Wednesday, June 27, 2012


I love backgammon - so when John found this up the street in the garbagio (oh - he's come a long way baby)
I thought it looked like the perfect dimensions for my favourite game.

almost forgot the before picture ( again) it's a pretty typical end table - it had a handle on it for a "faux" drawer - which I removed and then filled the holes.

now I am lousy at math - really really lousy - ( except for problem solving ) when it comes to measuring and trying to figure out distances and how many and how far apart lines should be I am terrible - but I thought maybe I could figure this one out....................

1st step - this particular piece I primed even though I was using ASCP - I wanted more white coming through than wood.
2nd step - I started measuring

I made sure I had 2 inches at the bottom of each triangle - and then 2 inch spaces at the points
on top - except for the 2 end points ( they are 1 inch ) it's far from perfect - some of the points don't
match up on the player and opponents sides but they're close enough I think.
Once all of that was done - I started taping.................

The body of the board is done in ASCP Versailles - the pink triangles are Antoinette

Once they were dry - I removed the tape - and this is what this step looked like completed

next I taped the alternate triangles in ASCP cream

I am loving this - think I'm going to be on the lookout for more of these tables.................
A little bit of sanding and distressing and it became this

I stencilled the word Backgammon on the front ( in case people didn't realize what this is lol )
and painted the legs and sides with a mix of Versailles and Old White - 2 parts old white
and 1 part Versailles -and Voila - easy peasy ( I hate that term - but it was surprisingly easy )
NOTE: when you are trying to go a light color with ASCP - it usually takes 2 parts of white
to 1 part of the original color - 50/50 does not seem to make much of a difference.

wouldn't this look adorable in someone's country place - with 2 white wicker chairs?
and it's the perfect height for playing - far better than placing the board game on a
regular table where your arms are too " high"

it went from this - sitting in the garbage

to this in a relatively short time - another perfectly good piece of vintage furniture saved from
the landfill....................

hmmm, now I'm looking at this and thinking I need to apply some dark wax to this - but other
than that she's done :)))))

Backgammon, anyone?


UPDATE - just dirtied it up with some dark wax

now it's my vintage backgammon game - and it's all dirty and battered from thousands of games
being played beside the fireplace on cold winter nights.......................

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  1. Now this looks awesome! Love Backgammon, looks like something I would do. Never seen it done into a tabletop, very unique.
    Thanks for visiting my blog~following you back.

  2. What a wonderful and fun idea!! Love it :)

  3. I love how all those colours look together! The backgammon is a great idea.

  4. Came over from Rustic Restoration. I do not know how to play backgammon and have never attempted it, but I love all kinds of game boards. This table is awesome. I am glad you decided on the dark wax finish.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  5. That is totally cool! What a perfect idea. You did a fantastic job. Love the colors you chose too! Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!!!

  6. Thank you so much for linking with "Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop". This is a great idea. Hope you link again this Wednesday.
    Debi Bolocofsky

  7. My dad would love this! He taught meto play backgammon. :)

  8. I love your table. You did a great job making it over. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  9. This is fabulous. What a great, creative make over you have here. I used to play backgammon with my sister all the time, so this totally took me back.

  10. This is one of the best projects I've seen! Very creative! I'm a backgammon fan too and this really makes me want to play now.

  11. It's awesome! I especially like the color combination. I hope you don't mind, I'm going to post a link to your project at one of my blogs, Chess, Goddess and Everything. We write about lots of things there, including the history of ancient games -- backgammon is one, mentioned in old Chinese literature dating back to about 200 BCE. So cool that you play!

  12. Very cute Suzan! Much improved and with added character!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  13. Love it. I will be featuring it tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  14. Great project! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!


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