Several weeks ago I started making a checkerboard, but stopped when I couldn’t decide what to use for checkers. I also wasn’t wild about my homemade checkerboard, so I set it aside thinking I would come back to it, and make it better or different when inspiration struck.
I was reminded of my checkerboard a week or so ago when I was reading this post by Audra at Reduce, Reuse, Renewed. I liked how she used rocks as checker pieces, and thought I might do the same. Then a minute or two passed, and so did thoughts about my homemade checkerboard.
It wasn’t until last week when I was working on the Magnets from Repurposed Bits and Pieces that I thought, “I wonder what else I have that I could make into a magnet.” I looked through my junk, and came across some tile that we pulled off the living room floor several months ago.
As quickly as I thought they would make a cool magnet, inspiration struck, and I knew they would be perfect in making a checkerboard, and that’s the long thought process on this simple project.
Here’s just some of the tile I have to work with. Some of it has been broke, but a lot of it is still good and just needs to be cleaned up a bit.
To start I soaked the pieces of tile in soapy water for about 10 minutes. I then, drained the water and set the tile out, to let it dry. Then I took 80 grit sandpaper and sanded some of the mortar off the backs. I didn’t bother getting them super clean as you can see in the picture below. (I chose to go this route rather than buying mortar remover)
I wanted to make this quick and easy, so I decided to use the Cow Table to attach the tile to, instead of building a board.
The table and 64 pieces of tile were painted using homemade chalk paint. I referenced this post from Anderson and Grant when making this homemade chalk paint. I had these sample jars in my paint stock; they were both $1 each at Lowe’s. The navy one was on the oopsy shelf and the Frappe color was among many that were marked down right before Christmas. I sanded and painted the table the Frappe color. 32 pieces of tile were painted the Frappe color and the other 32 pieces navy.
After all the tiles were painted, I measured the tile and table to try to get it as centered on the table as possible.
When I had the tiles where I wanted them I traced around the entire square of tiles with a pencil. Then I started hot gluing tile pieces on the table using the penciled line as a guide.
Next I wanted to seal the tiles, so I spray the table top with Rust-oleum Crystal Clear Enamel spray, and it gave me the glossy finish I was looking for.
I finished the table by stenciling some embellishment to the skirt of the table.
Now that the table was finished I needed checkers. I had a dowel rod from an old project that was no longer being used, so I cut up 30 pieces. Checkers only uses 24 pieces in total, but I cut 6 extra checkers for when we lose some. Notice I didn’t say “if” we lose some. 😉
Here it is all set up to play. What do you think? Has this inspired you to make your own checkerboard? Who usually wins at checkers in your family?
Sometimes projects are straight and narrow, and other times they get cross-referenced with 2 dozen other projects before they are ever finished. By the way, I’ll show you the magnets I made with these tile on Wednesday. Also I’m planning on making a few pieces of wall art with this old tile, so make sure you sign up for the email list, so you don’t miss out on these upcoming projects.
Thanks for sharing!!
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