Card and Game Theme Family Room

Stenciled with diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs, this table makes the perfect spot for family game nights, surrounded by the soft look of suede finished walls.
Creative game and play table A playing-card-theme tabletop is painted using stencils cut based on the four card suits.

Can you remember the last time your family spent an evening together at home without the TV blaring, a video game blipping, or cell phones ringing? If you can, perhaps it was when you pulled out a board game or deck of cards and indulged in the fun of a game night. It's a tradition families have enjoyed for generations, but one that can be difficult to find time for in our busy, 21st-century world.

If you want to make more time for dominoes instead of reality TV, creating a special and comfortable place in your home for games is a great place to start. All you really need is a table with comfortable chairs, some storage space, and an arsenal of games for all ages -- pulled together with a cheerful paint treatment -- and your family will likely find it easy to gather for a game rather than drift off by themselves.

To create this special space, decorative painter Patricia Mohr Kramer chose current versions of colors found on antique wooden game boards to reflect the bright, primary hues used in modern-day board games.


  • Whittier wood products: 40-inch Square Plank table
  • Medium - and fine-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Minwax water-base stains: China Red (CR), Green Bayou (GB) (dark green), Green Tea (GT), Island Water (IW) (dark blue), Lemongrass (LG)
  • Staining pads
  • Minwax Polycrylic protective finish in satin sheen
  • 1-inch tapered brush
  • T-square, cork-back ruler, and pencil
  • Crafts knife
  • Painter's tape
  • Stencil acetate
  • Self-healing cutting mat or other safe cutting surface
  • Spray stencil adhesive
  • Black crafts paint
  • Black water-base glaze
  • Stencil brushes: small; medium or large

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