Well, I made my very 1st checkerboard yesterday. I am definitely liking it, but it is too bright for me. I am looking to find out how I can darken it up a little bit. The bad thing about the piece of wood that I used is that it doesn't have a smooth finish to it so I am afraid that if I rub my gel stain on it then I will ruin it. Don't you all think it needs to be darkened up a little bit? I know that it needs something, but I am just not sure what that something is or how to get it to that point. I decided to paint it all sandstone and then I used stenciling tape and taped off the edges to give them a nice crisp finish. I then stenciled my checkerboard on it and then added the stars.
Here is the finished board. Bright - huh? Just not sure what to do with it from here. I also thought about sanding the other side and trying another one on the reverse side and then that way I have 2 checkerboards to work with. I just don't feel like it it totally complete yet. All of my other checkerboards are more prim and well this one is not. Ok, I will be quiet so you all can get to posting your comments and your thoughts and ideas as to what I can do to "FINISH" the project! Thank you ladies for all your comments and suggestions. I have only learned from the best and I really appreciate it. Hope you all have a blessed day!!