Neutralizing harsh colours on game board?


I love the idea of a game board so when a neighbour was tossing this, I took it excitedly. The fact that I don't know how to play this card table topper aside, the colours clash with my neutrals- any ideas for some kind of semi- transparent paint to

white over it? Maybe a way to transform it to white with black and gray? Thanks!

q neutralizing harsh colourson game boatd
  16 answers
  • Dee Dee on Nov 15, 2020

    I would prime it with a stain blocking primer, and do the base color of light gray. then get a checkerboard stencil from Amazon, and paint the squares black and white.

  • on Nov 16, 2020

    Mix white paint with water and do a wash over it. Start with more water than paint and keep adding layers until you like it. :)

  • I would try applying an antiquing medium or glaze and wipe off as much as you want until you get the look you want.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 16, 2020

    Hello. Applying a whitewash or antiqing glaze might be an idea to consider. I have used or a brown one (both brown and white came with the crackle mediums) in a crackle paint project a small amount of glaze is applied on and wiped off.

    Also you might want to consider taking very high grit sandpaper and distressing the top layer to give it a worn appearance That might take down the bright colors and give it a more used. If that would be something appealing to you.

    Here’s examples of three glazes that I’ve used in the past which I used to achieve a nice finish. One is by Anita’s the other two are Folk art. They are several years old but you may be able to find a similar product on the shelves now.

  • Em Em on Nov 16, 2020

    I would not paint at all. A variety of color in any room is good to not make everything match. Plus you take the value of pieces down by painting and not keeping it in original state. If you are set on grey then tape off the colors with painters tape and repaint the red to gray.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Nov 16, 2020

    Hi April, what a great find! Fusion Mineral paint make a product called antiquing glaze. It has a long open time (dries slowly) so you can apply it and wipe it back to the amount you like. (use a foam brush to apply). It would tone down the colours but allow you to still see them and then tone down the vibrancy.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 16, 2020

    Something to consider would be to paint the triangular pieces in the area that are red with perhaps a black or a deep gray. If you paint them black then you would not have to worry about recreating the black outlines.

    Then for the center, it would be a bit much to try to paint the red squares, a checker pattern overlay in your preferred colors would work. The 4 little red squares in the corner (in front of the cups) would be just enough of a highlight.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Nov 16, 2020

    modpodge has a transparent paint

  • Janice Janice on Nov 16, 2020

    My suggestion would be to trace the shapes you want to change to a different color. Cut out as many pieces of the shapes from colored craft paper and glue them to the board to cover the color you don't like using white glue that dries clear. Then either spray on a clear finish or use ModPodge or again white glue to seal the entire board.

  • Maura White Maura White on Nov 16, 2020

    You could totally try painting over the red with gray!

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 16, 2020

    Red could be a natural accent color in a gray room.

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 16, 2020

    Hi April, the easiest way would be to whitewash the entire board which would fade all the colors to a lighter hue. Ideally you may want to hand paint the reds to a different color, I think that would look the best

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 16, 2020

    Hi April: What a neat board. It's used for checkers, chess, cards, any game you'd like to play on it. If you have the time and steady hand, you can paint each red bit black or dark gray.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Nov 20, 2020

    I would rub on a coat of dark wax, it will mute the colors just perfectly!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Nov 30, 2020

    you can try painting over the red with a gray or white

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 15, 2020


    Use an Artist Brushy and Acrylic colours. Good luck!