How to make super-size chequers

Have some fun outside with this set of super-size chequers.

Bunnings magazine, January/February 2020

Tools and materials

Safety equipment


Two mini paint rollers with trays

25mm angled paintbrush

1.5m x 1.5m plastic-backed canvas

36mm masking tape

Water-based enamel paint (we used White Knight Splashes in Royal Blue and Gloss White)

24 x 150mm-diameter terracotta saucers 

1. Mark a grid on the canvas drop sheet

Fold the drop sheet in half, then halve and halve again, pressing along the creases to create visible lines. Unfold the sheet and repeat the other way to mark out an eight-by-eight grid, then lay it canvas side up.

Super size chequers

2. Use the tape to create the squares

Along the first row, tape inside the lines of every second square, cutting the tape with scissors to ensure the outside lines are straight. Alternate the squares along each row, using the tape roll to press over the pieces to ensure the edges stick down.

Tip: Add a tape offcut to the centre of each taped square as a reminder to leave it unpainted.

Super size chequers

3. Apply the paint to the canvas with a mini roller

Apply dark paint with a mini roller, saturating the untaped squares, applying two coats and leaving to dry between each. Remove the tape at a 45º angle and use a small angled brush to touch up the edges if necessary.

Super size chequers

4. Paint the saucers upside down

Set out the saucers upside down and use the rollers to apply two coats of blue paint to 12 pieces and white paint to the other 12, leaving to dry between coats. 

Super size chequers

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Photography credit: James Moffatt

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Health & Safety

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