Well now that you’ve made it this far with your cornhole board it’s time to venture into the next step of the process – painting cornhole boards. Learning how to paint corn hole boards is simple and easy and shouldn’t take you very long at all. While there are many different amazing, unique and wonderful cornhole board designs and cornhole board ideas to choose from we are going to take you step by step from start to finish on how to have one of the finest custom painted cornhole boards there are.

When painting a cornhole board it is necessary to remember to take a lot of time out of your day to make sure the job is done correctly and smoothly and without issue. The problem is is that if you attempt to paint your cornhole board too quickly or without the proper drying time in between coats you will end up with a messy looking cornhole board and not the nice professional cornhole board you are capable of making. With each step make sure you leave enough time to let the coats of paint, primer and finish dry. Sometimes the paints can create noxious smelling fumes. It will be good to try and do the painting either out doors on a clear day or in a garage that you can leave. If you have gas masks or simple masks you can buy at a hardware store this will make the fumes more tolerable and much safer.

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Tools to be used

Sander

Sander

Compass

Compass

Scissors for cornhole

Scissors

Painters tape

contact paper

Contact paper

Paintroll

Paintbrush

Paintbrush

Supply List

Corn hole

Corn hole board

White primer

White primer

Paint

Semigloss or high gloss paint

Painting cornhole boards

The implements you will need for this part of your cornhole board constructing experience are semigloss or high gloss paint in the color of your choosing (it’s often times really fun to pick a team and make a cornhole board in that team’s colors or another easily replicable theme), white primer, finish, painters tape, rolls, small brushes and clear contact paper. You might also need a compass and scissors to ensure you get the job done.

The only major tool you’re going to need for painting your cornhole board is an electric sander. While the sanding portion of this process is possible to do by hand, you will be glad you used an electric sander for this will make the whole job a whole lot faster, easier and will leave your hand without cramps. Another safety precaution is you need to take the sanding seriously and really watch out for corners of the cornhole board that have splinters or small broken pieces of wood. When playing the game you will be throwing and using your hands all over the board. There is nothing worse than playing a good old game of cornhole and getting a nasty splinter in your hand. Take the sanding steps carefully, wearing gloves and doing your best to ensure a smooth surface for you and your friends.

Step 1 – Fill the Holes
Of course while building your cornhole board there might be a few holes that need to be filled. This is totally normal so do not be worried! Instead pull out some trusty wood filler and a putty knife. Scoop the wood filler into the holes and in between the plywood surfaces. This will smooth out any inconsistencies in your cornhole board. If you overfill any hole by accident it will be just fine – remember wood filler is easily sanded down.

Step 2 – Set and Sand
Once you’ve let all the wood filler set and dry you’re ready to sand down your cornhole board. With medium grit sandpaper and an electric sander you need to smooth out the top of your cornhole board. This process is important because the smooth surface is ideal for the best cornhole boards. Ensure that you are searching for any small differences on the sides and on the plywood. While you may not get every single inch perfect, do your best to make the whole board as smooth as possible. This will ensure an easy paint job as well as make the actual game itself as easy as it should be. Playing on an uneven cornhole board will make the game more difficult than it should be. If you’ve made sure every single inch of surface is smooth than the next thing you can do is sand the corners and edges down to a perfect level of smooth. The holes themselves can usually use a good sanding too because it adds a level of equilibrium to the whole board. This process can also help rid the board of splinters. You never want to find yourself grabbing the bag and be cut up by uneven wood! So take this step seriously to make the paint job and the game itself safe and easy going.

Step 3 – Primer
Get your bucket of primer and a paint brush ready to go. Make sure you have adequately dusted off the entire board and add a thin layer of primer to the whole board. This is important. You can use a roller as well. You might want to detach your legs before you do this step. Once the primer coat is done the board should look like this (SEE PICTURE). You need to let the primer sit for a while and dry. Remember to do this either outside or in a garage or while wearing some kind of protective face mask. It is easy for these types of products to make one dizzy.

Step 3 – 1st coat of paint
You want to make sure that with the primer you have left a 1.5 inch wide white border around the edge of hole and the edge of the board. You should have used a coat or two of primer and then painted this 1.5 inch space with white paint – maybe a coat or two as well. There should be a noticeable difference in coloration between the primer and the white paint that you used to fill in edges. Staining cornhole boards is important and will make your paint job that much nicer! Let all of this dry. There are of course many different types of primer you can use for your cornhole board. Try to go for a basic white primer that you can find at any normal paint store. Just like with the paint you want your primer to be uniform throughout and take extra care to not let big build ups of paint happen anywhere – these big build ups of paint will make the board look less smooth and in fact make the game harder to play. Using a roller for both the primer and the painting might be a good option to prevent this from happening.

Step 4 – Tape and Contact Paper
Painters tape is your best friend for step 4. You want to tape the borders of the cornhole board table with the painters tape. You want to make sure you use clear contact paper to cover the hole and the border around the hole too. Using your compass you can draw a nicely sized circle (probably 1.5 inches larger than a 6 inch hole). Cut that out and place it directly over the hole. Again the reason you’re doing this is because by the time you put your final coat of paint on you want there to be a nice border surrounding the cornhole on your board. Why is this? Well different varieties of cornhole board games can use this border for different reasons, but ultimately it gives the player a good sense of where exactly the hole is when you’re throwing your bags.

Step 5 – Crisp Borders
If you want your cornhole board to look nice and professional this step is key. When you apply your final coat of paint the paint always seeps through on to the other side making the cornhole board borders look quite sloppy. A way to prevent this is to after the first coats and primer have dried to apply one more coat alongside the edges. Using semi gloss white paint on the edges of the tape and contact paper, there will not be the same sort of bleeding but instead the paint will be the same color. Let this dry and you’re ready to move onto the next and final coats.

Step 6 – Final Painting
While there are many cornhole designs, this is where the creativity comes in. The best paint for cornhole boards totally depends on whether or not you are going to be using a clear finish over your board or not when the painting process is done. If you end up NOT having a clear finish, a high gloss paint will be good. If you do have a clear finish you can apply a semi gloss paint will do just fine. The criticism is that sometimes the high gloss paint can make the surface too slick for a proper cornhole board. In the end the differences are fairly minute and each paint will give you a proper surface for a proper game of cornhole. So here, once you’ve gotten your high gloss or semi gloss paint you need to get ready to do a number of different coats. Take a small roller and paint your board with the color of your choosing and allow it to dry. This step will inevitably require several coats. Try to avoid touching anywhere on the board up instead try and do one full layer at the time – this is the best way to ensure uniform coats of paint.

Once you’ve let your cornhole board dry after a couple of coats of paint take a step back and make sure that the colors actually are uniform. If you start to see large variations in where the paint is thin or thick, or if there needs to be touch ups don’t be afraid to add another coat. While in theory you do want to avoid adding too many coats of paint you also want to make sure that your cornhole board looks nice and smooth throughout.

Step 7 – Final Touches
Now you need to finally pull the tape off of your cornhole board. Using Painters Tape is ESSENTIAL!!! This way the tape will come off fine and easy and make your borders look nice and crisp and clean. What a beautiful cornhole board you will have! The next thing you need to do is lift up the contact paper with a small and sharp utility knife just after the paint has dried. Sometimes at this point people like to add a nice coat of finish to their cornhole board. Here you can begin to cornhole stencils, cornhole decals, and cornhole stickers. These will add a new flavor and exciting uniqueness to your cornhole board. Remember you want to do a final staining before you add any stickers to your cornhole board. Cornhole wraps are optional at this point as well.

If you want to add some other dimensions you can add cornhole stickers to your cornhole board. These can either be used to add some nice flair – the sticker of a team, a city or your favorite band. Or you can buy cornhole stickers and add other elements to the game. If you land your bag on one of the stickers and then get one in the hole your next throw that can add another dimension to the game. Cornhole stickers are best placed at the very end after everything has dried and your board is basically ready for play.

After the paint and finish have fully dried you are ready to fully enjoy all the fun times with your friends and your newly home made cornhole board. People wont be able to tell you made it yourself and your time with friends and family will be that much more enjoyable. Cornhole boards are a great past time and a great way to get people together for some good ol’ fashioned fun. A cornhole board is perfect for tournaments, one on one or just as something to do in the background of a party.