This post is sponsored by Daddy Van’s. All opinions are 100% mine.
I seldom ever go to yard sales. I don’t have the patience for it since they can be a complete hit or miss, but I recently stopped by one on the way to the gym one day and I lucked out. These folks were collectors, which was awesome, but at the same time their yard sale items were at antique store prices. I made a deal with the seller’s husband for these three vintage game boards and I think we both walked away feeling pretty good about it. But believe me, it still wasn’t yard sale prices.
According to the seller, his parents had these game boards in the 1950s or 60s. I’m really not sure of their age, so I’ll take his word for it.
Below is a vintage Carrom board. It can be used to play billiards, checkers, carrom, and several other games. You can read more on the history of Carrom and see much older game boards here. The oldest carrom game boards date back to 1900.
Daddy Van’s Wax
The other two game boards were for Chinese Checkers. All three boards were dried out so I decided to use Daddy Van’s clear wax to give them a nice shine again.
Below you can see the difference the first coat of wax made. On the right side, the first coat wax had been applied. I recommend doing 3 coats of wax to give maximum protection.
I like the look of waxed furniture (or game boards in this case), but I’ve never been a fan of the waxing process. It’s usually very time consuming and it requires a lot of elbow grease. Think Karate Kid. “Wax on. Wax off.” times two to three coats!
Anyway, Daddy Van’s goes on so easily and there’s really no elbow grease involved. It’s quick, simple, and effective. And a little bit of wax goes a long ways. I put a little bit of wax on a clean cloth, wiped the wax on, and then turned the cloth to a clean area and wiped the excess wax off. Easy peasy.
After waxing the game boards to a nice luster, I had Stew hang them in the office.
They add a touch of fun and whimsy to our office.
One of these days I’m going to learn how to play carrom because I hear it used to be all the rage once upon a time. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Linking to: Bella Rosa’s Antique: Let’s Talk Vintage