Cornhole DIY: Painting! (pt. 2)

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Welcome to part two of the cornhole series.

This part will cover the designing and painting of the cornhole boards.

Part one covered the building of them (sans pictures, unfortunately).

Part three covers making the bags (with pictures, yay!).

Items Needed:

  • Paint!
  • Paint roller & brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Ruler (yard length)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Clear varnish
  • Wood Filler (optional)

We (my husband & I collaborate on most DIY) did not use wood filler, but if you choose to do so, you will use it to fill the holes where the screws are on the top of the board. Then, you will want to scrape it even with the board. Let dry.

For the base coat, we used some white latex paint we had on hand. We painted the tops & sides with two coats.

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Once that dried, we taped out our design. For this set, we decided to do an easy geometric design of a rectangle. To do this, we measured from the edge of the board towards the inside and marked how thick we wanted our border. For example, 3 inches wide.

Do this all the way around the board every 6 inches or so. Once marked up, you will want to use these marks as a guideline for where to place your painter’s tape. You can also use the ruler to help guide your straight lines. Make sure it is stuck!

For the paint here, we bought some of the sample size Valspar paints from Lowe’s. Then, paint within the rectangle you just taped out. Be careful at the tape line, as painter’s tape is not foolproof.

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Let dry, then pull the tape off.

 

Ta-Da! Pretty & simple cornhole boards!

DIY Cornhole Boards - Instruction on how to make and paint your own

If you want to put a logo, initials, or any other design on top of this, now is the time to do it.

Next, you will want to put two coats of clear paint on the top & sides of the board. This is to help protect your paint job from the bags that will be thrown at it. Believe me, if you put a lot of work into making them pretty, you will want them protected. You could do more coats of clear if unsure.

And that is it for the boards – they are done!

DIY Cornhole Boards - instructions on how to make and paint your own

 

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