Storage!!!…LOVES! Are you FUH-REAKING out yet? Board games makes the perfect art, in my humble opinion. They are beautifully designed and large enough to be substantial art pieces. Want to see how I did it? Basically it is a reversed shadow box.
1” x 4” wood boards (I used poplar but you could use anything)
game board of your choice
3M Sticky back hooks
Hammer or a nail gun
1. Pick out your game board of choice. Measure the length and width of your boards and add an inch. Example… If your board measures 21” x 15” you will cut two boards 22” x 1 1/2” and two boards measuring 16” x 1 1/2”. I used Cranium, Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders, and Candyland.
2. Purchase 1” x 4” boards from Home Depot or another home center. Set your table saw to rip them to 1 1/2” in width (you measure from the fence to the inside of the blade). You will get two equal pieces and a little scrap left over. I recommend doing it that way rather than trying to cut them in half exactly. It doesn’t work too well.
3. Next we are going to create a dado. That is fancy schmancy carpenter terminology for cutting into the board so that your game board will fit inside. What you do is set your fence at 3/8” inch from the edge of the blade. Lower the blade 1/4” above the table. The blade is thick enough that when you create the dado it will fit your board perfectly inside.
4. Using a miter saw cut your pieces to the correct size mitering the corners at a 45 degree angle. You could also use a hand saw and miter box if you don’t have a powered miter saw.
Here’s all the cut boards waiting to be painted.
5. Spray paint your boards. I used Canyon Black by Rustoleum.
6. Slides the boards in place and with some finishing nails tack it in place. You can patch the nail holes if you want and touch up paint them.
7. Now take some sticky back hooks and tack them on the back of the game board. Using a hole punch and some ziploc bags hang them on the back of your board.
Now hang them on the wall and SMILE REALLY BIG. I want my whole house decorated in game boards now simply for storage sake. I am in love with this idea. What do you think?