I have pined after raw wood cutting boards with dipped handles.  First I saw these colorblocked cutting boards at Anthropologie.  Then these raw wood boards in all sizes caught my eye at West Elm.  They are not the kind of cutting boards you tuck away.  These are the kind you display.  They can add a fun pop of color in the kitchen.  I just could not bring myself to spend $40-$300 on a “cutting board” meant only for serving cheese and bread.  I had to make my own.

DIY Dipped Handle Cutting Board

Then, the clouds parted and the angels sang, when I spotted this acacia wood cutting board at Target for $9.99!  All it needed was a little DIY magic.


I used painter’s tape to tape off the handle area to be painted.


I painted the handle with three light coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence.  I happen to paint everything with Provence chalk paint lately.  I opted for chalk paint on this project, because I wanted the nice matte finish to go with the raw wood board.  Once the paint was dry, I removed the tape revealing a nice crisp line.


The last step was to drill a hole and add a jute hanger.  I used a 3/8″ drill bit.  I recommend masking the area with painter’s tape to protect from chips during drilling.  I put a length of jute twine through the hole and tied the two ends into a knot forming a hanging loop.


I am super in love with my $10 dipped handle cutting board!  I plan to put a nail in the end panel by the stove to hang my board.  I have to admit I am not loving the wood on wood action.  This board is making me really want to paint my kitchen cabinets white.


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12 Responses to DIY Dipped Handle Cutting Board

  1. Nikki says:

    This is a great project! I may have to see if I can find a cutting board to dip. I posted a “dipped” project today too.

  2. Gwen says:

    Oh wow. You never cease to amaze me! My daughter just got her first new to her house and her new dining table is acacia wood. It must be the old wood of Noah’s table returning in popularity as I see your cutting board is also in this. I think these would make great gifts for my gals in their favorite colors! Thx!

  3. Lisa says:

    So cute! Do you think the paint will hold up to washing, holding, etc? I would be so excited to see you paint your cabinets! I want to paint mine so I need some tips.

    • Jackie says:

      Lisa, These types of cutting boards are best washed by hand anyway. I have heard you should never put any type of wood cutting board, utensils, etc. in the dishwasher. Since I will be washing it by hand, I think it will hold up fine. I would not recommend painting any areas of the board where there will be food contact.

  4. Kelsey says:

    Love it! Are you really considering painting your cupboards? We have the balnese rosewood floors (from build direct) and oak cupboards and I am dying to stain them dark or paint them….but I’m chicken.

    • Jackie says:

      Kelsey, I have been considering it since I saw the pictures of the kitchen on the MLS listing for this house. Seriously, it looks way better in person, but it is still too much wood tone for me. I painted oak cabinets white in a previous home and loved them. I know I will love it here too…just need to find the time. I think the kitchen is next on my list after the basement projects are done (we will have a kitchenette down there to use while we fix up the main kitchen).

  5. Love it!

    I painted the handles of all of my wooden utensils and they’ve lasted beautifully just with hand washing.

    Great project!!

  6. Linda Jahn says:

    I have been looking for one of these boards (impossible to find that are inexpensive!!). I want to make a recipe stand that I saw in Pinterest & I just happened upon your post.
    Thanks so much…I will check Target

  7. John Hinger says:

    I know this is a year later but wanted you to know that your project was my inspiration for my wife’s Valentines Day gift this year. Here is my finished product: http://lifeofamissionary.com/2014/02/19/diy-cutting-boards/

    • Jackie says:

      John, Thank you for coming back to share. Your cutting boards are absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful gift for your wife.

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