Recently, I had the task of reviving an old cutting board. It given to me by a sweet friend of mine no longer had use for it and knew I had a growing collection. As beautiful as it was, it needed a little bit of TLC. It was dry and had noticeably not been conditioned in quite some time. Within a few minutes I had this beauty shining again!
Reviving an old cutting board is really quite simple. The next time you find one at a yard sale or at a thrift store you may think twice about passing it up. Here is what you need to know.
I started by cleaning the board with mild soap and water and a bristle brush. My favorite soap ever is the Rosewater and Driftwood Scent by Caldrea.…oh my word is it heavenly. I have seriously never smelt a soap so heavenly. They have several amazing scents to choose from which you can find HERE. I personally can only speak for the driftwood scent but I am certain the others will be just a nice!
After scrubbing it clean I made sure it was good and dry. I dried this one with a dishcloth but you could also place it in a warm oven. In that case all you would need to do it turn on your oven and allow it to heat to about 350 degrees and turn it off. Place your board on the middle rack while the oven is cooling.
Once dry this is when the transformation begins. I have this obsession with conditioning wood, the transformation is so satisfying to watch. You can see the wood wake up right before your eyes. There are plenty of food safe options out there as far as wood conditioners go but I personally make my own using beeswax and coconut oil. I shared the recipe on the blog before and I will link it HERE if you would like to make your own. There may be more professional means of application but for me I just scoop the conditioner out with my fingers and apply it to the surface of the board like I would lotion. Cover all the edges and watch your wood come to life.
I was absolutely giddy about how beautiful this board really was. Underneath all the dryness were some beautiful characteristics. Scuffs and marks that not only aged the piece but gave it tremendous character. I have it proudly displayed on my counter tops and plan to revive all the boards I can get my hands on.