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How To Make An Amazing Acrylic Paint Pour Cutting Board

Learn how to update a thrift store cutting board with a fun beachy vibe, using an acrylic paint pour technique. 

paint poured thrift store cutting board

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The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela – Gail | Purple Hues and Me – Jenny | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Michelle | Our Crafty Mom – Meredith | Thriftwood Home

For this month’s thrift store challenge, I decided to makeover a beautiful wood cutting board that I found for a song at Goodwill.

It was in great condition and I fully believe you can never have too many cutting boards to use for cheese trays or charcuterie boards.

I decided to upcycle it with acrylic paint pouring. If you’ve visited here before, you may have seen the cool paint poured vase and mason jar I made when this pouring medium first came out.

Paint pouring is seriously a no-fail type of craft and did I mention how fun it is? 

You can pretty much use this paint technique on any type of vessel including glass, wood, bracelets and more! 

Let’s get to the easy tutorial for this DIY cutting board and then I’ll share some tips I’ve learned along the way.

close up cutting board


Supplies Needed For Acrylic Paint Pour Cutting Board

paint pour supplies

Step 1. Prep your work area.

My biggest tip when paint pouring is to prep your work space. This is messy! Fun, but messy!

Step 2. Mix the paint.

Follow the directions on the pouring medium for mixing with your acrylic paint which is a 1:1 ratio of pouring medium to acrylic paint.

Step 3. Pour the paint.

Now comes the fun part of pouring the paint mixture. It’s as simple as pouring each color of paint on the item you are working with and tipping it and turning it until the entire piece is covered.

I wanted a natural edge, so I didn’t tape off the cutting board. Just have fun with it and see what the paint does. 

paint pour on cutting board

paint pour on cutting board

Step 4. Use the heat gun.

This is my first time using the Wagner Heat Gun and it made this project so much easier. Place the heat tool over the paint pour areas to remove any bubbles.

thrift store cutting board

Step 5. Let dry.

Let the paint dry overnight, however, it may take up to 72 hours to fully dry and up to 30 days to fully cure.

cutting board diy

See how easy that was? Of course the area where the paint is will not be food safe. I do plan to cover the piece with cutting board food safe mineral oil, but I will only serve food on the unpainted area. 

diy cutting board

I would love to hear if you’ve tried paint pouring, or if you try this idea. Leave me a comment below and share what you made. You may also want to check out the epoxy resin desk and wood slice resin table I shared. 

cutting board diy

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Michelle Leslie

Monday 2nd of March 2020

I've been dying to try a pour for the longest time and just never seem to get around to it. But your tutorial has just inspired me to try it on one of the many cutting boards we have at home. Thanks Michelle


Thursday 27th of February 2020

I have tried pour painting a few times but only on canvas. Your cutting board is quite pretty.


Thursday 27th of February 2020

I love this technique, Michelle! And I love the way you used it on your cutting board! It really turned out beautiful!


Thursday 27th of February 2020

Wow! That looks so cool on the top of the cutting board. I just did paint pouring last week with the kids and they loved it. It's so cool to see the colors run together.