Wednesday, February 27, 2013

{Updating A Corn Hole Set: Pinterest Challenge}

I mentioned last week that we are finally updating our corn hole set! 

Pretty right? 

Keep reading to hear all about our adventures! 

We already owned a corn hole set but it was looking pretty rough after many years of use in multiple states {we would take it to school with us to share the corn hole love with the southerners who totally didn't get into it} 

So this is what we started with...

Not bad looking but when you got up close it was very scuffed up...and let's face it...I wasn't a huge fan of the Bengal's theme...

So we started by sanding those puppies down {after I attempted to just spray paint them white...that "Bengalsness" wasn't going anywhere! 

The one on the left is not sanded and the one on the right is half way sanded. 

Wendel got a sander for Christmas and was thrilled to get to use it! 

Then I gave those puppies two coats of a white semi gloss paint that we had on hand {didn't have any primer in the house}

Sorry for the blurry pictures....bad lighting + camera on phone didn't mix too well! 

As you can tell by the final product, I decided on chevron. 

Chevron can be quite let me show you how we did this! 

First, I made a grid on a piece of poster board I had laying around. It doesn't have to be perfect, and make a simple grid. Then connect the corners {see picture} and then cut to make your chevron template. 

As you can see below, I had my template and now it was time to make the chevron lines on the corn hole set. 

If you look very closely, I labeled each chevron with what color it would be so I wasn't guessing...not necessary but it was helpful for me! 

There was a "G" for grey and a "C" for coral...kind of hard to tell in this photo. 

Before I taped off the chevrons, I taped off the top and painted the sides grey...thrilling, right? 

Then it was time to tape off the chevrons...dun dun dun. It was such a tedious process! I got too excited before painting the grey and didn't snap a photo pre-painting but you'll get the gist from below.

Ya''s SO much taping! I wanted to throw that roll of blue paint against the wall at times, but it makes life SO much easier and the lines much cleaner if you take your time and do it right! 
So you can see on the left corn hole set that I had just taken the tape off of the first chevron here... 

Then I had to wait a day to do the colors. I wanted to be sure that the grey had plenty of time to dry so that when I taped off, the paint wouldn't peel. 
I also decided to add some words in the middle of one of my chevrons. 

Why this phrase? No clue...

"Eat, Drink, Throw The Bag"...stupid I know...but hey...that's what we put on there! 

Want to know something funny about me? 
As "perfectionistic" as I am, I am not a thinker...I'm a doer. 

Once I decide something, I just do it! I don't sulk over it for days. 
So I went to Wendel and said "what about this stupidly dorky phrase"...

He said "why not?"

And I went right to my handy dandy cricut {bought from Target FYI} and cut away. 

Now that we had ourselves taped off for the was time to paint for the last time! Thank goodness! 

{Oh and FYI I did three...yes three...coats of paint for each color! It took a while but I wanted to get that vibrant color!}

These were our Valspar paint colors. We got a quart and got it in semi-gloss. 

Autumn Enchantment, Golden Delight, and Wet Pavement. 

I took me all of one minute to pick these I said...I'm not a "ponderer"

Of course I didn't get pictures of them in the end before I took the tape off because I was too excited..but here are some action shots of pulling the letters off...

After everything was dry, I sprayed a coat of clear enamel spray paint to help them last a little longer! 

And here I am...thankful that this job was complete! 

And here are a few more detail shots! 

Oh yeah and Wendel fixed the leg. He said he couldn't even explain how he did it because it took so much precise measuring and's perfectly leveled though! 

So there you have it! One Pinterest Challenge done! 

Check out what Young House Love and Bower Power {who thought up this whole thing} did for this season's challenge! 

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