Of course I "pinned" it. How hard could it be?? (Do you see the theme of my life....)?
Hubby and I discussed it, thought it was doable, and finally this was the Saturday we did it.
In ONE day!
First we chose the size cement pavers we wanted. Our options were 12"x12", 16"x16" or 20"x20" pavers. We multiplied each paver by 8 because there are 8 squares (including grass) in each row (ex: 12 x 8 = 96"). There are 8 rows. So, a checkerboard with 12' pavers would make a 96" x 96" square checkerboard.
We decided that wasn't quite big enough for our space, so we jumped up to the 16" square pavers.
Then we marked off (with bean bags...very professional) the area to sort of visualize where we wanted it to have it.
Don't forget to argue about who's measurements are RIGHT. We spent some time on that step!
Needless to say, it is hard work .http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-12-in-x-12-in-Pewter-Concrete-Step-Stone-71200/100333077
The cost to rent it was about $150 for the four hour minimum rental.
Don't tell my mom. I still have nightmares about being caught using her sewing scissors for paper!
Even now I'm surprised how well it turned out. I love it and it surpassed my expectations. We were going to order life-size checkers but my daughter had the brilliant idea to just buy and use Dollar Tree plates! Genius! We will get the life-size Chess pieces, though I myself, have never been able to learn how to play......
I hope this inspires you to tackle a Saturday job too. SOOOOOO much work, but the pay-off is worth it.
In full disclosure, I must admit my husband and I were pretty sore already THAT night when we climbed the stairs (Mt. Everest) to bed that night. Just sayin'..... but it was worth it. We love working together; arguing, laughing, chasing each other with the garden hose, and throwing dirt at each other!
Here is the original inspiration picture that I pinned from Pinterest about a year ago.