Saturday, August 31, 2013

How to Paint a DIY Checkerboard Coffee Table

DIY Checkerboard Coffee Table - and a "how-to" paint it.

This is a repost of a cute make-over that I wanted to share again, now that people are actually reading my blog!

The other night on the way home I stopped in at my now FAVORITE thrift shop - (this place will wash your car for you in the parking lot while you shop for $5!!!!) and picked up a little square coffee table VERY similar to this:


The one that I bought had slightly thinner legs.

In my UBER excitement to CREATE - I forgot to take the 'before picture' - so I'm cheating with this picture.  

I started by sanding it and painting two coats of my "homemade" chalk paint on it.  I used a sample "OOPS" pot of dark gray paint that I got at Home Depot for .50 (thanks to my son for talking me into buying all the OOPS paint!) and added my Plaster of Paris and water to it. 
Then I measured and taped off my board.  This is the part that I was seriously overthinking...the math equations were flying around my head til it hurt... In the end, I marked the middle and measured 1"out from there on each side and taped.  Then, I continued to tape every 2" inches - as I wanted 2" squares... 

I then used a foam brush to dab on a light gray in my checkerboard pattern.  When the paint dried, I had to tape over the light gray spaces I just painted to get the criss cross pattern and repeated.

It's drying right now.  I'm going to try and add my border tonight.  I'll distress the table and wax it and finish the top of with a polyacrylic seal so it's durable. 

Here is the final outcome....

Complete with wooden checker pieces I found at Goodwill for $1. 

What do you think?

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  1. It turned out so well!!!!! Such talent ;)

  2. This checker table is awesome and what a great painting job you did!

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    Have a wonderful week~
    Sharon and Denise!

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    1. Thanks Susan.... It sold right away, which really disappointed my son! lol....

  4. Cool project Suzie! Thanks for stopping by. I'm following you now too!

  5. That is super awesome! I would love to have a coffee table like this in my living room to play checkers whnever we want!

  6. This is so cute! Following you on Pinterest, and google+ and liked your FB page :).

  7. I love your little checker board table and I would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know

  8. I had this same brilliant idea after my husband decided he HAD to use an old oak square coffee table in our new lake home. I knew I would need to repaint it & thought the checker board would be fun but I don't know how to make chalk paint nor what wax to use. If you can offer suggestions (please!) email me Wendy at !

  9. I really like your table, but I am confused about the number of squares... I would like to do a similar project, but only see standard checkerboards as 8 squares by 8 squares. Yours is 9 by 8 .. and the way you have it set up shows 14 black checkers and only 13 red checkers. (Black is winning before they even start :-) ) Does anybody have any rules they can send me?

    1. There is one row too many. It should be square.

  10. I really love this table. I have been trying to do it with actual 2"wood blocks but would have to sand them and that tasks away from color. So glad I found you blog.thanks a million

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  12. Thanks Anonymous for asking that question. I am going to make a checkerboard for a Christmas gift and love this simple tutorial. Did realize this is 9 squares by 8 squares and wondered why. Do love this look and (hopeful) ease of making.

  13. going to give it a try!!! Wish me luck!!!!!