What I did with My Scrap Butcher Block

I’ve been really busy this week putting the finishing touches on the kitchen, working on the attached back entryway and cleaning up the house. My plan is all coming together….finally! Plus, for the first time in 3 months my dining room isn’t dust covered workshop. HUGE progress!

One unexpected bonus from the kitchen project was the piece of scrap butcher block that came out of the sink cut out. Somehow I hadn’t thought about it until my step father was handing me this lovely big chunk of wood in his workshop after he made the cut.

I wanted to make it into a serving board/centerpiece for my dining room table, so I decided to put handles and feet on it.

My original idea was to get some funky drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby, but then I realized that I would have to drill the holes all the way from the bottom up AND keep them perfectly straight – and I figured the odds of that happening were SLIM to NONE, which is a town nearby Not a Chance in Hell.

I settled on some big chunky industrial pulls that I could mount from the top:

scrap butcher block

I wanted a more natural look than the counters in the kitchen have, so I skipped the Waterlox and just treated it with a few coats of mineral oil. I spray painted the pulls and the feet with oil rubbed bronze spray paint and attached everything:

 Butcher block serving tray - I turned the scrap butcher block from my kitchen sink cut out into a cool serving tray

I thought it looked a little plain, so I added some jute to the handles:

jute covered tray handles

It came out great!

 Butcher block serving tray - I turned the scrap butcher block from my kitchen sink cut out into a cool serving tray

This will make a terrific base for seasonal centerpieces – I could pile it with pumpkins and gourds in the fall and pine boughs and pine cones for the holidays. Maybe just a mass of ivory pillar candles in different heights? I can picture a lot of different scenarios.

But this one is my favorite:

 Butcher block serving tray - I turned the scrap butcher block from my kitchen sink cut out into a cool serving tray

Because I didn’t treat the wood with anything funky, I can pile it up with deliciousness for cocktail parties.

 Butcher block serving tray - I turned the scrap butcher block from my kitchen sink cut out into a cool serving tray

Since I had a good amount of real estate to work with, I topped the tray with two serving pieces made out of flattened wine bottles (a gift from my sweet friend Joanna) to add some interest.

I was debating about adding the bun feet or not, but I’m really glad I did – raising it up gives it a little more presence.

 Butcher block serving tray - I turned the scrap butcher block from my kitchen sink cut out into a cool serving tray

BTW – If you’re having friends over for drinks, this is a fantastic set up and it takes no time at all to assemble. This is what I included on mine: 3 kinds of cheese, grapes, almonds, roasted red pepper hummus, crostini, asiago stuffed peppers, prosciutto, peppered salami, gorgonzola stuffed olives and assorted crackers:

 Butcher block serving tray - I turned the scrap butcher block from my kitchen sink cut out into a cool serving tray

Insta-Party! You’ll be the Hostess with the Most-est and you won’t even have to turn on the oven or break a sweat.

(WOW, we got a little side tracked there, didn’t we? Maybe I need to start planning my next cocktail party…)

Anyone else suddenly hungry?  😀

 Butcher block serving tray - I turned the scrap butcher block from my kitchen sink cut out into a cool serving tray

I’m linking this project up at some terrific blog parties – you can find my complete list of places I party HERE. 
Cheers Julie Signature

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Julie is a serial entrepreneur, marketer, former newspaper columnist, black belt bargain hunter, voracious reader, gardener, music lover, foodie, wino, avid party thrower, hopeless romantic, closet Parrot Head and DIY machine.

  • Great re-purposing! Very ingenious use of a scrap. Visiting from DIY Like a Boss party.

    • Julie

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Clever! I love how it turned out.

    • Julie

      Thanks Keri!!

  • This looks so gorgeous! What an awesome use of scrap items!

    • Julie

      Thanks Morgan! 🙂

  • I love this! What a great ‘tray’ for hors d’oeuvres! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

    • Julie

      Thanks Lori!! 🙂

  • What a fabulous tray and such a great way to use your scraps!

    • Julie

      Thanks Lynn! I appreciate you stopping by.

  • Ok I admit it, I had leftover butcher block from Ikea when we did our butlers pantry, and I wanted to do something similiar to this, but one year later? That piece is still laying downstairs. LOL Loving yours!

    • Julie

      It’s not too late!! 🙂

  • I love upcycles! This is awesome! I’m on the look out for old cutting boards at the thrift store. This would be great for all the summer parties. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

    • Julie

      Thanks for stopping by Michelle! 🙂

  • Great upcycle Julie – thank you for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday

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  • vicky

    I can’t find the feet. are they available at a big box store ?

    • Hi Vicky! Yes – I got them at Lowe’s, they were the smaller sized bun feet.

  • vicky

    I will try another Lowes. Checked one but nothing that small.

  • What a great way to make use of the scrap butcher block. It looks great! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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    I love how this turned out! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at Happiness Is Homemade Link Party!