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15 November, 2012

Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Serving Board

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Serving BoardI promised to show you how I did it and here it is...and just in time for the holidays! I know I always say this, but I am really super excited about the way this project turned out! Sooo…I couldn’t wait to share it with you while you still have time to try it before the holidays if you wish! I have been eyeing those monogrammed vintage wooden serving boards on Pottery Barn and plotting how to make my own for weeks now. I finally found just what I needed to complete it!

Kitty My co-host Miss Kitty is excited, too! (Can’t you tell?) Their version costs more than $60 and mine came in for under $5.00 since I already had much of what I needed! Woo hoo! All I had to buy was the cutting board…a Goodwill find for under $2.00…and the baseboard corner posts that serve as legs…all four for under $3.00 at Home Depot.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Serving BoardHere are the essential supplies:
  • An old cutting board…the more dinged up, the better
  • Four baseboard corner posts cut to the desired length to serve as legs
  • Wood stain…I used Minwax Vermont Maple
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Adhesive…I used clear Liquid Nails
  • Sandpaper

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Serving BoardFirst, using the Sharpie marker, transfer your monogram to the unfinished cutting board. (Please forgive me…I was so excited that I didn’t take photos as I went along.) I printed mine and then turned a piece of artist’s charcoal sideways and covered the back with charcoal as a sort of carbon paper. Then I traced over it with a pencil. I filled in with the Sharpie and then sanded a little to make it look time-worn.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Serving BoardNext, I painted the board and the legs with several coats of the stain, wiping it off in between for a more vintage look. When everything had dried, I used the Liquid Nails to adhere the legs to the board. Super easy! The hardest part was sawing the legs to the length I wanted with my little saw and miter box!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Board And that’s it! I love it! Now that I know what I am doing, I could knock another one off in less than an hour. And I might just do that…in another size! Hmmm…and Christmas is right around the corner! Can you say handmade gift?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Serving Board I love the time-worn look with the cracks in the board and the cutting marks on the surface! The faded look of the monogram helps to add to the vintage charm, don’t you think? Please note...I will not be serving food or cutting on it directly since I worked so hard to achieve the finish. I will use it more as a trivet or a pretty base for my serving dishes.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Serving BoardAnd…I will be using it as the centerpiece for my Pottery Barn inspired Thanksgiving tablescape! Yes…I had to do another one so I could use my monogrammed serving board! lol (Here’s my Pumpkins and Pewter Tablescape if you have not seen it yet.) Yikes! Thanksgiving is almost here and I am not ready! Are you?

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my vintage serving board! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
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The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
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A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
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The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
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Stone Gable for Tutorials. Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
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The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour on Saturdays
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  1. I love that! What a great idea! Do you have to seal it or anything before cutting on it/using it? Thanks!

    1. Karen...I worked so hard on the finish that I will just use it as a trivet or a platform for my serving dishes. So glad you like it!

  2. That is really cute. You did a wonderful job on it. I've not seen any like it before but I bet we'll see a ton of them now- xo Diana

  3. good grief, I LOVE this, you da bomb, Debbie!!

  4. Debbie ~ I absolutely love this. It looks
    fab-u-lous Where did you get those mercury glass pumpkins? Everything looks just great

  5. Such a great project - it turned out beautiful! It seems totally doable too :)

  6. Great project -- I just may try this. Thanks for sharing your method. Sally

  7. I see a weekend project in my future. I have everything; my old cutting board, stain, sharpie and maybe even something I can use for the legs.
    Pinning this too.
    Thanks for a fun idea!

  8. Debbie,
    This turned out beautifully!!!
    I adore the finish. Like you, I wouldn't use it for food preparation, either! Centerpiece and serving tray to show case or elevate decor is a perfect role for your Pottery Barn "knock~off"!!!

  9. I seriously like yours way better then Pottery barns.
    Nice job

  10. Ooooh this is very cool, love it!

    xoxo, Tanya

  11. That is an awesome and unique project! Love it, turned out beautiful!

  12. This is pure awesomeness!! I love this project. It looks easy enough for me!!

  13. I know you had fun with this project. Supper cute and amazingly vintage looking!

  14. This is BETTER than the Pottery Barn version. Good work!

    Stopping over from Serenity Now.

  15. What a pretty wood platform for all types of holiday decor and plates of food--it's great idea, and it turned out so pretty, Debbie! I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. ps--Which one of your staff speaks French??

  16. You come up with some really unique ideas, Debbie...this one is a winner!

  17. Amazing Debbie! I would have never figured that out. It looks like it came from PB! ~Delores

  18. Looks great, Debbie! That was genius using those baseboard corner thingies- I need to check those out for a project I'm working on!

  19. Great project, Debbie....I definitely want to try it.....easy directions, too! Linda

  20. Another amazing project Debbie! It looks amazing and a great base for centerpieces!
    hugs, Linda

  21. This is so pretty Debbie. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! I would love for you to visit me and see the centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

  22. I have to save this....I love it! Thank you for sharing it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  23. I love this - I would definitely appreciate a handmade gift like this!

  24. I love this! I'm going to put a cutting board on my "thrifting" shopping list.

    It's so cute how you pictured your cats and the very important jobs at your blog. BTW, I have a calico kitty named Isabella too!

    Merry Christmas!

  25. I love it! You could even use longer legs & make it a desk/bed tray!

  26. This is just gorgeous. Thanks for the idea. It's very tempting. Just went to Goodwill yesterday...I am sure to keep my eye out for cutting boards next time!

  27. This is definitely awesome! I wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post - stop by and see (and grab a button too.)

  28. This turned out great. I love it. YOu always have great ideas. I love coming by
    and seeing what you are unto!

  29. Great cutting board! It can go with any decor, too. I'm looking for a cutting board to upcycle! Thanks for sharing the stain color and how you attached the legs.
    xo Babs

  30. I pass up these cutting boards all the time! I need to grab one next time I see one. This is gorgeous!


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