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DIY ‘Distressed’ Look Wooden Cutting Board (Using Napkins) – My P31 Home
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DIY ‘Distressed’ Look Wooden Cutting Board (Using Napkins)

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I’ve been collecting napkins for years, but only recently started crafting with them, and I’m hooked! It only took me about ten minutes to decorate this cutting board (not including drying time). Trust me, if I can do it, you can easily do it too.

After I transferred the paint to the cutting board, I sealed it with with three coats of clear lacquer. So technically I could use it, but I think I’d prefer to save it for the occasional use in order to preserve the look. I’m thinking it would make a nice charcuterie board for when guests are over. What do you think?

Looking at the finished product, I realize that napkins with deeply saturated colors would stand out more than light ones, so keep this in mind when shopping.


  • A Wooden Cutting Board. Amazon has a super cute affordable one that had a little handle with a hole for hanging.
  • Mod Podge (get matte finish – I only had gloss on hand)
  • A Paint Brush
  • Napkins (I only used one here)
  • Spray Lacquer
  • Fine Sand Paper


  • Apply mod podge to a clean wooden surface. Don’t worry if you go over the edge a bit as it dries clear.
  • Wait about 2 minutes for it to dry slightly. You’ll want it tacky, not overly wet.
  • Napkins are either one or two ply. Separate the layers so you are using one very thin layer of the napkin. We’ll be using a piece as thin as tissue paper. See below.
  • Carefully place the napkin exactly where you want to transfer the color.
  • Cover the area in clear plastic wrap to press out any bubbles or wrinkles you don’t like. Don’t try to press them with your bare fingers or you’ll make a mess. We are going for a rustic/distressed look so imperfections such as wrinkles are absolutely fine! Even a little tear here and there is okay. Remove plastic when your done smoothing.
  • Brush a second layer of mod podge over the surface of the napkin. Be generous with this layer.
  • Leave this to completely dry. I’m going to say wait at least two hours, or if you’re patient enough–let it dry over night.
  • Once you are confident that it is completely dry, use a knife to cut away the edges.
  • Using fine sandpaper, sand the entire surface until all of the paper is removed.
  • Once you have removed the paper, top coat the board with clear lacquer. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area like the back yard.

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