Friday, July 10, 2009

Parcheesi, Anyone?

Beautiful weather means working in the great outdoors. I took a break from the usual round of landscaping to repaint the tops of the old end tables on the porch with a little creative design.

The checkerboard effect is classic and leaves a little of the original wood top showing. The stars are "crackled" with a little glue to give the paint a peeling effect (a protective coating will keep it from peeling in reality).

I've never played Parcheesi (believe it or not, it's true), so I had to Google the rules before I painted the board. The corner stars are inspired by the "Star of Astoroth" in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, for all classic Disney film fans ...

... the "home" tile is meant to resemble an thatched Irish cottage.

A little box will slide underneath on the foot rests for storing game pieces and coasters for tall glasses of lemonade.

In the meantime, all the cats take turns sleeping on top -- to test out the quality of my work, of course.

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