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Let It Snow Cutting Board

December 10, 2019

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Let it snow!

Turn an old thrift store cutting board into a festive, Christmas wooden sign with a few vinyl letters and a stencil.

Painting Over Vinyl Letters

Ok, so it's no secret that I am not a fan of snow. But I should probably be clear, because that's not actually 100% true. You see, the thing is, I really like some snow.

Like December snow.

Snow on tree decorating day is good. A little dusting during an evening shopping trip in the village. Also good.

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve snow? Good, good and good.

January through May snow? Bad. Very bad.

That's the snow I hate.

But like I said, any snow related the Christmas is lovely. And who can resist a sweet snowman? Certainly not this girl.

So it was a natural pick to go with Let It Snow when I was trying to come up with something to put the other side of my Farmhouse Animal Cutting Board.

Wooden Cutting Board Shaped like a wine bottle

When I grabbed this fun little paddle shape at the thrift store, I ignored this side, since it had words on it. However, staring at it the other day, surrounded by Santas and trees, I decided it needed a little festive flair.

So I flipped over and started painting it a creamy off-white.

White Painted Cutting Board Sign

Once it was covered, it was too new and bright for my slightly rustic, cottage kitchen. A quick coat of brown antiquing gel fixed that in a flash.

I used a tiny bit of it, on a paper towel, and rubbed it over the paint.

I was careful not to go over the engraving too much though, I certainly didn't want them to be noticeable and the gel falls into all the crevices and cracks.

Adding Antiquing Gel to White Wooden Cutting  Board

Next, it was time for lettering. I don't have one of those fancy cutting machines. I usually rely on stencils, hand lettering (neither of which I love - or am very good at) or stickers. Those are my favorite.

I had picked up two sets of black vinyl poster board letters for a buck each, which were perfect for this job.

Dollar Store Large Black Letter Stickers

Here's a tip. When working with these letters, don't push them down all the way when applying them. Place the top down first and leave the bottom off the wood until all letters are in place.

Positioning Sticky Letters With Arrow pointing to lifted letter end

This way if you need to adjust something you can, without having to rip them off the board.

Another tip? I measure everything out and use a ruler and a pencil to assure things are straight and even. There's nothing worse than a crooked bunch of letters. Rough and weathered is one thing...askew is another. No.

Spacing Letters For A Sign with a ruler

Once the letters were in place, I took a good long look at my sign and realized I didn't love it. The black was too severe and crisp. I had to find a way to soften them up and paint was the answer.

Black Let It Snow Letters on a white painted board

Isn't it always?

I used the same creamy white that I used to paint the sign, put a little on a foam brush and went right over the letters.

Painting Over Vinyl Letters with white paint

When I was done, they had a chalkboard look to them. Neat.

Of course, now the sign needed something else, but I wasn't sure what, so I dug into my craft closet and came up with these brand new snowflake stencils.

Snowflake Stencil

Look at me, so prepared. I wish...I didn't even know they were in there. I just got really lucky!

Ok, but now what? The sign was already very light. Basically white. So what color was I going to make the snowflakes? Clearly red was not an option.

Once again, I turned to my brilliant daughter who suggested that I highlight the outline of the snowflake. Hmmm. That could work. So that's what I did.

Sort of.

I stenciled the snowflakes on in a clear, bright white. I used blue painter's tape to hold the stencil in place without damaging the existing paint and then a small foam pouncer.

Stenciling snowflakes On Wooden board

When the snowflakes were dry, I outlined them with a very sharp pencil. The gray of the pencil graphite matched the look of the chalkboard-ish letters. Perfect. Even though my outlining wasn't.

Painting Snowflakes on a board with pencil outlines

They popped just enough, without being too much for my kitchen.

Let It Snow Wooden Sign sitting on countertop near Santa figurine and tree candle

And I think Santa really liked being surrounded by a little snow.

Believe it or not, I don't mind it either.

For now.

Are you a Christmastime snow lover?

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OH...before you go, one last tip. If you want your design to be permanent, coat it with decoupage gel. I didn't...yet. 

I need to live with it a bit before I commit. I really love this board's shape, so I may remove my stickers come spring and transform it yet again.

Big surprise!

Christmas Cutting  Board Makeover Graphic


  1. Kim,

    I love this and going over the words does give it a chalk look. Aren't you a smart one?

    Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy! It's a different look than any other sign I've ever made.

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  2. I love it! And it's great how you work with what you have. I found your blog and it speaks to me. I think we must be about the same age because you share so many of the thoughts rolling around in my head.... anyway I agree about the snow I love it from November to about January 15....then it's ugh!

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    1. Hello Dena! Welcome! Thanks so much for the kind comment, I'm so glad you found me. 😊 And I like your January 15th snow date...that's probably more like it. When the tree comes down, the snow must go!! Hope to see you in the comments often. Merry December!!

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  3. Very cute, Kim! I love the snowy appearance of the painted letters, too.

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    1. Thanks Cecilia! They were too stark the other way. This was a good compromise.

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  4. Very cute sign. Let it snow looks like Christmas. We rarely get snow, but when we do, it does not last long. Changing it up sounds perfect for any season and also inexpensive.

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    1. I think rarely getting snow would suit me just fine, Linda! When it snows here it often lasts for weeks and weeks. And the day before my wedding it snowed 24 inches...yikes. That was an experience. I wore Timberland work boots under my tulle wedding gown!! It was a look! 🤣

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  5. You come up with the best DIY/craft ideas! I love that you put the letters off kilter. I know, as compulsively anal as I am, I would have had to center them straight. And they look much better the way you did it!
    Brenda

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    1. Brenda, you are so sweet! Thank you, and I totally get it with the off kilter placement. I can deal with them if they are placed that way, but they have to be in a line. If they were messy, it's be a no go! That would drive me crazy!

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    1. Thanks Mary!! I appreciate the visit and the comment. 😊

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  7. So clever and so cute. Miss Crafty you have done it again. Love it. Happy New week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris!! ❤️ This is the only kind of snow I like. Haha! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much, Clearissa and thanks for the visit today!

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  9. I love your cute sign you made Kim. Cutting boards are all the rage right now but using in the your Christmas decor is genius! Enjoy. Have a great week. Julie xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! It was just sitting there on the counter, looking at me, so I figured why not! I hope you have a great week, too!!

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  10. This y ou rned out so cute, Kim! I love how the stickers have a chalkboard look! Often when I want to paint a sign, I use stickers like that to trace around, too. So many great stickers out there now!

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    1. Thanks Linda! And I agree, stickers work well for signs...I haven't traced around them, but that's next!! Thanks for the visit!!

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  11. It's so cute!
    I'm not a snow lover, but I live in Michigan so I must deal with it! It is pretty though! :)

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    1. There’s no escaping here either, Mari, but since I wouldn’t choose anywhere else to live, I too have to deal with it. And yes, I agree, in the right setting at the right time, it can be very pretty and peaceful…like when it’s on a sign! 😉

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  12. This is really cute, Kim and a great idea for repurposing a wood cutting board. Pinned

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie!! I love getting pinned! 😉

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  13. That is adorable, Kim! What a cute project. I love snow from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. After that- I DO NOT LIKE SNOW! Why I stay in the Frozen Tundra is beyond me....oh...wait...it because all the kiddos/grandkiddos are here...yep. xo Diana

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    1. I hear you, Diana! I live on an island, it should be tropical here, but we’re buried in the white stuff for more months than I care to count. And I guess I asked for it with this sign, but we woke up to more snow today!! Ugh…Oh well, at least it looks pretty with all the lights. Enjoy the day!! xo

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  14. I love it Kim. Another fun idea from Exquisitely Unremarkable.

    Merry Christmas,
    Carla

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  15. Another creative & adorable project from the talented YOU. We very seldom get snow this far south but we like to dream about it:) I love snowmen (or should I say snowpeople to be politically correct?)! I have a tree decorated with snowpeople and snowflakes. Wish you lived next door...you might motivate me to do more crafts and use up all these craft supplies I keep storing up!

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    1. Cheri, that sounds lovely! In real life I have almost no crafty friends. I think it would be wonderful to have someone to talk "shop" with and DIY the days away!!

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  16. Kim,
    Love this!! So cute!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you Debbie and likewise, visits are always fun!

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  17. Kim, another great idea and the finished product is so cute. I love how you have set it up with the cute Santa. I just love getting all your cute projects and seeing what you come up with. It is all so amazing..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

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    1. Thank you so much, Judy! Santa's got to have a little snow right?! 😉

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  18. Love your sign! Turned out really cute and adding a little paint over the black lettering really helped to tone it down.

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    1. Those stickers were an easy way to make the sign, Linda, but yes, that paint really helped!

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