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DIY Cornhole Boards, Part 3: Paint & Clear Coats

Accenting the edges and sides of our reverse-stain corn hole boards with a California Woody-style paint job would prove to be the piece de resistance of this project.

Finding the right color was fun enough.  Since we were going for a Woody theme, we would look for a real, rolling woody with a paint color that made that famous wood siding ‘pop.’ The Pismo Beach Car Show always brings a crowd of classic Woodies to town, and sure enough, we spotted an old classic in the perfect shade of Sea Foam green. Using a photo we brought for reference, Sherwin Williams in San Luis Obispo mixed our custom color in Resilience satin finish. We were in business!

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After taping off and priming the surfaces we wanted to paint, two coats of Sea Foam Green were applied. Once the paint dried for a day, we sprayed the first clear coat of Helmsman Exterior Spar Urethane.  Helmsman is a great product for corn hole boards and exterior wood projects because of its UV protectorants and full bodied leveling properties. The paint accent looked great! 

As we admired the newly painted boards, we realized one last touch was in order. The Sea Foam green looked good, but it was so bright and crisp that it was actually detracting from the reverse stain hibiscus design. 

After mulling ideas over, my wife, Jane, came up with the perfect fix, and suggested we antique the Sea Foam green paint with the stain I had leftover. Genius!  The perfect time to apply an antiquing stain is after the first clear coat. We rubbed the stain in with a small stain rag, let it dry overnight, and applied 2 more coats of Helmsman.

The finished product looked like a chip off the block of that old classic woody we first saw.

Having a backyard game set that could double as wall art rocks!


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DIY Cornhole Boards, Part 1

"Hey, you wanna play Cornhole?”  I was almost afraid to find out what that meant, on a recent summer vacation.  But once I started playing the popular beanbag toss game with our nieces and nephews, I was hooked.  Hated the name, love the game. I had to have my own set.

I found an easy to follow tutorial on building the game on the web, and proceeded to build two 2’x4’ boxes with the customary 6” target holes perfectly placed.

Once built, the boards looked like something I was forced to enjoy at YMCA summer camp. The generic plywood needed a little sprucing up. And since custom paint is my specialty, why not start there?

So I set out to find the perfect graphic element to emblazon on my boards. NFL logo? American flag? Too commonplace.

After scouring the web for ideas, I decided to draw inspiration from the classic wood-paneled Woodie. The gorgeous 2-toned lacquered wood against a candy colored paint job was just the kind of paint challenge I could sink my teeth into.

photo credit:  La vie en rose

photo credit: La vie en rose

I enlisted the help of my graphics-savvy daughter and made a couple of jumbo-sized prints of a simple hibiscus emblem at a local copy shop. I chose the perfect wood stain color, and had just the right shade of mint green custom paint mixed at my local Sherwin Williams.

With my boards built and my essential tools and paint supplies in hand, now the real fun could begin.

Next Time:  DIY Cornhole Boards Part 2 - Creating a Reverse Stain Image


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