When I was planning out the room design for House for Hope, I immediately knew I would need help.
I was responsible for furnishing the space and filling the room up and adding accessories and furniture and making giant tic tac toe boards for the wall.
All that furnishing and decorating and accessorizing is a lot.
So I turned to my friends.
One of the first companies that stepped up and said they would sponsor the room and help with the furnishings and partner with me to decorate the walls was FrogTape.
Of course they did.
They are super amazing like that.
We worked together last year to raise $5000 for the Humane Society with the imagination room and this year they are back again, helping me spread a little hope.
To say thank you, I created a fun project for the walls of the House for Hope family game room that allows you to play checkers vertically on the wall.
Here’s the DIY and how to make an oversized checker board that hangs on the wall.
Here’s the picture of the game board on the bookshelf in the room.
It’s four feet by four feet and actually hangs on the walls of the gameroom, but I can’t show you the entire space yet.
So I just put it up on the bookcase and took pictures.
The checker pieces are magnetized and you can move them around the board on the squares.
When it’s hung on the wall, each of the sets of checkers will be on the sides to allow players to stand on the floor and play.
It’s a fun interactive piece of art for the space.
Oversized Checker Board
48′ x 48″ piece of panel board (this board needs to be relatively thin to make sure the magnets work)
16 feet of 1″ x 2″ pine boards
24 round discs (I bought these in sets of four at Hobby Lobby)
96 small magnets
dark blue paint
light blue paint
Step 1: Prime and paint
Prime and paint your large board. We used SW Alabaster to paint the board after it was primed.
Frame out the board with the 1″ x 2″ boards.
Step 2: Tape off the boards
I used FrogTape for the project.
There are eight rows of eight squares on the checker board.
Allowing for the frame on the board, each of the squares measures 5 and 5/8.
You can tape off the project in different ways, but we started with the center squares first.
We painted every other square with gray paint.
Then we pulled off the tape, let the squares dry and taped off the outer squares on the board.
You could tape off every other square individually, but this made the taping process a little easier.
Step 3: Make the game pieces.
We painted 12 round discs dark blue and 12 round discs light blue.
A magnet was glued to the back of each one.
You want to get the strongest magnets you can to make sure the pieces stick to the board.
Step 4: Add magnets to the back of the board
We lined up the pieces on the front and glued a matching magnet to the back to hold the pieces in place.
I thought about using magnetic paint instead, but sometimes the paint doesn’t really hold that much of a magnetic charge.
Remember when gluing the magnets to use the same side on each piece. One side of the magnet attracts and one repels. You want to make sure all your magnets are going the same way to make it easy for the checkers to move from square to square.
I cannot thank FrogTape enough for helping to sponsor the room.
And inspiring me.
FrogTape and I have been friends for years and my heart still beats a little faster when I pull back the tape and the paint line is perfect.
Every. Single. Time.
So here’s to oversized game boards on wall.
Here’s to bringing checkers back.
And here’s to houses and hoping and making this world a little brighter place….
….one game piece at a time. 🙂
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