6 Steps To Painting Professional-Looking Cornhole Boards

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6 Steps To Painting Professional-Looking Cornhole Boards

The promise of spring and warmer weather means, that before long, you’ll be busting your cornhole boards out of storage and throwing bags around your backyard.

Let’s say, for the purpose of this post, that your cornhole boards were purchased unfinished or are homemade from raw wood. They work just fine, but you want to flare them up by giving them a paint job. Maybe you want to paint them the colors of your favorite baseball team, or your alma mater. Either way, getting your cornhole boards to look like they were professionally painted requires a few steps.

1) Sand the wood

Most cornhole boards come sanded, as the smooth surface allows bags to slide freely. If your boards are not sanded, you’ll want to do that before continuing.

2) Apply primer

Before applying primer to the freshly sanded surface, fill all nail holes with wood putty. With your hand, use a piece of sandpaper to smooth out the putty. Use a dry brush or power dust blower to clear dust particles from the board.

Now, apply primer to the cornhole board. We suggest white primer so you can see what areas have been covered. You’ll want to let the primer dry, then, lightly sand the board again and clear it of dust particles.

3) Draw your pattern

This is not a requirement, but making a pattern on your board will enhance its visual appeal.

4) Start painting

You can paint the cornhole board using a paint brush or can of spray paint – whatever works best for you. Keep in mind that it will take at least three rounds of painting and sanding to achieve a full, rich color.

5) Apply any stickers

Should you choose to add a sticker to you cornhole board, this is the time to do it. Make sure the paint is dry and your board is clear of dust particles. You will first want to lay the unpeeled sticker on the board and draw marks along key edges to help you line it up later.

6) Coat with polyurethane

Spraying your cornhole board with polyurethane is the final step in the process. Apply the polyurethane liberally. (It may take up to 10 coats to get the desired result.)

If you would like to see these steps in action, head over to bigcj12000’s YouTube page. He will walk you through the steps in a series of four videos. (Don’t mind his drawl.)

Cornhole boards retail at around $200 dollars. As you’ll find out when you watch the video series, it takes a significant effort to paint your unfinished cornhole boards, let alone build them. But you’re a do-it-yourselfer. These are the type of challenges you love, right?

Good luck, happy painting and throwing.

Image source: TexasCornholeBoards.com