Chevron Painted Cornhole Game Board

Chevron Painted Cornhole Game Board DIY

With only 11 days of school left until summer vacation, this mama has been on a mad hunt for fun ways to keep my kids entertained over break.  Sure, we have camping trips planned, riding lessons scheduled, birthdays to attend, and beach days with friends on the calendar, but what about those days when all we have planned is chores and a whole lotta nothing.  Inevitably, after eating all the junk food and having an ugly fight over Minecraft, they will come whining to me and will oh so annoyingly proclaim, “I’m BOOOOORED!”  Those 2 small aggravating words that, like fingernails on a chalkboard, make me want cover my ears and run from the room.

Well not this summer!  When my little nuggets profess their boredom to me, I have the perfect ‘board’ remedy for them… game board that is.  Cornhole!  Is that what they really call it?  Yes it is.  Look it up.  It’s a bean bag toss game, but with corn bags, and players of all ages will love it.  Plus, when you get the corn bag in the hole, it’s super fun to yell “CORNHOLE!”  It has quickly become the new joke in my house, but we are kinda bad like that.  😉

If you search cornhole boards on Pinterest you will find a plethora to choose from.  Some are very basic, others fancy, with collapsible legs or folding case options.  Pick a style that works for you and build away.  I went with a tutorial by the DIY Network which you can find here.

The thing that sets my cornhole board apart from the others is the chevron paint job.  Last weekend, I had my girlfriends over for a campfire and my fellow blogger and bestie, Jen, of The Jen House, brought these adorable chevron snack plates.

Oh how I love a good chevron pattern and these plates quickly became the inspiration for my cornhole board paint job.  This DIY takes some time to layout correctly, but it’s not rocket science and the results are worth it.  Here is how I did it.

I started with a fully assembled cornhole board that had already been given a couple coats of white spray paint.

I began by laying out a grid pattern on the board using a tape measure and level.  Vertical lines and horizontal lines were penciled onto the board every 6 inches.

Now that we have a grid laid out, we can start taping out the chevron pattern.  From the top of the board, tape out the first row of ‘Vs’.  Make sure you line the tape up at the corners perfectly and use a utility knife to trim the excess and create a point.

Continue to the second row, and once again double check that you are lining the tape up at the corners correctly, because it is very easy to get off track.  Work your way down the board until you have 8 rows of tape.  Trim up all the points with the utility knife.  To finish off the chevron pattern, be sure to tape the corners and create a center triangle along the bottom edge of the board.

At this point, you could spray paint, however, I wanted my lines thicker, so I added a second line of tape to each row.  This went much quicker than the first row because everything was already lined up and all I had to do was tape and trim.

After trimming all the points up, the board should look like this:

Now, the cornhole is ready for paint.  I choose a navy blue paint to coordinate with the new navy and white deck décor I am working on (more on that to come).  Move the game board to a well ventilated area and lightly add the first coat of paint.  After it has dried, add a second coat and allow it to set for an hour or so.

Before the painter’s tape is peeled away, perform any necessary paint touchups.  When you are satisfied, begin peeling away the tape and watch as the beautiful chevron reveals itself.  Ooooooo.   Ahhhhhh.

The cornhole is now ready for it’s close up and it’s first game.

The cornhole bags were made from my husband’s old jeans, just like the denim banner I made earlier this month, and hold up well in the outdoor elements.  The red, white, and blue metal bucket was painted when I revamped my fugly flower pots, and looks adorbs as the corn bag bucket.

Cornhole has quickly become my kiddos new gaming obsession and has already proven itself to be a worthwhile DIY.  In fact, my son makes everyone who visits play him at least 1 round, and he spanks then all.  Atta boy!

Is this cornhole game going to solve all of my kid’s boredom issues?  Hell no!  But it is one handy trick in my mom tool belt as I try to fight summertime boredom and give myself a few minutes of peace to write this here blog.  Now, go grab some painter’s tape, get your chevron painted cornhole on, and join me in the quest to destroy summertime boredom.   Good luck!

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