Resin cheese board DIY – How to paint a cheese board with resin

Resin painting cheese board

by Myléne Hillam

What better way to serve appetizers at your next get together than by making your own resin cheese board?  Not only are these fun to make, but your guests will be asking how you made it!

Supplies for this resin cheeseboard project:


Before beginning, you will need to do two things:

*Protect your workspace with plastic. A painter’s drop sheet works well for this. If you don’t have one of these, here are some other ideas for surfaces resin won’t stick to.

*Have disposable cups to elevate the cheese paddle to allow resin to flow over the edges and drip onto the protected work surface.

cover cheese board with plastic and secure with tape

Step 1

Mask off the handle and a couple of inches of the cheese paddle using the painter’s tape with drop-down sheet. Open out the plastic and cover the center of the paddle. This will be the back of the cheese paddle.

smooth tape onto board to make sure no resin leaks underneath

Step 2

Burnish the tape onto the paddle paying particular attention to the edge. This will help reduce the chance of resin seeping underneath it.

measuring resin in a cup

Step 3

Measure the amount of resin and hardener you will need for this project into separate cups. The amount you need will depend on the area you want to cover. I measured out a total of 2 1/2 ounces (total) which was more than I needed.


mixing resin in a cup

Step 4

Mix the two parts together for 3 or 4 minutes until it is completely combined.

adding purple pigment to resin


Step 5

Pour about half of the resin into two smaller cups. To the first one, add one drop of purple pigment. To the second cup, add three drops of red pigment. Add several drops of white pigment to the large cup.


resin colored with pigments

Because Resin Obsession pigments contain epoxy resin, you will need to thoroughly mix the pigment into each cup of resin.

pouring white resin over the cheese board handle

white layer of resin on cheese board handles

Step 6

Pour the white resin over the handle and spread it right out to the edges with the long side of the stir stick, allowing it to flow over.

pouring colored resin onto white resin

Step 7

Pour the purple and red resin diagonally across the surface of your resin cheese board.

using a heat gun to apply heat to poured resin

Step 8

Apply the heat gun to the surface of the resin. You’ll notice a lot of bubbles pop but the main reason for using the heat gun is to blend the colors and create some feathering.

using a toothpick to apply gold leaf to poured resin

Step 9

Use a tooth pick to pick up pieces of the gold leaf and place it onto the resin to create veins. Use the path that colors have flowed in as a guide.

applying resiblast to wet resin

Step 10

Optional:  Apply a few drops of dispersion media to the resin. The best cells are created where the colors join as the Resi-BLAST will make the layers of color disperse.  Be careful here as too much dispersion media can cause divots and pitting.

Once you have your resin cheeseboard the way you like it, set it aside where it will be undisturbed for about two hours.

Step 11

After two hours, draw a toothpick through the overflow on the drop sheet. If the line in the resin remains, proceed to the next step. If the resin flows back together, leave it to set longer. The time it take the resin to reach this point will be dependent on the ambient temperature so keep checking every half hour or so.

removing tape from cheese board when resin is partially cured.

Step 12

Gently pull the tape away from the paddle and remove the masking tape. Any rough edges should smooth back out leaving a clean edge. Allow the resin to cure completely overnight.

using a tissue to wipe up excess resiblast

Step 13

Use the Kleenex to wipe off any excess dispersion media (if you used it) from the resin.

applying tape to the side of a cheese board before pouring resin

Step 14

Now it’s time to work on the front of the paddle. Apply painter’s tape to the side edges of the paddle. Burnish the top edge of the tape well.

preparing a cheese board to pour resin

Step 15

Mask off the handle and a couple of inches of the paddle using the painter’s tape with the drop-down sheet as you did in step one. Try to align it with the resin on the back.

Repeat the steps above to coat the front with resin.

Leave the resin to cure fully before using the cheese paddle.

How to make a resin cheese board

I love how the colors come together on this resin cheeseboard.  The gold leaf really helps to make it look very posh.

DIY resin cheese board

To care for your resin cheese board, clean only with a damp cloth. Never immerse the timber or resin in water. The timber can be wiped down with cooking oil occasionally if needed.

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38 thoughts on “Resin cheese board DIY – How to paint a cheese board with resin

  1. Thank you for this great tutorial! Is this resin food safe? So, if someone cuts cheese or something on the resin part of the board, will it be safe?

    1. Can you use Art Resin instead of the Master Cast Resin? I have a lot of that on hand and would like to use it.

    1. MasterCast was chosen for this project as it is designed for coloring and applying to a flat surface.

  2. Hello 🙂 Is there something I can do so that the resin covers the edge completely? (the side of the board) I´ve done a couple but both ended up with a very thin sort of clear resin edge. Thanks!

  3. Hello, I am getting lots of small air bubbles appearing in my resin as it is drying.

    After I finish pouring there are no bubbles. I leave the chopping board it to dry, when I come back there are lots of tiny bubbles over the resin. How do I stop this from happening?

        1. Hi can thank you for the tutorial can I use acrylic paint and finish it with a coat of clear resin for a similar project

  4. Hello, love your cheese board! I have a quick question. When you removed the tape and the resin is supposed to settled back down so that it appears a move blended line with the board, mine didn’t exactly do that and so I have ended up with a rather blunt edge and some that’s a bit messy. Is there anything I can do with this?

    1. If the resin is fully cured, unfortunately no. You could always put down another layer of tape and try with another layer of resin.

  5. Yeah my edge didn’t look great after I took the tape off it was very sticky and some edges frayed and looked tacky. Luckily I saw you said not to wait til it cures to fix it. I tried it looks better but hopefully can sand down what I couldn’t get off and still look good

  6. I love your technique it may increase my business volume. Such great ideas can change the products look.

  7. Hi, how do u get all the residue, left over resin on the back of ur boards off? Do u sand it? I seem to have resin drip and residue under the tape? Thanks

  8. My resin drips off the board and the colors are very sheer. Is it because I’m using art resin? How do you make it thicker so it doesn’t drip off so quickly?

    1. Hi do you coat it after with a clear wouldn’t the bits you put the flecks on be rough? And eventually flake off?

    1. I haven’t made one before, but after reading some question, some of the excess bubbles may be coming from the wood. Wood can and have water in it, I would suggest heating the board at a low temperature for a couple of hours, let it cool and then pour on it. Also don’t use wood stir sticks.

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