As promised, from a recent post, I’m sharing a DIY Dark Wooden Blogging Board Tutorial. This look and technique is easy to do, and fantastic for bloggers and those who love wooden craft projects too! All you need are a few supplies, a little time and viola – you’ve got yourself a beautiful, dark wooden blogging board.
As a food blogger, there are a few looks that are in high demand for food shots, and a dark wooden blogging board is definitely one of them! The other great look most bloggers love is a soft, light whitewashed board. Why are these 2 boards so important? Because the food and plates really “Pop” on them.
I love the contrast of the foods, bowls and plate on this dark wooden board, and it’s a full 24″ circle. So, it’s not too small, but perfect for getting those delicious food shots!
Get your supplies ready, lightly sand your board and dust it off with a clean clothe or rag.
I added a few drops of black paint into the light blue paint, to make it a touch darker.
I got this raw wooden pine board at Home Depot for only $10.96, including tax. I love the grain of pine wood. Plus, you can do another cool technique on the other side. Then you’ll have 2 completely different blogging boards!
Pour approximately 1/4 cup of white, tan, blue and dark grey paints into separate small jars.
Randomly dry brush the paints on, starting with the dark grey and then the blue. There’s no need to wait for each color to dry, because they’re applied so thinly.
Dry brushing is a technique where there is not too much paint on your brush, which produces a softer smear of color.
Next, apply the tan and white paints, with the same dry brushing technique. The reason I ended with the white paint is because I wanted it to show through the most. It’s ok not to cover the entire top with paint, because the natural wood will take on another look once it’s painted black.
Allow the paints to dry thoroughly, preferably 24 hours, or overnight. Then lightly sand the top, to mute and blend the colors a little. Wipe off any dust with a clean clothe or rag.
Put on a pair of gloves, place a little black paint on a clean clothe or rag and paint a small section of the board going with the grain of the wood. Then lightly wipe off the black paint with a clean lightly dampened clothe or rag. This will soften the black paint and allow the white paint and other colors to show through a little. Continue this process until the whole top of the board is painted black and lightly wiped off.
I used a gloss black, because that’s what I had on hand, and I knew the 2 matte clear enamel top coats would cover the sheen. But, you can use black paint in matte, satin or eggshell finish, if you’d like.
I was going to do an old rustic looking board, as shown here, but I didn’t like the stain I chose. So, I decided to paint it black and I really love how it turned out!
Allow the black paint to dry thoroughly, a few hours should work, but I dried mine overnight.
Lightly spray the top of the board in a back and forth motion with the matte clear enamel. Allow to dry for 15 minutes, or longer, then lightly spray again.
Allow the final top coat to dry several hours, or overnight before using.
I bought a can of Rust-oleum Matte Clear Enamel at Walmart for $3.94, including tax. So far this project is pretty inexpensive – Yay!
Here’s my dark wooden board after applying the 2 thin coats of matte clear enamel. I love how it, because it’s dark and rich in color. But, you can see the other paint colors a bit and the wood grain shows nicely, which gives it a really great finish.
The matte clear enamel should protect your new blogging board from stains but, I would still be careful and wipe off any food spills or moisture, as soon as possible.
There are many things we love about living in Florida. And, one of them is the pleasure of growing our own pineapples. This is the 2nd one we’ve grown since living here. It’s so much fun to watch them grow and they’re healthy & delicious too!
Shown here is our beautiful golden pineapple and some yummy foods, so you can see how this board looks in action.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to take on an easy and beautiful DIY Dark Wooden Blogging Board? Remember, you can do this technique for other wooden projects too, so get painting and have some fun today!
DIY Dark Wooden Blogging Board Tutorial
- Plastic drop clothe
- Medium grit sanding block, or sand paper
- 4 paint brushes
- 1/4 cup each; grey, blue, tan and white paint
- Plastic gloves
- Small amount of black paint
- 2 clean clothes or rags, one lightly dampened with water
- 1 can Rust-oleum Matte Clear Enamel
- Paper towels
- Lightly sand a raw wooden board and dust it off with a clean clothe or rag.
- Pour approximately 1/4 cup of white, tan, blue and dark grey paints into separate small jars.
- Randomly dry brush the paints on, starting with the dark grey, then the blue, tan and finish with the white. There’s no need to wait for each color to dry.
- Put on a pair of gloves, place a little black paint on a clean clothe or rag and paint a small section of the board going with the grain of the wood. Then lightly wipe off the black paint with a clean lightly dampened clothe or rag. This will soften the black paint and allow the white paint and other colors to show through a little. Continue this process until the whole top of the board is painted black and lightly wiped off.
- Allow the black paint to dry thoroughly, preferably 24 hours, or overnight.
- Lightly spray the top of the board in a back and forth motion with the matte clear enamel. Allow to dry for 15 minutes, or longer, then lightly spray again.
- Allow the final top coat to dry several hours, or overnight before using.
- Apply the paint with the grain of the wood, going across the board in random streaks.
- I wet a rag with water and wrung it out thoroughly, so it was slightly damp. Because, if the rag is too wet you might remove too much of the paint.
- Spray the matte clear enamel outside on a drop clothe, if possible. I also had a folded towel underneath the board, so it wouldn’t stick to the drop clothe.
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