1. Prime the back of a vinyl remnant from a home center. Allow to dry.
2. Roll on off-white latex paint. Allow to dry.
3. Using a pencil and straightedge, draw a grid of 1-foot squares. Tape off every other square in the first row. Skip a row; repeat taping odd-numbered rows.
4. For a comb, cut 1/4-inch notches from a squeegee. Brush tan paint in the first square. Pull comb through the square. Wipe paint from the comb. Work in smooth, even motions with a firm stroke. Practice first on scrap to perfect the look you want when dry. Tape off uncombed squares and repeat the same technique for even-numbered rows to form a checkerboard pattern.