Everyone loves a good Ikea hack and with the Lack side table coming in under $10 it is too tempting not to customize. We used black nail polish to paint the table and inexpensive cork rounds from the craft store to make the checkers. You can use a standard chess or checkers set or make a set like we did for any holiday or season. Find more Halloween decorating and party ideas.
A checkerboard has 64 squares in alternating dark and light colors. When determining the layout and size of the squares, leave a border around the perimeter of the table so that players have space to set the opponents pieces as they collect them. Use a ruler to layout your grid. Once you have it set, lay down strips of masking tape in alternating stripes.
Painting laminate furniture is tricky business. Sure you can sand it and do all kinds of fancy prep work, but for small paint jobs, inexpensive nail polish is your best bet.
Apply several thin coats of black polish to build up to opaque. Your masking tape is acting as a resist for your darker colored squares.