I came into possession of a solid oak Mission / Arts & Crafts style table a few months ago. It has a nice simple look to it and it is very heavy and solid. For me, the problem with it was it’s dimensions. It is 28 inches in diameter and 29 inches tall. At that height, it is a bit too high to be an end or side table because it is really the height of a dining table. There is no lower shelf, making me wonder if it is meant to be sat at. So I left it, waiting to be inspired.
A few weeks ago, we had a mild day and I took the opportunity to take a few pieces outside to either strip or sand or in the case of this table both. I could see the oak grain was very nice and thought about staining the top and painting the bottom for that good ole Pottery Barn look. But what can it be used for?
Then I had an idea! After a quick look around Pinterest and the internet, I decided it would make a great chess or checkers table.
I began by applying my favourite walnut stain to the center area of the top, where the checkered pattern would be.
Instead of using masking tape, I took my chances with dollar store Con-Tact paper I already had. I proceeded to cut out 32 two inch squares with my Fiskars paper cutter,
Using my carpenter square, I began to stick the squares in place over the stained area. Then I painted the open squares with my favourite black, Black Suede by Behr. (It could be a favourite because I already have it LOL)
I was very pleased with the cheapo Co-Tact paper. It worked very well! I masked off the square and used homemade chalk paint made with the Black Suede and painted the rest of the table. I only needed one coat because I didn’t care if any wood showed through. I lightly distressed it and applied a bit of stain to the exposed areas.
To make the “board” stand out I masked the perimeter and painted a gold border, using basic craft paint I had on hand.
Next came the THREE coats of varathane to protect the surfaces.
Once again, I was able to pull this together with paints and stuff I already had! The table came in an Estate Sale lot with a few other tables so I would estimate I paid about $15 for this beauty!