Decorating with Vintage Game Pieces and other Fun Stuff

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How many different kinds of reclaimed items do you see in the airplane??

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This work of art was seen at a local Bird House store in Edom Texas. It is actually a bird house. See the hole there under the PC Board


Game Boards from old Cutting Board by Always Looking HGTV Board

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To This

Always Looking over on the HGTV Message board tells us how to create these great looking game boards. Thanks for the great instructions.

TIC TAC TOE BOARD
OLD PIECE OF WOOD (DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SMOOTH THE ROUGHER THE BETTER IF YOU WANT A PRIMITIVE LOOK) - YOU CAN ALSO USE OLD CUTTING BOARDS (CHECK THRIFT STORES FOR USED ONES) BE SURE THEY ARE OIL FREE BEFORE PAINTING
PAINT A BASE COAT OF CHOICE OLD PAINT LAYING AROUND FROM REDECORATING IS FINE LATEX WATER BASE PAINT BEST
OPTIONAL - TO ACHIEVE THE CRACKLED LOOK APPLY CRACKLE MEDIUM (AVAILABLE AT HOME DEPOT) LET DRY (I USE A HAIR DRYER UNTIL DRY TO TOUCH) - APPLY DIFFERENT COLOUR PAINT OVER CRACKLE MEDIUM (TRICK TO PAINTING OVER CRACKLE IS DONOT GO OVER AN AREA TWICE OR IT WILL PULL AWAY) IT WILL CRACK IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR BRUSH STROKE THE THICKER THE PAINT THE LARGER THE CRACKLE WHEN PAINTING IS COMPLETED TAKE HAIR DRYER AND DRY - CRACKS WILL BEGIN TO APPEAR. IF YOU JUST WANT THE WOOD TO SHOW SKIP THE BASE COAT.
MARK LINES FOR TIC TAC TOE CENTERING ON THE BOARD WITH A PAINT PEN OR A SHARPIE FINE POINT PERMANENT MARKER
GRUNGING TECHNIQUE
RANDOMLY SAND PAINTED BOARD WITH A HIGHER GRIT SANDPAPER UNTIL YOU HAVE ACHIEVED THE DISTRESSED LOOK
SOAK A SEA SPONGE WITH WATER - ADD RAW UMBER ACRYLIC PAINT (AVAILABLE AT MICHAELS IN THE ARTIST PAINT SECTION) DIRECTLY TO THE SPONGE AND SQUEEZE THROUGH WIPE AND DAB OVER BOARD LIGHTLY HIGHLIGHT THE SPOTS WHERE YOU NORMALLY WOULD SEE DIRT FROM HANDS OR AGE WEAR. LET DRY AND REPEAT UNTIL YOU ACHIEVE THE LOOK YOU WANT. IF YOU ADD TOO MUCH, LIGHTLY WIPE WITH A CLEAN SPONGE


I made this table for a friend who wanted one. We had the STOP sign already (we didn't steal it). I added trim around the sides and old chair legs as the legs. The angels were a bit tricky, but I cut them at 22 degrees, and got one just the way I wanted it. Then I made 7 more just like it. I did have to caulk as the joints wern't perfect. She tells me it's a hit with her friends.


Now this is a little different. I found a bunch of those old metal stencils at an estate sale. I've always wanted some but wasn't sure what to do with them. These had paint already on them (yellow) So I decided to paint the other in various colors and came up with this arrangement on an old table top. Afterwards I realized it would make a great clock, if I had the right numbers in the right places. So I tore off and rearranged some numbers so that I have the 12, 3, 6, & 9 in the correct spots. I'll add the hands and mechanism as soon as I can find an old clock at a garage sale with the right sized hands. With the colors and Whimsey, I think it will make a great clock in my "game" room.



I found this small old pool table at a flea market for 8.00. I'm thinking coffee table or foot stool in the future. I brought it home and stared at it for a few days. Then I decided to just paint the felt. After researching what pool tables looked like I went with burgundy. I just watered down some paint I had and voila, there you have it. It wasn't hard at all. I ran some stain over the wooden parts, added some fringe and just sat it on top of a side table that I already have for now. In the future I'll probably add legs to thei and maybe a glass top, to turn it into a useful coffee table.


Some of my ideas include:

Bowling Pin Lamp, bubble gum machine lamp, bubble gum machine fish bowl, various furniture with game theme incorporated (see below for pics). On the Wall, Dart Board, Game boards (cardboard and wood), Game piece collages. On the windows, Hockey sticks for curtain rods, or skis as valances.


This little cabinet has a checker board as the base, and a couple of chess pieces painted gold sitting on top of the base. It will go in my room.


The far Right book has a great, Game Themed room, section. All 4 of these books are favorites of mine


Wooden Game Boards as Art


More Game Related Ideas


This is a wall decoration made by Joyluck from the HGTV board


Here's some junk I've collected that may end up in this room.

I think the yellow one will be turned into a table.


These are artists and shops that have products that would do well in a Game Themed Room.

Scavengerart.com

HGTV T2T Projects with a Game Theme

Bowling Pin Lamp

Gumball Machine Lamp

HGTV Projects

Croquet Set Projects


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