Friday, July 8, 2011

Vintage Bread Boards

There is just something about vintage bread and cutting boards that I just love.  Maybe it's that they remind me of being in the kitchen with my grandma as she cooked with so much love when I was a child or maybe it's the lovely patina they have after years and years of being passed down from generation to generation.  I just know I love 'em and have a hard time saying no when I find one at a flea market or yard sale.  These are some of my favorites....some new, some old.  I don't use the old ones, I just admire them in my kitchen.
I've scoured flea markets looking for little miniature versions of antique bread boards to use for individual servings or small loaves of bread at our dinner table, so that each family member could have their own, but haven't had any luck.  That made me wonder how hard it would be to make my own for my kids to pass down someday.  So, I gave it a try.

All you need are some scrap pieces of hardwood, such as oak or maple (I used oak because that's what I had), a jig saw (and please wear safety goggles), sand paper, cordless drill and food grade mineral oil

If you happen to live near a cabinet making factory, like we do, they are usually happy to give you the scraps free of charge and they don't need to be very big scraps to make these.  Each of mine are about 12 inches from the bottom to the top of the handle.
These are the shapes I chose to make.  I basically just used a hand mirror handle, cutting board handle, etc. to trace the shape onto the wood and then carefully cut out the shape using a jig saw.  It doesn't have to be perfect, it is supposed to look vintage, afterall.

After that, I sanded down the edges to smooth 'em out and give 'em a worn look.  I used 150 grit sandpaper.  To make them look authentic, I drilled a hole through the handle.  Wash them well and let dry completely, then re-sand, as the grain will raise a little from being wet.  Do this a couple of times, then when smooth, coat heavily with mineral oil.  Let that soak in well and wipe off the excess after about an hour.  Done! 

To wash, use warm soap and water and towel dry.  NEVER put in the dishwasher.  Re-coat with mineral oil occasionally if it looks like the wood is drying out and to keep them looking beautiful. 
My hubby brought home this old wooden caddy the other day and I thought it would be perfect in the center of our farmhouse table filled with the bread boards and other accessories we use.  I tied up our plain white napkins with jute twine from the hardware store, a fun alternative to napkin rings.  I picked up these vintage salt and pepper shakers on Ebay years ago.  Isn't the wood on the crate beautifully worn?!
It also has a little handle in the center so we can tote it outside to eat on the porch if we want.
And since I didn't spend any money to make them, I thought I would treat us to these fun little rosewood bowls.  How cute do they look on the little bread board and they are perfect for dipping oil, bruschetta or whatever else you enjoy eating with your bread.
I ordered the bowls from here.  They're called rosewood condiment bowls, if anyone is interested.
This was a fun little project and fairly easy because they're small and could be made with a single piece of wood instead of several joined pieces, like most larger cutting boards.

And speaking of projects, my couch recovering dilemma has turned into a nightmare!  Hopefully the nightmare will be over soon and I will have a pretty couch to show you in the near future.  And I haven't forgotten about those shelves.....time has just been getting away from me lately!  I promise to have them up soon!  Happy Friday my friends!

Have a great weekend everybody! :)


  1. What a great and inviting idea!

  2. I love that wooden box! I'm going to try to build one... wish me luck!

  3. Oh my , I can't keep up with you! You are truly a tireless worker and clever to boot! I love your breadboards, and they are presented so beautifully in your antique caddy. And your hubby seems to know what you love!

  4. I can't believe I found someone else who loves breadboards and made on like I did. Here's the link to mine

    You will have to go to my 2/27/11 post to read it...the link won't work here!

    I saw a small round one yesterday at my local flea market for around $5.00....I think I'll go back and pick it up today.


  5. I love the little bread boards! Great idea!

  6. I think you did an amazing job on your little boards. I love that you made your own so that you could pass them do to your children and so on from there. Wonderful idea.

  7. Those are awesome! You are a little carpenter for sure! I just got a wooden dough bowl-will post a pic soon. Have a wonderful day. Blessings, Steph.

  8. I still love the cutting board you gave me at Christmas a couple years ago-its hanging on my wall. I don't use it though-I didn't want to take a chance of ruining it. I did want to know where you got your big jars that are in the kitchen pictures-I love those.

  9. I love these cutting boards! I wish I had a jigsaw so that I could make my own too. Such a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  10. Ktisti, you will never guess what those big jars are......they are those acrylic lemonade decanters from WM!! There is a spout on the other side! LOL! I thought they would look pretty cool as a jar so that's what I use them for, I just hide the spout! :)

  11. I love these! Those little guys are so cute! I have been looking for a vintage bread board for quite sometime, no luck :( that crate is perfect too! I also love the twine around your napkins, super cute!

  12. Girl, I've been hunting for a long skinny one forever!! If you made these and sold them I'd BUY ONE FROM YA!! (I really would.)

  13. Love the bread boards! The wooden box is perfect too! Love this!


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