I made the cutest checkerboard table for the patio! - A Life Unfolding

I made the cutest checkerboard table for the patio!

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

Up Cycled Checkerboard

Up Cycled Checkerboard

The idea started with these little concrete containers that I wanted to cover in moss (I recently found boxes of moss I had bought for wedding decor and never used). I thought they would make adorable game pieces for a checkerboard.

Peel and Stick Moss on mini planter

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

Making the game pieces for the Checkerboard table

Making the game pieces for the Checkerboard table

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 for their durability.

Game Pieces

Game Pieces

Finished game pieces

Once the game pieces were done I had to figure out the checkerboard itself. I decided it would be pretty to make it green and white. I had my husband make a checkerboard tabletop out of wood. The table will eventually be moved to the Airbnb which has some cover on the patio.

Table top in progress

Table top in progress

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 stretched my math abilities). Hubby used 1/2 inch plywood for the base and 1/4 boards for the outside of the frame. I found an old cafe table in our shed that had seen better days and was a perfect size to use as the base, so he also added the 1 x 2 inside for a snug fit over the existing table. Yay for upcycling!! Next up painting a checkerboard pattern.

Painting a checkerboard pattern

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 handprint the squares. The hardest part was how to paint them. I decided post it notes would work. I cut a larger size to 3.75 size and laid them out.

The white paint is Alabaster by Sherwin Williams

The white paint is Alabaster by Sherwin Williams

The green is Bok Choy by Sherwin Williams

The green is Bok Choy by Sherwin Williams

Using post its to paint checkerboard pattern

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.

Perfectly imperfect paint job.

Perfectly imperfect paint job.

I then spray painted the table base white and my husband secured to the cafe table with wood glue and a few screws.

Table legs painted with  Rustoleum Spray paint

Table legs painted with Rustoleum Spray paint

And here is the finished 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. 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

Succulent game piece for checkerboard

Green and White Outdoor Checkerboard with succulent game pieces


Speaking of all that leftover 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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