I adore DIY projects! I love finding curbside finds and using nothing more than
unicorns and baby sloths paint and creativity to transform something from trash into an idol-worthy object. I love the feeling that I took something destined for the landfill and transformed it into an something beautiful and functional. You know, like I did HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. However, it’s a thousand time easier to do DIY projects in the summer months than the rest of the year. Why? Because:
- Fall, winter and spring are wet.
- Oregon gets 43 minutes of usable daylight.
- Smelly projects can be made inoffensive by the simple act of opening a window.
- Spray paint is great for a backyard project and grounds for divorce in the house.
So yeah . . . summer is better for DIY. However, I’ve been able to sneak a couple of minor DIY projects into my dark and damp Oregon days. Nothing that normal bloggers would feel are worthy of inclusion into their perfect life blogs; but I am Katy Wolk-Stanley, and I am far from perfect.
Today’s project was to rejuvenate my cutting boards. As a labor and delivery nurse, I am very familiar with mineral oil. (Don’t make me explain it to you!) And my drier-than-the-Israeli-Negev-desert boards were mocking me at every turn.
“Hey there, Katy. Is there any reason why we must sit here all dry and neglected? Is it that you don’t love us? Must you be such an awful human being?”
My cutting boards are jerks.
However, I had stopped into the pharmacy at work, where a bottle of mineral oil caught my eye. DIY supplies + an employee discount?! Hell, yes! Armed with my $3 bottle of mineral oil, I took out my cutting boards and got to work. First off was a light sanding, and making sure that the board was bone dry. (Don’t want to trap moisture in the board!) BTW, I used a scrap of cut up old T-shirt for the rubbing of the oil, which I simply tossed at the end. Dry board:
And the completed oily-but-not-too-oily board:
This DIY Project may seem like a no brainer, and really it is. But so often people do not take the steps to maintain their belongings, which means that they end up replacing things that should have lasted for years. Also, used wooden cutting boards are super easy to find in the second hand market. A quick sanding and a wipe down with mineral oil is all it takes to bring it back to life. And that bottle of mineral oil? It will last me until the end times.
I may not be able to spray paint in November, but I can still find satisfying little projects around the house.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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