“Nooooooooo! Uhgggggg!” I let out an exasperated sigh that I swear my neighbors could hear. My plan was brilliant. My plan was a big fat fail. I wanted to surprise my friend with a monogramed wood cutting board. I had never seen one before and was so excited to create a fun and useful craft. This is going to be so cool, I thought, patting myself on the back.
Gleefully I purchased a very nice wood cutting board, came home and began to design the monogram on the computer with a beautiful scrolly font. I cut the letter out using a Silhouette machine and carefully applied the vinyl to the cutting board, smoothing out the air bubbles. “This will be fabulous!”, I said in a sing-song voice.
Giggling, I ran to the garage to get my dark walnut stain and carefully painted it on with a small paintbrush. I am such an impatient person and was eager to see the results so with a napkin I wiped a bit of stain away. Nope, more time was needed. After a few emails, another cup of coffee and the constant checking of the clock, it was ready to remove the stain and reveal my amazing masterpiece.
Let’s remove the excess stain and peel off the vinyl. Ta-da!!! Too awesome. It came out so nice! She is going to just LOVE this gift!
Time to add the mineral oil and seal in the stain. I poured the oil onto my napkin and gently stroked the monogra…………
Smudged into an ugly brown oblivion, to forever live its life in the fibers of that napkin.
Mega Craft Fail
They say pride cometh before the fall. Well, I tripped over my arrogance and fell flat on my face.
Did I bother to do any research beforehand?
Did I really even know if staining a cutting board was possible?
Of course not.
Did I later discover that the stain I was using would make that cutting board toxic?!
Ooops. Oh yes. Great. How brilliant do ya feel now Kim?
So today I’m eating humble pie for lunch and then heading out to the store to BUY a gift….
that won’t poison my best friend.
(p.s.- if anyone DOES know how to do this safely and effectively please let me know!)
Happy Friday everyone!