I made the cutest checkerboard table for the patio!

I am sharing the cutest DIY today. It combined some of my favorite things, upcycling, the color green, succulents, concrete, board games, and moss!

Come see how I made the cutest checkerboard table for the patio!

The idea

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The idea started with these little concrete containers .

I loved the shape and knew I wanted to make them into little planters. So I decided to cover them in moss (I recently found multiple boxes of moss I had bought for wedding decor and never used).

I thought they would make adorable game pieces for a checkerboard.

Concrete planters

Making the game pieces

I was working with the moss that I had on hand, so I used two different types. Above is the peel and stick moss, a dream to work with, and some Reindeer Moss (bagged) that I hot glued on. The Reindeer Moss colors I used is green and cream.

Be careful working with hot glue gun!

applying moss to mini concrete pots to use as checker board game pieces

I went with the solid green for one set and the cream and white for the second set. You need 12 pieces per set. Once the moss was applied I decided on Succulent plants (I bought mine here) for their durability.

Moss covered planters as checker game pieces
Succulents in clay pots
Succulents in planters

How to make a checkerboard table

Once the game pieces were done I had to figure out the checkerboard itself.

I found an old cafe table in our shed that had seen better days and was a perfect size to use as the base.

Table base for checkerboard table
Spray painted the base white with Rustoleum spray paint

I had my husband then make a tabletop to set on top of the old table out of wood. Hubby used 1/2 inch plywood for the base and 1/4 boards for the outside of the frame. He also added the 1 x 2 inside for a snug fit over the existing table. Yay for upcycling!! It sits right over top of the old table. We secured in with wood glue and screws. A checkerboard has 64 spaces. 8 up and 8 down. I established that I needed the squares to be 3.75 inches each to fit the games’ pieces. So the actual board had to be 31 inches square (and that my friends stretched my math abilities).

DIY Wood top base for checkerboard table
Table top in progress

Painting the checkerboard pattern

Next up painting a checkerboard pattern. I chose white paint SW-Alabaster that I had leftover and SW-BokChoy (a pretty green) for my squares.

Painting a checkerboard pattern

Let me state I was not looking for perfection in this paint job. I want it to look homemade and quaint. I decided to hand paint the squares.

The hardest part was how to do it without a guide.

Should I free hand? Nope, not the best plan for me. 🙂 I decided post it notes would work as a guide. I cut a 4 inch post it’s to 3.75 size and laid them out.

The sizing worked out perfectly!

The post it plan worked GREAT! I painted three coats of the white (it had primer in the paint already) and two coats of the green. When dry I sprayed the entire board with 3 coats of exterior polyurethane for added protection from the elements.

Finished green and white checkerboard pattern.

The Finished Checkerboard

And here is the finished table. TA-DA!


See, I told you! It’s the cutest checkerboard table!!!

I still have to move it over to the patio at the Airbnb but since we have guests scheduled for the next few weeks I took advantage and enjoyed a few games outside.

Cutest Checkerboard table DIY
Cutest checkerboard table!
Succulents as game pieces for a cute checkerboard table for the patio

It was a wonderful way to celebrate the Spring weather we have been enjoying. And a bonus….I won all the games!! 😉

Outdoor checkerboard table

Okay, so I mentioned all the leftover wedding moss…..here are a few other projects I did with them.

Moss Art- DIY textured wall decor in less than an hour

5 of the easier ways to elevate dollar store vases

How to add a touch of Spring to a small entryway

Happy Spring, Everyone!

Until next time,


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  1. Sara says:

    How fabulous Libbie! Those are some of my favourite things too! I had no idea there was any such thing as peel and stick moss; I love learning new things 🙂

  2. Michelle says:

    Oh wow, wow, wow. Libbie, this is sooooooo beautiful. I’d be a little worried that the succulents would get hurt, but they’re such tough little plants they’ll probably do fine and probably thrive too. Stunning idea.

    • Libbie says:

      Thank you, Michelle!

      We will find out as I move it outside, and my Airbnb guests get their hands on them. Fingers crossed!

  3. Deana Landers says:

    Libbie, this is adorable. I love the moss and the checkerboard table. You are so creative.

  4. Amy @ Heritage Home Ec says:

    This is adorable. I love how it looks like it’s almost alive. Great work.

  5. Heike Yates says:

    Sarah this is crazy adorable. I don’t play chess but it would serve a decoration so beautifully.

  6. Rebecca says:

    That is so creative. Darling design and I do love succulents.

  7. jess jannenga says:

    Wow! I love this! I am always impressed by people that are crafty and creative! What a neat way to display your succulents!
    jess xx

  8. Marty Walden says:

    This is so clever! Wow! Sharing!

  9. Denise Reeser says:

    This is such a cute idea and that waterfront view looks amazing!

  10. Anita holland says:

    Oh wow, this has blown my mind. It is defiantly a brillant diy project and so unique. Well done 😍😍

  11. Kristi Haight says:

    Such a creative and unique idea! Love it!!!

  12. Allison says:

    What a fun and unique way to use succulents! I love this.

  13. Linda Johnston says:

    creative idea, so pretty in your setting.

  14. meegan says:

    I absolutely love your attention to the creative detail. From the two toned moss and the painted board, this says fun and Spring all over it. Thanks for the inspiration, Libby.

  15. Marie B. says:

    This is the cutest outdoor checkerboard I have ever seen! Very creative, clever, and well done.

    • Libbie says:


      Thank you! Today it was pretty out so I took it over to the Aribnb. I can’t wait to see what they think!

  16. Katherine says:

    What an awesome idea! I never would have thought of that! Wonderfully creative!

  17. Brooke says:

    Love this table and all the details put into this project. My mind is spinning right now with a bunch of ideas of how I can incorporate this into our Garden House area. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Kerryanne says:

    Wow Libbie!! What a totally fun project.
    Thank you for sharing your checkerboard table at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.

  19. Michele Morin says:

    You DID make the cutest checkerboard table! It’s adorable

  20. Alexandra says:

    So awesome!

  21. Rosemary Palmer says:

    Just wow – love it. So creative and unique.

  22. April J Harris says:

    Oh my goodness, this is beautiful! What a fabulous, creative idea for outdoor spaces. Thank you for sharing your checkerboard table and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

  23. Linda Primmer says:

    How fun and cute this board is. You are so creative. I am happy to feature your sweet board today at Love Your Creativity. Happy Sunday.

  24. Grandma's House DIY says:

    Thanks for sharing with us! I’ll be featuring you this week when the next To Grandma’s house we go link party starts!

  25. Beth says:

    Libbie, this is such a BRILLIANT idea! We will be featuring it this week over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Thanks for joining in the FUN!
    Creatively, Beth

  26. Lisa says:

    This is the most adorable thing Iv’e seen all day! I love it!

  27. Ann Butler says:

    I LOVE this project, it is a perfect addition to any patio:0) Thanks for sharing it in our Linky Party this week, I chose it as my featured project, you can check it out on Wednesday when we post the new Linky Party:0) ~ Ann

  28. Christina says:

    I love succulents! So creative. Thanks for linking on Amanda’s Books and More! My latest weekend blog hop is now live if you’d like to join.

  29. Rebecca says:

    Libbie, your checkerboard is so fabulous and unique! I love the moss covered game pieces…what a clever idea! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week 🙂

  30. Michelle says:

    What a wonderfully unique, creative and gorgeous idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Farmhouse Friday… we’re featuring you at tomorrow’s party!

  31. Lesley says:

    Love this! Thanks.

  32. Gwen Gottlieb says:

    This is the cutest DIY project I think I’ve ever seen! So perfect for spring, too! Love the colors!

  33. Nan says:

    OhMyGoodness! You’re having so much fun! Perfect paint color 🤗 I have an affinity for chess boards. Maybe we all do, lol.

  34. Leen says:

    Libbie, this is such a fun idea! My pergola area definitely needs one!

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