Button Checker Board TUTORIAL {cottage chic style}

Button Checkers Tutorial
Cottage Chic Distressed Checker Board
I hardly remember how to play checkers, but I sure had fun making this cottage chic distressed checker board with button pieces!  I was cleaning out my garage and stumbled across my current checker board–BORING and frankly, quite ugly!
So I made my own, and now you can too!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Wooden plaque {available at Michael’s} mine is 6×6 and was about $1.50
Acrylic paint in the colors of your choice {I used turquoise and off-white}
Painter’s tape
Paint brush
Sand paper
I didn’t have off-white paint on hand so I mixed tan with white to get my desired color.
Paint the plaque a thin coat of the white.  You can even add a tiny bit of water to the paint to give it the white washed look.
I like that you can still see the wood grains through the paint.
A checker board is 8 squares by 8 squares {64 total squares}.
You will need to measure off your boxes.  Take the number of inches long of your plaque and divide it by 8.  This will give you the necessary width of each of your boxes. For example: if your plaque is 6×6 inches, take 6 inches divided by 8 boxes and you get .75.  This means each box will be 3/4 of an inch wide.
Use your ruler and pencil to mark off your measurements on all four sides.
Now connect all the lines.
Once you have all your grid lines marked off you are ready to begin painting your squares.  In order to get straight lines you will need to tape off each box with painter’s tape.
Use VERY little paint when painting in your colored boxes, otherwise the paint will more like run under the tape {and it won’t look as distressed}.
Once you have all your boxes painted, make sure they have dried completely.
Take your sandpaper and begin to distress your checker board.
Sand extra hard on the edges.  I sanded enough to be able to see some of the original wood color.
See how much lighter my turquoise boxes are now?
And you can see the wood grains {which I LOVE}.
Take your pencil and go over any remaining pencil lines.
Go over the checker board with the sand paper again to remove the excess eraser goopies.
And there you have it!
Your very own cottage chic checker board.
Now you just need to pick out your favorite button checker pieces!
And check mate!
Oh wait, that’s chess…

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    cute…but how do u make the button a king? You cant turn it over or add a piece- maybe if you make circle buttons and when you are kinged you trade it out for a heart button??

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    Wow! This is absolutely adorable! Love the pictures and the colors you used 🙂

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