Things are finally coming together on our new basketball court. The lines are all taped down and now we're ready to paint them in! Seems like only yesterday we were using our pencils to draw in wooden planks, and now things are wrapping up nicely :) So let's get to work and start painting in our court lines.
I'll admit, when I first thought of how I was going to tape down semi-circles on a stained would floor, I was a little intimidated. I knew I would never be able to 'eyeball it' and make it look good, so I would have to calculated the angle of the curve somehow. With a yardstick and a sharpie, I was able to make it happen, and make it look pretty convincing.
With your hardwood floor in place, it's now time to start making it look like a basketball court. And for that, we need lines. Lots of lines :)
A little planning ahead on this step will go a long ways in making sure you get the results that you want. To begin, I needed to find a few reference images to know what an OKC Thunder Court SHOULD look like. I was able to find this image online:
With the hard part out of the way, your plywood should start to resemble a hardwood court, but it's much too high in contrast. The wood grain is definitely there, but it's a little overbearing at the moment. Let's take care of that by adding a wood stain, the final color of the court itself and something to bring all the steps together.
Gel-Stained Wood grain
Now for the most crucial part of the whole process...the wood grain! We've got a base color, we've got our outer court border, and we've penciled in the planks...now it's time to make them look like wood!
To get started, you'll need 2 cans of gel stain in the color of your choice (1 can doesn't quite cut it for a 11' x 12' room), a wood grain tool (or rocker), a paper towel, and a striation tool...not sure how else to describe it...came with my wood grain tool set. They are all pictured above.
It's Time to Give Planks...
Alright, we've got the floor sanded, primed, painted, and have a nice shiny border around the room...but as much as my cute little daughter loves walking on it...it doesn't look anything like a basketball court yet! What do we need? Planks!
To start, all you need is a ruler, a few room-long pieces of tape, and a little patience.
I'll be using a wood graining tool, or 'rocker', to apply the gel stain and I wanted to be able to have a starting point that wasn't right up against the baseboard. I felt it would make the first planks look more authentic...plus, it's a basketball court...it needs an outer border anyway, right? This is a fairly simpmle step compared to what we'll be doing later, but if definitely sets the tone for the court and makes everything 'stand out' like it should.
Now that the primer is dry and the floor has been prepared, it's time to decide what type of basketball court you want to paint and what the end-result will be like. I guess I'm a bit old-fashioned, because I envisioned my daughter wanting a light-colored floor, like the image to the left. To me, this is the quintessential basketball court and the most obvious to paint...perhaps that's why she didn't want hers to look like that :)
Let the Games Begin
Read along as we update all of our new projects and show step-by-step how we worked together as a family to get it done!