Upcycle Your Old Scrabble Game To Make Game Board Table
After spending an entire beautiful Sunday in October with the family on our front porch, playing hangman with my daughter, a few games of bags, and listening to music while rocking in my rocking chairs I came up with this idea. We had two Scrabble board games; one in a pretty collectors wooden set and a regular board game in the box bought probably 20 years ago.
I, of course, didn’t want to use the collectors edition so I pulled out and dusted off the old version. We have been purging our house of unused items these past months so this was a great way to remove another item from the closet and actually use it.
I also had a beaten up table that has sat on our front porch and really had no good use. I was about to throw it away but then I thought to put these two things together. All it needed was a little bit of clean up with some weak bleach water and elbow grease. I wanted to get off all the dirt before painting.
Next, I decided to attach the wooden tile racks that hold your letter pieces to the sides of the table. Each rack was hot glued and pressed onto each side in the middle. I kept the rack to the lowest positions so that way your opponents can’t see your letters. I also put grips on the glued racks to completely attach them. If you use hot glue like I did then it will take but a few minutes to complete attach and cool. You can also use liquid nails or possibly something like crazy glue. I would use what ever you have handy.
Then comes the painting. I had an entire can of outdoor white spray paint unopened so I used that but you can use any kind of paint that does well with the outdoor elements. I also liked to use spray paint because it dries much faster then typical household paint. Make sure your give your table a few coats of paint if needed to make it look fabulous.
Once the table is dry, it is time to glue your scrabble board down. Now my table has a raised edge all the way around the table top. If yours doesn’t you can easily glue some pieces of wood around the edges. This is great because you glue the top half of the game board to the raised wooden edge and make sure you don’t glue the bottom half. That way you can flip it up and store the letter tiles perfectly safe and hidden.
Your last part is to seal your table and especially your board. I used Krylon Crystal Clear protective spray. It is great for just about any surface including wood, paper, plastic, and many others. There is also a Krylon UV Resistant spray which would be good if your table is going to sit in the sun for a long time during the day.
My table sits on my front porch and is completely covered from most weather elements. It does not get rained on or have any time in the sun. If you plan on having a Scrabble table sit out in the elements, you may want to rethink some of my methods. I would hate for your game board to get warped after the first rain storm. You could also use a piece of glass that sits on top if you would like. If I find a piece I may use it and that way I can also use it as a table to set drinks on and the board won’t get destroyed when we are not playing it.