By Marie of Blooming Homestead for I Heart Nap Time.
Happy Summer Everyone! I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather as much as I am. Today I am sharing this DIY Checkerboard Game with a patriotic twist. We love hanging out indoors and outdoors during these warm summer months and playing games is always a favorite activity. There’s nothing like sitting on the porch enjoying the weather and a good game of checkers!
- Wood base cut into a square (mine was 13.5″x13.5″)
- Paint for checkerboard (I used a white wash for the base, and then went over the squares and edges with chalkboard paint)
- Checker pieces- I used wood stars at the craft store that I painted blue and red. You can use buttons, coins, really anything!
- Painters tape: Choose the size you want your squares to be (I used .94″ frog tape so that was the size of my squares)
Here is a step by step tutorial of how to easily paint your checkerboard. First you need to determine what size of checkerboard you want, including the edges. I wanted a wide border around the board to be covered in chalk paint for scoring with chalk. :) The typical checkboard has 64 squares, so you’ll want to measure it out to be rows of 8 squares by 8 squares.
- First, you’ll select you board, cut it to determined size, and sand it down. Next you’ll want to paint your board one of the colors of your squares. I wanted a whitewash so I painted that on and let it dry for a day to make sure the paint wouldn’t peel it up or have trouble adhering.
- Now you’ll start taping off your squares. Remember, you want it to be 8 squares x 8 squares. To start, you can find the middle of your board and start placing your tape.
- Keep adding the tape both horizontally and vertically. I used a scrap of tape at the top and bottoms on each side of the placed tape as a size guide to know where to place my next strip. Once you have all your “square” areas taped off you’ll start removing some of the tape.
- To make sure you get those crisp squares, you’ll want to use an exacto knife to gently remove sections of tape to make the squares in the checkboard pattern.
- Gently peel up cut squares. (I labeled my tape squares B for black and W for white so I would know which pieces to remove. (I ended up doing this backwards but it still worked)
- Next, you’ll add any additional tape you need to keep your edges crisp while painting.
- Now you’re ready to paint. Gently dab the paint in the open squares with a minimum of paint to prevent bleeding.
- You may need 2 coats, when the last coat is applied you can remove the tape. Let the paint dry completely.
- Now you can tape off your board and paint your edges. I also let that dry and then taped off an inner border that I painted with gold paint, but that is completely optional! Now your checkerboard is ready to go!
I love the chalk paint border, it adds an extra touch of fun to the game. Time to play!
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