DIY Cutting Board Holder for a Cabinet Door

Are you looking for a place to put your cutting boards?  I have been storing mine on my counter tops, but I have been wanting to de-clutter the look in my kitchen lately, so I came up with this nifty idea for a DIY Cutting Board Holder that fits neatly behind my cabinet door.This DIY Cutting Board Holder for a Cabinet Door is simple to do and keeps baking racks and cutting boards out of site but easily accessible.

My husband and I are in the process of redoing our kitchen. I have a tiny gallery kitchen and every inch of space in it is important.  We just finished making over my kitchen pantry, and changed it from an overstuffed closet to a wonderful walk in pantry.  You can read about how we did this here.

Counter space in my kitchen is at a real premium.  There are certain appliances that I use all the time and I need to have them out.  But having just a few feet of counter space means that anything that takes up room that doesn’t need to means that I have less room to actually use the space.  So, even though I use my cutting boards daily, I still wanted them out of the way.  As an added plus, once we install a new back splash, we will be able to enjoy the way it looks instead of having it hidden behind plain cutting boards!My cutting boards used to be stored on the counter tops

As I was pondering my lack of space, the idea of using the back of a cabinet door came to mind, so Richard and I started measuring and cutting and came up with a great little DIY Cutting Board Holder that keeps them very handy, but also gives me back a bit of my much needed counter space.

It’s time to make this DIY Cutting Board Holder.

This tutorial contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.  To make this holder, you will need the following supplies:


We had a lot of wood left over from the shelving that we used for the pantry make over, so it was just a question of deciding how large we wanted the holder to be and cutting the wood in those sizes.  For my unit the sizes for the pieces of wood were these:

  • 2 pieces of 9 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 5/8″ for the side edges
  • 1 piece of 14 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 5/8″ for the bottom edge
  • 2 pieces of 14 1/4″ x 5/8″ x 5/8″ for the front holding strips

Cutting the side pieces and front sections from left over wood was the first step

Next we drilled holes for the screws and attached the side pieces to the bottom edge.Screws hold the side pieces to the bottom of the holder

The front pieces got attached to the cutting board holder frame with some small nails.  A quick measure with a carpenter’s square showed us whether it needed adjusting so that it would sit well on the cabinet door.

We attached the front braces and checked to see how square the holder was.

Next came a bit of sanding with some sand paper to give the edges a smooth finish and another quick measure with a small spirit level. 

The unit needed to be sanded and then measured to see if it was level

It’s almost done!  The DIY Cutting Board Holder got a few coats of white paint to match the inside of my cabinet doors.  Then we drilled some holes for the brackets that will attach the unit to the cabinet door.  At this point, we also removed the cabinet door to make mounting the unit easier.

Front sections will hold the cutting boards in place and all that is needed is a fresh coat of paint

We used Stanley 1″ x 3/4″ chair braces to attach the DIY Cutting Board Holder to the cabinet door. They had a smooth, rounded look to the and seemed less industrial looking than normal L shaped brackets. Since we had the holes drilled for the screws, it was easy to do.  First we attached the braces to the cabinet door, and then to the unit itself.

Chair braces were used to attach the holder to the cabinet door.

Ta da!! The DIY Cutting Board Holder is attached.  But then I thought “It’s very functional, but not too pretty. What can I do to jazz it up a bit?

The cutting board holder is attached to the cabinet door

I thought of a few things.  At first, I was going to get out some stencils and just hand paint a design on the sides of the DIY Cutting Board Holder.  But then I found some adorable dimensional stickers at Michael’s craft store.  Amazon also has some similar dimensional stickers here. They were perfect!  My set had a Kitchen Aid mixer, some cookies, an apron, a rolling pin and lots of other kitchen designs.  How adorable they are and just perfect for my project!  This made finishing off the project so much easier and faster than hand painting. Don’t you think?

Dimensional stickers will decorate the sides of the cutting board holder and add some jazz to it.

I played around with the stickers a bit to decide just where to put them and came up with my design. Since these stickers are meant for scrapbook projects and I thought they might not stick well to this painted surface, I decided to use a hot glue gun to attach them to my DIY Cutting Board Holder.The dimensional stickers adds a nice touch to the cutting board holder

I cut some of the stickers into two and ended up with enough to cover the visible side of the DIY Cutting Board Holder as well as the two front braces.  I didn’t worry about the right side, since it will not show when the door is opened to get the cutting boards.DIY Cutting Board Holder for a Cabinet Door

Here is the holder attached to the cabinet doors.  It holds my cutting boards and wire baking racks in place, gives me a bit of much needed counter space and looks cute as can be.  I am delighted with the way it came out.  DIY Cutting Board Holder for a Cabinet Door

Would you like some more DIY inspiration?  Please visit my Home Decor DIY board on Pinterest.

Where do you store your cutting boards? I’d love to hear about your ideas in the comments below.

DIY Cutting Board Holder for a Cabinet Door
 
Ingredients
  • 5 pieces of wood (see measurements below)
  • 2 pieces of 9½" x 2½" x ⅝" for the side edges
  • 1 piece of 14¼" x 2½" x ⅝" for the bottom edge
  • 2 pieces of 14¼" x ⅝" x ⅝" for the front holding strips
  • White paint
  • Screws and nails
  • Stanley chair braces x 4 (1" x ¾")
  • Small spirit level
  • T square
  • Drill
  • Dimensional stickers with a cooking design.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
Instructions
  1. Attach the side and bottom braces together using screws.
  2. Fasten the smaller pieces of wood to the front with nails.
  3. Paint the whole unit white. Check to see if it is both level and square.
  4. Fasten the chair braces to the cutting board holder first and then to the back of the cupboard door.
  5. Attach the dimensional stickers to the side and front of the cutting board holder with a hot glue gun.
  6. Add your cutting boards and enjoy.
 

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