Hi and welcome back! As it turns out Oklahoma summers are HOT. We sorta figured they would be, but after being in Washington St. and Virginia the past 12 + years, it’s taking some getting used too. For me, anyway. My husband is one of those people you see running when it’s 100 out and loving it. And by that I mean, my husband is crazy. That being said, we are spending more time indoors these days and getting some use out of our living/game room area. We finally got the pool sticks hanging on the wall, and I jazzed up the billiard cue holder a bit. You can see that post HERE. But then I needed to update this dart board. I ordered this years ago, thinking the cabinet would be nice to have, which it is! But I wanted it to look a little more like wall art when closed and less like a cabinet for darts.
I thought this would be a great project for the dart board. Mainly because darts, numbers…see where I went there? Anywho…I started by taking off the doors and peeling off the horrible vinyl-y stuff that was stuck to the doors. Then I sanded them down and painted them the same gray color as the wall. I had some contact paper that I bought forever ago and never used, so I decided to put it to use. I printed some numbers of varying sizes in Word and traced them onto the contact paper. Then I cut them out and placed them around until they looked “right”.
I may or may not have included all of our ages, along with some random numbers. My kids may have loved that :).
Then I painted it all black. The contact paper didn’t stick great, but it worked here for the distressed look I wanted. I peeled the contact paper off while the paint was still wet and used a bristle brush to pull the paint across.
After it dried, I put a couple of coats of polyurethane on and reattached the doors.
So, I thought that was good until my husband sent me a picture of this happening…
So, as you can image there were a few holes under the dart board in my newly painted walls. I decided I was going to need something to go under the dart board to protect the wall a bit. I bought a 24 x 36″ cork board from the craft store for about $14. I held it for a couple of weeks trying to decided how I was going to paint it. I was stumped until I saw THIS post from Patina Paradise.
I loved it! As it turns out, I’m going for a bit of an industrial vibe in here, so I decided to give this a try.
I started by spray painting the whole thing with Rustoleum Metallic Aged Copper. Then I used these guys, which I found in the hardware section at Wal-Mart, and a square to put a border in.
Okay, so this pic will show that I tried to go a different way, but it didn’t go so well :). The great thing a paint is that you can paint over it. After I nailed all the little guys in, I spray painted the whole thing with 2 light coats of Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. I used Lucy’s technique and I taped off a very thin paint line and first painted a line with FolkArt Metallic Gunmetal Grey acrylic and then went over it by a sort of “dotting” and blending motion with FolkArt Metallic Antique Copper.
This pic is a good representation of how the two spray paints look layered over each other. Anyway, I used the same gray and copper paints to touch up any spots that the tape messed up and to add a bit more “rust”.
Here are the paints I used.
I bought this stencil a while back from Amazon and used it to put a few more accents on.
I added a couple of coats of protective spray enamel and that was it! It looks like a metal sheet but functions like a cork board.
The second part of the room is coming together.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Dart Board Upcycle
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