DIY Chess to Cheese Board

old chess board

Sometimes that spring cleaning in the garage can turn up some great finds. While cleaning out old storage bins I came across a solid wood chessboard that was missing more than half of the pieces. Rather than adding it to the trash bin I decided to create a piece I could utilize when hosting game nights; minus the chess game of course!

old chess board

Reinventing an old item is the way to go when you have something worth holding on to… this was a simple project that cost me nothing and took very little time to complete.

side view

What you will need:

  • Sanding paper or Sander
  • Wood Stain ( I used Jacobean by Min-wax)
  • Stencil
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
sand down chess board

Sanding off the checkered pattern on top of the chessboard allowed the texture of natural wood elements to surface.

staining wood

Add a stain treatment to bring out deeper and more rich tones from the wood, this will give the piece a vibrant and lustrous finish.

distress wood

Dark wood staining will add contrast to the lighter color that will be used for stenciling and give it the perfect “POP” that is sure to get attention from your guest!

Produce a decorative focal point with one or more word phrases using stencil and some acrylic paint.


Create the look of burned edges with a little bit of sanding and a second coat of stain to the edges. This will create a more aged look & will call attention to the phrase added onto your wood serving plate.

finished and use

Completing this project with a simple phrase will keep treats visually appealing and allow your guests the opportunity to offer compliments for this delightful display of hospitality, while enjoying delicious treats.

DIY Chessboard to Platter

finished and use

Fun and easy way to recreate a chessboard into a serving platter


  • Sanding paper (or electric sander)
  • Wood Stain ( I used Jacobean by Min-wax)
  • Stencil
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush


  • Sander


  1. Sand off the top of the chessboard to remove the checkered pattern
  2. Use wood stain to stain all areas of the wood board
  3. Use the sander a second time to sand around the edges of chessboard only
  4. Apply a second coat of stain around the edges of the board, this will give it a more aged look.
  5. Using a stencil, press down in the middle of the board
  6. Using acrylic paint and paint brush carefully paint the inside of stencil
  7. Carefully remove stencil and let dry

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