Monday, March 25, 2013

Another Kitchen Tablet Holder

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about a very simple kitchen iPad / tablet holder using a vintage potato masher.  
After writing that post I was browsing through the Pottery Barn website and came across a tablet holder they are currently selling for $34.50.
(Pottery Barn)

Since I had this old cutting board that had a similar look ($1.00 thrift store purchase), I thought I would try and make my own version of the Pottery Barn holder.
In addition to the cutting board I also used a Scrabble tile holder,
and a child's building block.
I used wood glue and attached the Scrabble tile holder to the bottom front of the cutting board.
The building block was then glued to the back.
Once the glue dried I painted the holder white, sanded the edges and then stained the piece.
My knockoff was complete.....for under $2.00!
Thank you Pottery Barn for the inspiration!
Have a great week.

Jane

178 comments:

  1. Hi Jane, you did a great job. It is awsome and so simple to do. Thanks for sharing the idea. Renata

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  2. That's pretty awesome! Thanks PB for inspiring Jane, so she could inspire us!!

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  3. Handmade and professionally executed..love it!

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  4. How clever are you? I absolutely LOVE IT!!! Bravo!!

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  5. How super cute! I love yours way better than the PB!!

    Awesome!

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  6. Good one! You always have such creative ideas that are simple and look nice. And isn't it nice to make something cheaper and better than the mass marketed!

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  7. I agree, yours is FAR SUPERIOR!!

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  8. PB watch out. They don't stand a chance against your fabulous thrifty version. I love your creative use of all the junky parts!!

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  9. Love your version of the tablet holder! It is adorably cute AND functional!

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  10. Great job Jane! I like the block idea if you don't have an old trowel! Yours is way better than the PB version
    and now that I made one with the trowel I'm going to try yours with the block! Great job!
    Susan

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  11. Love this! So simple and creative.
    Love your version better! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. You are just awesome! I love that yours cost $2 and looks BETTER than the PB one!

    Jeanine

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  13. Genius, Love it. You are so creative!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sherie

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  14. I am TOTALLY impressed with this. Love it! I so wish my brain worked this way. Thankfully there are blogs like yours and people like you who help me cheat. haha..

    Blessings to you and thanks for the nice visit this morning.

    Amy

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  15. This is an awesome idea
    Love it.
    I think I'm going to have to give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Tam

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  16. Yours is WAY cuter than the one from Pottery Barn! This is perfect if you are using an online recipe and need to prop it up to see it while cooking/baking.

    I've been picking up Scrabble games when I see them for the letters and didn't know what to do with the letter holders. Glad I kept them! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  17. I love yours much much more then the PS one! So cute and I could see a Paris stencil on the board for me! Yes, I'm loving that holder!~
    hugs,
    Linda

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  18. Pottery Barn, beware of Mamie Jane!!!! Great job!

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  19. Oh this one is brillant....I never know where to put mine when in the kitchen....gotta go searching....

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  20. So clever ... that is just brilliant! I want to make one ... then I need to buy an i-pad!

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  21. Amazing!! And, I think your knock-off is even better looking than the original!

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  22. Was reading a recipe from my iPad last night — how frustrating! Thanks for the wonderful solution. Think I have one of my mom's old cutting boards that will work perfectly.

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  23. too cute!!! I have the stuff to make that....maybe...=)

    blessings
    barb

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  24. Great job! I like yours much better than pottery barns version!
    xx
    Anne

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  25. This looks SO great, Jane...you did a wonderful job on this!!

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  26. I wonder if something similar to this would work a cookbook holder? I would love your thoughts! THANKS!

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  27. I love it! I think it looks so much cuter than the PB one! :)

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  28. Hi Amy! I LOVE your version of the ipad holder. Beautiful. Have a great week and thanks so much for sharing. Maria

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  29. Jane! I'm so sorry, I can't believe I said "Hi Amy" My very bad. Apologies. :o( Maria

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  30. Jane, I love it! It's awesome! This would hold a cookbook very nicely, as well. Or a photo frame. Very versatile. Luv Luv!

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  31. No way! That is so cool. I'll be on the lookout for a cutting board now.

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  32. OK, I need to hunt for an old cutting board...shouldn't be too hard. I love your version..much more charming than PB's. I have so many recipes pinned on Pinterest, this would really come in handy for my iPad. Thanks Jane!
    xoxo
    Joyce

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  33. Very clever. It looks fabulous.

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  34. Another impressive creation! I love it!

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  35. What a simple, clever, inexpensive way to display an iPad! You are so crafty!

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  36. Oh my gosh you are so amazing!! This is so weird...My DIL saw this on Pinterest and told me about it...Look it was years!

    Carol

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  37. Jane- FANTASTIC copycat project! You did a GREAT job! xo Diana

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  38. ADORABLE, YOU ALWAYS COME UP WITH THE BEST RECYCLES, I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE IT , IF THAT WOULD BE OK PLEASE LET ME KNOW,
    LAUREN

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  39. Now Jane, that is really neat. This will be on my to-do list as I have lots of small cutting boards. Need to find a rack for the book. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  40. I was looking at these at Pottery Barn over the weekend and have been thinking that I need to make one. Love the white one that you made!!
    blessings,
    Cindy

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  41. You have done it again! Most of the time I see your creations I say to myself: "I had one of those (cutting board, or whatever it might be)....wish I still had it! Thanks you for sharing such a useful project.

    Mary

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  42. I love yours even more than the original!!! It's fabulous! Found you via Pinterest. :)

    Anna
    askannamoseley.com

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  43. I found this on pinterest. Had to tell you that I like yours better than pottery barn! GREAT job! : )

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  44. Your knockoff is so much better. I have clicked on several posts tonight that make me feel so uncreative. I love the ideas everyone comes up with.

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  45. WOOOOOOOOWWWWEEEEEEEE! So totally rad. :)

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  46. Oh my love the idea thank u so much for the tutorial I am a collector of cutting boards and have a ton of scrabble tile holders

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  47. Once more time... GENIUS! and I like yours better!

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  48. Oh my gosh.... everything you make is wonderful, but this one is over the top YUMMMMM-O! Love it. Going thrifting this weekend with my daughter.. I already have the scrabble bits, but I'll be looking for a cutting board while I'm out and about. So darn cute! BRAVO!

    Blessings,
    Spencer

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  50. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the Pinterest community. Your beautiful interpretation is far better than the one PB is selling.

    Since I now have an iPad, and all of the other materials you used, I think I know what I'm going to work on this week.

    Once again, thanks!

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  51. Adorable! Thanks for sharing this!

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  52. That is brilliant! You must be great at puzzles as your brain just seems to really click when it comes to putting things together. You are able to marry objects that have no relation to each other and come up with such wonderful, useful items. Hope all is well with you and your family. Have a great week. Tammy

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  53. Coming from Facebook and saw this, had to come by and see what you did. This is brilliant! And I love yours much better than PB!! It fits perfectly on the bread board! PB looks a little short! Awesome job.

    Linda

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  54. Good work Jane, looks better than the Pottery Barn one !
    Cheers Lyn

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  55. Brilliant! I found this post and therefore your blog through pinterest. Is it ok that I repin and share?

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  56. What a great DIY! I've been looking for the perfect solution for my tablet when I use it for recipes in the kitchen, and I may have just found it!! PINNED!

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  57. Perfect! I totally needed something like this in my kitchen! Thanks for the idea! Carrie

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  58. There you go again, being a genius! I like your version MUCH better than the original, theirs is a bit clunky, while yours is streamlined and elegant. What a great idea for reading recipes in the kitchen! You always amaze me!

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  59. What a wonderful idea! Thanks!

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  60. Hello, Jane! I've just discovered your blog and I am having a great time browsing through it!! Thanks for sharing all these awesome ideas! ;)
    Best wishes from Brazil!

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  61. OMGosh! I'm so doing this! It makes me nuts that I don't have a stand for my tablet and yet ALL of my recipes are stored on it.

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  62. It boggles my mind that you just happen to have the perfect pieces to make things lying around, can find them, and have the imagination to be wildly creative!

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  63. You said it Kim! She is awesome. So darn creative.

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  64. Love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  65. Awesome! No need to add anything else... lol :D Easter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  66. once again you amazed me this is just frieken fantastic...i don't have a pad but if i did i would want this!!!

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  67. Well, yours is much cuter and I need one. What a great idea.

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  68. Very cool.... but of course now you can only have a 3 player game of Scrabble. ;)

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  69. Jane....love the cutting board stand -- learned about it from a link on Decorating Ideas Made Easy blog, and I shared it forward on my blog -- Blairsvillager.com, and also on facebook. Gave you FULL credit. Love the idea --- You're awesome! ~Jo White

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  70. I'm in the process of making one of these per your instructions! I hope it turns out a good as your did.
    xo
    jeanne

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  71. Your version blows PB's out of the water! I love it, love it, love it.

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  72. I love this! So simple!! Totally going on my "to-make list"!!! Thanks!!!

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  73. yes! I cannot wait to make mine! Yours looks looks SO much better that Pottery Barns, Very Nice!!

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  74. so smart and good looking. You wouldn't even need to hunt a used cutting board, I'm sure you could get the materials new as well. Get even more creative with it! awesome idea! thanks for sharing :)

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  75. so smart and good looking. You wouldn't even need to hunt a used cutting board, I'm sure you could get the materials new as well. Get even more creative with it! awesome idea! thanks for sharing :)

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  76. Fantastic idea - love it. Really need one of these.

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  77. Wow! That is creative! I had not seen the PB one, but I love yours! Thanks for sharing! I'm pinning this one!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  78. This is such an excellent idea! I need this so bad. And I have that same wood cutting board complete with the split in the wood! Now I just need to keep my eyes out for the scrabble tile holder and the wedge block for the back. Love this!!

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  79. I like yours better than the one from the Pottery Barn! Great job. :)

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  81. Seriously Jane, you are the ultimate MacGyver of repurposing! This turned out so fabulous,I love that you used a scrabble tile holder, genius and the childrens block for the stand... seriously genius! You make me rethink getting rid of all of my assemblage treasures! I just don't have the time to recreate things right now and they are taking up a lot of space in the workroom, but then I see your posts like this and todays new shelf made from the table and I think I may regret getting rid of things. You are a wonderful inspiration. love, t.xoxoxoo

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  82. I mentioned your ipad stand on my blog! Check it out here:
    http://laurmelashouse.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-stand-for-ipad.html

    Love how you repurpose! I want to be you when I grow up!

    Toodles,

    Laura

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  83. I think it looks BETTER than the pricey Pottery Barn version!

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    1. PS: I wanted to let you know that I featured your awesome tablet holder in a blog post today as one of my favorite pins of the week!
      http://chattingoverchocolate.blogspot.com/2013/04/oh-how-pinteresting.html
      ... Have a fabulous day!

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  85. This is so perfect! It's simple yet adorable. I love finding something in a catalog and trying to find a cheaper version or create my own. Very creative idea using the scrabble holder. Great job!!

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  86. I just bought 12 scrabble letter holders on Ebay. We plan on making these are Christmas presents for all our friends with iPads! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  87. I like yours better than pottery barns!

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  88. Genius! I can't believe the simplicity but how much more amazing than the plain Jane pottery barn one. Thank you so much for sharing and just know I'm another one who intends to recreate this for my home!

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  89. this is awesome! And great that it's so cheap since the tablets aren't ;)

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  90. This is all over pinterest and I can see why-this is truly inspired and a brilliant version...way better than the PB one actually! Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm going to pin it now too!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
    www.natashainoz.com

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  91. Oh yes, your version is so much cuter than PB's! Pinning this for future Christmas gifts, or teacher gifts, or birthday gifts.... :)

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  92. Love, love, love! Pinned and am spotlighting on my FB fan page today.

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  93. I LOVE THIS! I am craft challenged, but I think even I can do this!

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  94. I LOVE THIS! I am craft challenged, but I think even I can do this!

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  95. I love this! It looks even better than PB.

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  96. You are genius, and this is awesome! I definitely need to try this for my kitchen makeover!

    xoxo Liz

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  97. This is so clever and your version is even better than theirs!

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  98. Love it! Now I need a cutting board!

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  99. Just discovered your blog. Loving the ideas

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  100. I SOO love this! I'm definitely going to make this one! It would make a fabulous gift for any occasion!

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  101. This is amazing!! Pinned it. Am loving your blog! Keep the inspiration coming! :-) Have a blessed day!

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  102. I actually like your kitchen holder more then Pottery Barn.

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  103. Yours LOOKS BETTER than the expensive store bought one!! I LOVE it!!
    I always use my iPad in the kitchen!
    Thanks for this fantastic idea!!
    "Pinned"

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  104. Yes, your knockoff is much nicer than the original!

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  105. I love this! I want to make it, but my question is, where can you get the scrabble tile holder without - you know - tearing apart your scrabble game! (am picturing my family trying to play scrabble with one of the tile racks missing) - ditto the triangle block, where can you get that - without having to buy a whole set of them?

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    1. You can get the Scrabble pieces from a Thrift store (I asked one of the ladies and she said she wouldn't mind selling me pieces of a game since most of them weren't complete anyways) and the wood block from any building supply or hardware store. Just ask if they have any leftover pieces you can have, or buy. Shouldn't be more than a $1. :)

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  106. OMG! I thought your was the PB one. I love it, so much nicer than PB

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  107. I love this! Thanks for sharing! It's genius the way you used the scrabble tile holder and children's building block. That's my favorite kind of project :) It also turned out beautifully, and would look great while reading recipes off your tablet in the kitchen.
    - Rachel http://www.linesacross.com

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  108. You are one smart cookie! LOVE THIS!

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  109. What a great combination of things and a great outcome! Love it!

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  110. Amazing! Your "knock off" is far superior to the original! Wonderful!

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  111. You truly have a gift for using things in ways that no one has done before. I follow a lot of blogs and they make cool stuff but you are so original. Awesome work.

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  112. You truly have a gift for using things in ways that no one has done before. I follow a lot of blogs and they make cool stuff but you are so original. Awesome work.

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  113. Yours is so much better than the original, I am inspired!

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  114. I am so impressed I saw this on Pinterest and had to tell you how much a love your project.

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  115. Your version is SO MUCH cuter than PBs!!!

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  116. Your version is SO MUCH cuter than PBs!!!

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  117. This is genius! I absolutely love it :) What kind of stain did you use???

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  118. ABSOLUTELY great !!
    Renata (Italy)

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  119. Awesome ~ Thanks for making and sharing!! Love it and must do it!

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  120. Anyone know what I can use if you can't find one of those child's block? Please HELP!

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  121. That is a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing :)

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  122. This is amazing... I was just thinking I needed something like this! Inspired!!

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  123. I definitely like yours better than the one from Pottery Barn!

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  124. gonna run out and find a tag sale:)

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  125. Ben onlari seviyorum güzel bir mutfak öğeleri.

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  126. This is SUCH a great project, I love it! I've featured it on Copycat Crafts today :) http://www.copycatcrafts.com/pb-inspiration-kitchen-tablet-holder/

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  127. Saw this on Pinterest and got a cutting board from the op shop today to give it a go! love the idea :D thanks x

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  128. Great! nice and wonderful.... its an amazing one i like it very much keep sharing this type of nice stuff... i like it very much.. http://www.technologyexplores.com

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  129. Love it more than the PB one! xoxoxo

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  130. Great idea! I have a fancy vintage book holder that I use but these would make fun gifts!

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  131. You need to add Pinterest buttons :)

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  132. I can't wait to try this! Can I ask why kind of paint and stain you used? I'm craft challenged, but really want to try this one!

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  133. ..and yours looks much more nicer than the Original! Congrats!

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  134. Just found your blog, love this and can't wait to make one.

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  135. Love your's so much better than Pottery Barn's. The distressed white makes it look more old fashioned. You did a fabulous job! Thanks for sharing. :0)

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  136. I was wondering what kind of stain you used I just love this and want to make it.

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    1. Hi Erin, the stain I used was Minwax. I believe the color was English Chestnut. Jane

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  137. What are the dimensions of the cutting board? URGENT!!

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    1. Hi Reneen, I am so sorry but I don't have the ipad holder anymore so I can't give you the exact dimensions of the cutting board. I would guess that it was probably around 9" x 12". Hope that helps. Jane

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  138. Aaaah! I am running out to the Thrift Store now on a cutting board search! SO CUTE! I'm not gonna lie...I'm picky...and yours is MUCH better than Pottery Barn's! :)

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  139. Did you use regular paint? Spray paint? Or acrylic paint? I started off with acrylic but it turned out TERRIBLE!

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  140. Totally Cute, I want to make this for my mom, she's a cook and is always watching her Ipad for new recipes in the kitchen! :) follow our blog: http://thesisterswood.blogspot.com it would look great after we engrave it :)

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  141. Just came across this on pinterest, and I looove it! Great idea!

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  142. Great idea. I'll make something like this :)
    Handyman

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  143. This is awesome, I was just looking today for something to hold my table upright. Thank you, thank you.
    Muriel

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  144. Hi Jane,

    I loved your post and it inspired me to make my own version with a modern twist.
    Check out my final product on my blog: http://www.bbanman.com/diy-ipad-stand-from-vintage-cutting-board/
    Of course, I linked back to your wonderful DIY.

    Thanks so much!

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  145. wow! this is so genius in its simplicity!! LOVE IT!!

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  146. Interesting and useful information that you have provided here on your page.So great to find this page.

    cake stand & tableware

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  147. Your version is an improvement on theirs; I was disappointed when I saw the inspiration piece (I thought the picture that attracted me to your site was perhaps the Pottery barn one). Boy was I happy when i realized i was wrong :)

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  148. I would pay you to make one for me-- msg me if you are up to it!
    Brilliant idea--

    www.KellyAnnStudio.com
    Blog: http://kellyannstudio.blogspot.com/

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  149. Yours is so much nicer than Pottery Barn's!! Awesome!!

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  150. I collect Scrabble letters for my grandkids who are homeschooled. We gesso the game boards and make up our own games, and I've used the tile holders for different things...BUT this is a brilliant use for them. I've been organizing my craft room and just happened upon a bag of about 24 of them, so I'm off to Goodwill tomorrow to find some cutting boards (or maybe I'll use wood from the garage and make my own!) Thanks for a terrific idea!

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  151. Where would you get that piece if you don't have scrabble... hahaha

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