There is something about those chunky, dinged up old cutting boards that speak volumes in charm.
No two are alike- which means each little old cut mark or stain is even more beautiful and unique. And they come in all shapes and sizes- from something that takes up the whole kitchen island to something that is small and personal size.
Today it is all about celebrating those beautiful boards- and where to find vintage & new with that vintage style.
I once met a big old chunky cutting board at Las Vegas Market. It was out in the tents where the antiques are set up for sale- and it was in a stack along with about a dozen others. But this one? Well it was HUGE. And it was chunky. And it was so full of beautiful old patina. Problem was? I was flying home to northern California- and this one would not be fitting in the carryon section. But the good news- my oldest son lived in Las Vegas at the time- and my middle guy was coming to visit him in just a couple more weeks- and was driving there. So, I shopped. And loaded the car with vintage treasures that he was able to fit in his trunk and bring home. And that cutting board was one of them.
This one is a chunker- it is probably about 3′ tall and is a nice thick old wood. It has a little curve to it- either carved that way or maybe warped over the years. And I love it.
Vintage & Reproduction
Whether using a vintage or a reproduction board- it is all about the charm in the style, size, shape and details. I love simple rectangular boards, square boards, round boards, and even wood slice boards- along with many others. I pretty much fall for any of them that have charming character-even the most simple of them.
Built In Charm
Those little old cutting boards that once belonged in a house built into the cupboards- remember those? We actually had two of them in our kitchen when we moved in- such a fun bit of nostalgia! You can sometimes find those square boards at thrift stores along with various sizes of vintage over the years boards.
Tip: A key is to mix and match various styles and sizes. Layer different heights and add some chunky wood for interest.
Big & Beautiful
And you can also find them in reproductions.
This oversized reproduction board was used for this charcuterie board from my book Inspired Gatherings.
And this smaller rectangle board was used for the grazing breakfast board as well. These are both reproductions- you can find them at places like HomeGoods and from vintage reproduction farmhouse type shops-places like Etsy.
Tip: Make sure that your boards are food safe before using. Some of them are merely for decorative use- and some vintage might need to be deep cleaned and disinfected before using.
Oh they are so fun. From large and in charge to simple and sweet. I love the ones with handles that look like they are ready to pull a pizza out of the oven. They are so fun to use for display on the counter, for serving and even setting hot dishes on.
And those small round ones- give me all the stacks of the boards with bare on the edges- so beautiful for serving anything- from cheese and fruit to cake.
Where to find them
Shop all the treasures in my lists for Kitchen and Entertaining (and more) in my Amazon Storefront & below for some beautiful boards to get the look! (affiliate links)
Round Wood Slice | Round with Handle | Vintage Style Dark Wood | Large Rectangle | Set of 2 Large Round Antique Style | Round Board | Large Oiled Board | Medium Acacia Board |
Vintage Hungarian Cutting Boards | Extra Large Vintage Board | Small Round Board | X Large Rectangle | Large Round Bottleneck | Various Vintage Cutting Boards | Mini Vintage Board
Happy Collecting all.
Aussie Jo says
Oh how I liked these
I HAVE a SMALL COLLECTION and love eve one.
Too funny, but I own ALL the design coffee table books in your Amazon store:) Everyone of them!
Synchronicity works in mysterious ways.lol
GORGEOUS! I love the WAY that you DISPLAY THEM and use THEM. They add so much STYLE and CHARACTER.
jamie mcdermott says
if i want to actually use them, how do you recommend cleaning them first?
I have cleaned them with soap and water and sanitized them with a little bit of bleach.