Hide Countertop Clutter

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35 Minutes

Today I am going to share a clever way to cover up the clutter on your kitchen counter.

Cutting boards can be found easily at the Dollar or Thrift store and this cutting board craft uses a few to make something super handy.  

For this project, I started with three cutting boards that are average size and width that I picked up at my local Dollar Store. 


The first thing I did was to paint the boards with a light coat of Milk Paint. I loved their wood grain, but they were a little too yellow for me. I made sure to cover both sides and inside the handle.  

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Once the paint was applied, I used a damp cloth to wipe it back. This gave the wood a whitewashed effect.  

When the paint was dry on all three of the cutting boards, I took some sandpaper and gave the edges a light sand. I love the look of aged things so wanted to give them a little bit of that aged feel.  

Before assembling the boards, I also rubbed on a coat of Hemp oil. The Hemp oil makes a wonderful finish for milk paint or chalk paint to protect it.  

To assemble the boards, I worked with the backs, lining them up so that the bottoms were all even. 

Next, I took some reclaimed hinges that I had and placed two of them in between each of the boards. Make sure that the raised part is facing out and not placed in between the boards because it will create too much of a gap.  

Once I have my hinges in place, it was time to add some screws to hold them permanently where they were. I placed several screws in and then double-checked to make sure that the bottom of all three boards still lined up.  

When I had checked to make sure they were all level, I added the remaining screws.  

With the boards secured together, it was time to slip them into place and cover up a cluttered corner of my kitchen counter. The clutter cover was easy to move in and out and is perfect to conceal all of that stuff that I didn’t want to see.  

This cutting board craft was so fun and was a great way to use some Dollar Store cutting boards in a new way. I hope the next time you're there, you'll grab some and make your own clutter cover to help keep your kitchen organized. I also want to thank KLC on Hometalk for inspiring this project.

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  • Sherri williams Sherri williams on Jun 18, 2022

    Wouldn't it be simpler to just clean up the pile of clutter? Haha! No I can see where this would be useful to block off an ugly to toaster or appliance, or pile of charging cords or something. I just think it's funny to spend all that time and effort to avoid cleaning up clutter! ;)

  • Su Su on Jan 08, 2024

    How about the center one as a chalk board for fun message or MEAL OF THE DAY!!!

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  • Teresa Ross Teresa Ross on Jan 09, 2024

    I am going to do this the next time I am near the dollar store. I have a VERY SMALL kitchen with little real storage space. I leave the toaster, can opener, air frier, coffee maker and ninja foodi out on the counters. I have no other options. I would LOVE to store them out of sight but that just isn't possible. I love this idea and will also look for the double hinges as I love the thought of being able to lay it flat. Oh and the chalk paint on them as well. Thanks for this easy fix. Not all of us are blessed with a pantry or large cupboards!

  • Sarah Sarah on Jan 10, 2024

    Love it, I’m going to make it!!