You may remember the typewriter table that I got for FREE last week at a sale. I wasn't sure what to do with it, but I knew that I wanted to use it. Possibly as a side table. A fellow blogger suggested a game table. That sounded like fun.
When I cleaned the pantry last week, I just couldn't throw away this tin. I had no use for it, and it's pretty "holidayish". So, it sat on the counter for a few days...waiting for inspiration to hit.
I got started on the table. I sprayed painted the whole table a nice flat black. Then, I marked off the checkerboard pattern on the top. I used a ruler to center the grid pattern. By making a giant X from corner to corner, I found center, and worked from there. I also used the width of the ruler as the width of each square (because it was easy and worked well).
I used painters tape to mark off each square that I wanted to paint. (Make sure to press down on the edges of the tape so that the paint doesn't seep under the tape and ruin your straight line..does it sound like I know this from experience?) I used a nice caramel brown latex paint for my game board. I also taped off a nice thin line as a border for the entire game board. The painting must be done in steps, allowing for some drying time before you can move on to the next area that needs painted.
Look at my sweet game table!
And did you notice the tin? I spray painted that black too and hand painted "Checkers" across the top so that I have a nice handy place to keep the game pieces. I used some Magnetic game pieces from the Dollar store, they worked especially well on the metal table. I couldn't be more thrilled with the results.