurposed cutting board kitchen decor kreativk.net




repurposed cutting board kitchen decor kreativk.net



repurposed cutting board kitchen decor kreativk.net




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So how about you? Do you ever go to Ikea without buying anything or are you like me, not able to resist? Also, what do you think about this little repurposed kitchen decor??

Thank you so much for your visit here, I always love it when you stop by!




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  • Keri
    31/08/2017 at 17:45

    Katrin, this cutting board is so cute!! I don’t know if i would be able to resist not buying anything there, with how magical you make it sound. 😉 I would love to go to an Ikea someday for sure. You did a great job making this cutting board into a sign.

    • Katrin
      02/09/2017 at 14:17

      hahaha, I´m an addict for sure! Maybe you won´t like it or think, what is she talking about… it´s just a great place full of fun and practical ideas for the home.

  • Amber Harrop
    30/08/2017 at 00:30

    I have said it on Facebook and I will say it here I want this in my kitchen 🙂

    • Katrin
      31/08/2017 at 08:18

      hahaha,Thanks Amber!

  • Samantha
    29/08/2017 at 03:36

    I love this! I literally have a raw cutting board just waiting for me to do something with it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Katrin
      29/08/2017 at 09:21

      Happy you like it Samantha, Thanks so much 🙂

  • Jelica
    29/08/2017 at 01:20

    I must admit, I have gone to IKEA and not purchased a thing – not even a Swedish cookie 😉 But, I must admit, you did a great job repurposing your find. It looks so adorable – and it fits so beautifully in your home decor 🙂

    • Katrin
      29/08/2017 at 09:20

      hahaha, you´re so good Jelica, I wish I could do that 🙂 I just went again the other day, because I forgot something and I come out with extra stuff, lol. My husband is going to get a heart attack one day 😉

  • Leanna
    27/08/2017 at 03:55

    Going to Ikea and buying nothing, never knew it was possible. This cutting board makeover is really cute. What a simple way to update it to something more personal.

    • Katrin
      27/08/2017 at 09:19

      Right!? I can´t either… Thanks so much Leanna!!

  • Alexa Clason
    26/08/2017 at 22:57

    What a pretty and creative project for that cutting board. The grey twine is genius and the fake rosemary twigs are just the perfect finishing touch.

    • Katrin
      27/08/2017 at 09:18

      Thanks so much Alexa!!

  • Michelle
    24/08/2017 at 16:46

    I’ve never been to IKEA – shocker I know, but there aren’t any here in South Africa 🙁 If there was one I hope the doors are wide enough to fit a truck through because this momma is going to buy sooooooo many things, including a bread board so I can copy what you’ve done Katrin.

    • Katrin
      24/08/2017 at 19:03

      LOL! I hope they´ll bring one to you real soon Michelle, you´d love it and there are so many cool ideas and oh don´t get me started! 🙂 😉

  • Angie ~ Ambient Wares
    23/08/2017 at 17:43

    I love it, Katrin! Beautiful job and I need to try the chalk technique since I’ve never done it before. Whaa??? Thanks for sharing and pinned 😉

    • Katrin
      24/08/2017 at 09:17

      It´s so easy Angie, i´m sure you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mary
    23/08/2017 at 17:06

    Katrin I never, ever leave IKEA without buying something. Our favorite thing to buy, every single time is the batteries. They are so thrifty. And of course who can resist the food. We always have the Swedish meatballs. Your decor is very pretty and simple just like we have come to expect from you. And thank you for that tutorial. I am very shy about doing transfers but yours is so easy that even a scardy cat like me can try it.

    • Katrin
      24/08/2017 at 09:16

      Right!? I haven´t tried the batteries, now I will! I´m sure you´d have no problems transferring with chalk, it´s so easy!

  • Ellen
    23/08/2017 at 16:46

    There should be a welcome mat with your name at your local IKEA store!! Not only are you a dedicated shopper, you also encourage shoppers around the globe to frequent their store! How does anyone pass by Swedish cookies or coffee and the cinnamon bun stops me in my tracks?! In the words of my late Mother “it just isn’t done”! But, on to this kreative repurpose … a perfect addition for the kitchen. The little sprigs of rosemary could be fresh ones too, love it! Once again your vision leads to an easy, yet splendid project. Thank-you, so enjoyed this post (as always).

    • Katrin
      24/08/2017 at 09:14

      hahaha, yes, you´re right there should be 😉 Sometimes I think they must know me already … there she comes again 🙂 I like how you describe me as a dedicated shopper, I have to remember that when my husband thinks I´m going too far, lol! Thank ou so much for your sweet comment Ellen, makes my day 🙂