For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to create a chess/checkerboard table for our own family room, so how excited was I to see one of my cousins actually take on this project herself ! I’m lucky to be Stephanie’s cousin by marriage, and I just love how with a little ingenuity, she transformed someone else’s discarded end table into a chess game table with two types of stain and imagination !
The best part is, this was her first DIY project. Bravo Stephanie !
Here is Stephanie’s DIY story:
“I found this table no one wanted next to a dumpster and I thought it would be fun to transform it into a chess/checkerboard table, an idea inspired by a table at my local coffee shop.
The table had a lot of water marks, the finish was peeling, and one panel of the table was uneven. So, a friend and I brought it home and set to work to transform it.
We sanded the table top and used steel wool to get into the crevices on the side. Tinted wood filler was used for any nicks or scratches.
Once a damp cloth was used to wipe down the entire table, we drew all the squares on the table using L-square rulers. Our table had 2" squares and a 1.75" border.
We chose two types of stain, a natural and a darker stain (Jacobean) and applied the stain with small paint brushes.
The lighter stain was runnier than the dark, so it seeped into the wood grain. However, the darker stain was thicker and able to cover where the lighter stain had bled beyond the lines.
Once the stain was dry, I then sprayed the entire table with a clear satin wood finish.
Finally, I ordered over-sized wooden chess pieces online for less than $40 from Wholesale Chess.
Since this is my first DIY project, I’m really very happy with the result !”
Didn’t Stephanie do an amazing job? And it’s her first DIY project ! I love this idea of a game table in a family room – a chance to take a break between commercials and challenge friends and family members to a sporting contest !
If you want to attempt something similar for your own home, you’re certainly not limited to stain. Think about all of the fun paint colors that could be use to transform any end table or coffee table into game table ! Nicely done Stephanie !
What creative uses or plans do you have to transform a discarded item ? Do share !