I love breadboards!
My favorite things to search for in antique and thrift stores are things that are actually useful household items with a unique homespun beauty to them, like breadboards, mixing bowls, and textiles.
Here's a collection of breadboards displayed gallery style on the wall in our living room.
Farm animal shaped breadboards are a fun addition in wall displays.
I especially love old European breadboards, but they are a highly collectable item that can be pretty pricey.
My handyman son-in-law made me a large reproduction of a european style bakery board seen here.
I knew it would be used only for display, so wasn't concerned about it being food safe when we stained it.
When my son-in-law made me this beautiful european style breadboard for my recent birthday,
I knew I wanted this breadboard to be food safe.
I researched ways to stain food safe breadboards.
Yes, I used coffee to stain this breadboard!
I made a super strong cup of espresso and wiped it onto the raw wood with a soft cloth.
Three coats of the coffee achieved the look I wanted.
Then I let the board dry for several hours before wiping it down with a couple of coats of food safe mineral oil.
It's amazing how the wood just drinks in the moisture.
All of your wooden breadboards and wooden spoons should be moisturized with food safe mineral oil periodically in order for the wood not to dry out.
You can find food safe mineral oil in the pharmacy section of most stores.
I love my new breadboard and will enjoy it, not just for its good looks, but for its intended purpose!