How to Paint Corn Hole Boards DIY

6 Materials
6 Hours

My husband gave me an unpainted cornhole board set the Christmas before last. I have been meaning to paint them for so long! Now that we are sheltering in place at home, I finally found the time to paint them! I discovered that the quickest and easier way to paint an unfinished corn hole set is with spray paint.

Choose a Design

If you look around on Google and Pinterest, you will see that there are lots of cute ways to paint cornhole boards! I am not the most artistic, however, so I decided to spray paint some easy to accomplish stripes on my boards.

I opted against staining my boards, since I read that stain on plywood can turn out blotchy.

I decided to prime the boards with some white spray paint primer. My boards were already smooth and didn't need sanding. I simply wiped the boards clean with a damp paper towel before beginning my project.

Use Frog Tape to lay out the design you chose onto your boards.

I decided to add five colors of stripes on my cornhole boards with white stripes in between the colorful stripes. (The white stripes will be where I put the Frog Tape down.)

Choose Your Colors

The next step was to choose my colors. I already had two really pretty shades of blue spray paint and one shade on yellow on hand, so I decided to go with that. All I needed to purchase were two cans of white spray paint primer.

Spray Paint Stripes

At first I simply spray painted each stripe on. But I discovered that I got some overspray from the wind. I wound up touching up those stripes by taping the outsides of each stripe with Frog Tape and then taping craft paper over the sections of the boards that I didn't want sprayed and worked on one stripe at a time.

It took me a while to fix the spots where I got overspray, so I'd suggest leaving only one stripe uncovered at a time so you can spray paint one stripe at a time.

Since it took me a while to clean up the overspray, I still need to add several layers of water-based polyurethane on top of the boards. (To give them some protection and to make the boards more slippery.) I will be applying the layers of polyurethane with a foam brush and will sand the boards smooth with fine grit sandpaper in between each coat.

In the meantime, my family and I have been enjoying the newly painted cornhole boards!

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1 question
  • Sherry Turner
    Sherry Turner
    on Jun 17, 2020

    Great job! Love the color combination, too. But, what the heck is a corn hole board?

    • Marie Maggio
      Marie Maggio
      on Jun 18, 2020

      The game is called corn hole. You toss the bags from a distance to go in the hole for points. The board is called a corn hole board. Why? I have no idea. I call it bean bag toss!!! Lol

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