Over-sized Outdoor Checker Board

You know that saying, “If walls could talk”? Well, I’ve decided that I’m going to start saying a different version.

In my home we will say, “If rugs could talk”. Because honestly, our rugs could do some serious chatting!

Especially the rug that sits under our kitchen table. Not only would it be able to tell you all about the conversations and the games and the coloring which have occurred around the table above but it also has been physically impacted by many, many, many encounters with things falling off of that table and leaving permanent reminders. Stains, stains, stains.

scotch blue tape outdoor checker board project

So many in fact that it was time for it to stop talking. Frankly, I think it was relieved!

But after rolling it up and setting it in the garage I just couldn’t bare to simply donate it. I felt that I owed it a chance at a second life. And when I received the opportunity to partner with 3M and use my all-time favorite,  ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape  I knew exactly how I was going to breathe life back into that old rug and give it some new stories to tell!

How to make an outdoor checker board atthepicketfence.com

 The first thing I did was to measure out my squares and tape them off with the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces

Here’s the thing to remember about this project…it’s not going to be an exact replica of a checkerboard because…well…this rug is a rectangle and checkerboards are squares. But that’s ok because this is just supposed to be fun!

taped lines for checker rug

The next step was to start painting the squares…one by one by one by one by one. 😉 You can either roll on paint from a can or take the easy way out and spray paint them like I did.

painting checker squares on rug

Do you know what happens when you bring a giant stack of paint can lids without the actual paint cans to the register? Not only do you get the initial look of shock and wonderment but then when you explain that these are going to be giant checkers…well…you can imagine the bewildered expression that I received!

paint can lids atthepicketfence.com

But it didn’t matter how many bewildered expressions I got because didn’t these turn out so awesome!! My son helped me spray paint them and as we were working he said, “Hey mom, these look like giant checkers!”

Ummm….yeah buddy…that’s kind of the idea!

paint can lid checkers

Once dried we had to take this baby for a test run!

paint can lids as checkers for outdoor checkers game

And that old kitchen rug was more than ready to welcome the next chapter in it’s life and the laughter and memories that will come with it!

over sized outdoor checker board atthepicketffence.com


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I’m so thrilled to be apart of this year’s summer blog-hop “Get It, Got It, Go”  being hosted by Kate at Centsational Girl, so be sure to check out the other fabulous projects.

Visit these other bloggers for more ideas and inspiration:

320 Sycamore  Simply Designing Brooklyn Limestone Fave Crafts Studio Pebbles Whipperberry Dukes and Duchesses Honeybear Lane Uncommon Designs

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And ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest.

I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.


  1. says

    Wonderful project. My 13 yr old daughter and I often play checkers on a very old stone outdoor set when we are sitting outside. I’ve seen the extra large games sold in some stores but don’t care for the appearance. I prefer something unique like your awesome project. I really need to try this one. At the very least, I Pinned it until I get to it. Love your blog.

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  2. says

    I love it – How has the paint on the checkers held up? What medium did you use to prime them so the paint would stick to plastic?
    Planning a Big Gaming event and LOVE LOVE LOVE this

  3. Britney says

    What size rug was this? I saw another post about making one of these and they used a 12×12 rug but that is pretty huge and expensive. I want to make one of these for my wedding. I’m doing life size lawn games for my cocktail hour to entertain guests while we get pictures done.

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