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Turning a Vintage Cutting Board into a Pottery Barn Inspired Pedestal
Old wood has a quality that is really hard to recreate. There is a special place in my heart for vintage cutting boards, wooden boxes, barnwood.....it all has so much character. And the interesting thing about old wood is that the more worn, the more distressed, the more used it is, the better it gets. Cutting boards are the ultimate because they are naturally used and beat up!

I found this cutting board at a consignment shop and after mulling over whether I REALLY needed it, up to the cash register I went. It has that great patina and color that only comes from years of use and abuse. It had been handmade in an interesting shape, too, which just adds to the charm in my book!

Pottery Barn has a great wooden pedestal....basically a reproduction wooden cutting board with legs. I knew that my cutting board could look every bit as good as theirs and I'm thrilled with the finished product! The Pottery Barn version has imperfections added, but the real imperfections already exist on mine! These pedestals are great for serving food, used for display, or for all of you bloggers out there, I'm thinking it is a great piece for all the staged photos we take!

Posted by andersonandgrant from Brockway, Pennsylvania, United States • Published See andersonandgrant's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a stool. Pottery Barn Inspired Cutting Board Pedestal - Step 1
    Step 1

    The Pottery Barn pedestal has legs for the "cutting board" to sit on. Luckily I had some little wooden legs at home from a previous project. You could find something like this in the woodworking section of Lowes or Home Depot.

  • How to make a stool. Pottery Barn Inspired Cutting Board Pedestal - Step 2
    Step 2

    The legs got a good sanding to remove the glossy finish. You may notice that I didn't sand down to the bare wood over the entire leg......I left some areas with a little stain on them because I though having some nice differences in stain color would give them a little patina and make them look older.

  • How to make a stool. Pottery Barn Inspired Cutting Board Pedestal - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using wood glue, I glued the four legs onto the bottom of the cutting board, making sure that they were equally spaced so that the cutting board would sit flat.

  • How to make a stool. Pottery Barn Inspired Cutting Board Pedestal - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then I used my favorite stain, strong instant coffee, to brush over the legs. I let the coffee just soak into the wood rather than wiping it off.

    My biggest worry with this project was that it would look like I stuck four new legs on the bottom of an old cutting board. It is so hard to replicate the color of aged wood. But I really don't think you can tell a difference now that the piece is done.

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