board game art

Today I am posting about one of my favorite rooms in the house…the game room.

And that isn’t JUST because it holds the poker table.

It is where board games became art.

framing monopoly setsAnd it had the bonus of helping one of the “issues” in my marriage.

*Rewind 20 years*

My husband is an avid board game collector.   In the very early {and dirt poor} years of our relationship, we entertained ourselves with antique mall shopping in search of games.   Any game was good, but an old Monopoly set was the holy grail.

And then eBay was invented.

Oh my.

Let’s just say that all worthy games that landed on eBay between 1995 and 1998 are evenly split between my house and a guy in Florida whose collection rivals my husband’s.   About a year into the Monopoly set bidding war, a gentleman’s truce was made to stop the inflated pricing creating peace and harmony between the growing collections.   Our collection growth was in direct proportion to eBay’s growth.

Again, Oh my.

When we built our home 6 years ago, I wanted to make sure that the game room displayed the prized board game collection.

After a bunch of math, I decided on a panel size that would allow 8 color blocks to display the Monopoly colors – purple, light blue, pink, orange, red, yellow, green, and Boardwalk blue.

framed monopoly sets on a game room wallIf you start there on the left and move clockwise around the room, you will visit each color block in order.

The color is painted on the wall inside a simple picture frame molding trim painted black.

I was a little surprised that at that time it was a bit tricky to match the bright colors.   I guess these colors aren’t as popular as I would have thought!

The next step was to find how to hang the boards.   I looked into a ton of options including framing, glass covering and mounting.   Most seemed WAY too expensive when you consider whatever option was chosen would have to be repeated 24 times.

The cheapest and most effective solution found was to cover the boards with a cut piece of plexiglass.

framing monopoly on yellowEach piece of plexiglass was cut a bit larger than the board creating a clear mat and three boards were hung vertically on each colored panel.

Yep, a bit more math.

Each square clear “frame” was drilled with three holes.

framing monopoly on greenEach of the three holes was filled with screws with plastic button covers.

The bottom two screws support the weight of the board and keep it from slipping out of the arrangement.

framing monopoly color panelsMy husband chose some of his favorite boards.

*cough*

When I told my husband the plan for the room, he was very excited and replied that he would get started on finding some special boards to buy for displaying.

Obviously the 100s of boards in the attic would NEVER do.

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7 Comments

  1. Love this! Very cool and fun and creative! Another reason to scour thrift stores and garage sales for art project stuff! Love it!

  2. This is very, very cool. I’m curious about the rest of the game, though. Is there not some creative way to display the cards, the deeds and the playing tokens along with the boards themselves? I would love to know if every Monopoly game around the world uses top hats, old shoes, steamships and such.

    I notice some Euro-symbol Monopoly. Is Greece Connecticut Avenue, in your version fo the game?

    I’m often stumped how to display a collected object without destroying it. Some time ago, my husband and I were browsing through an antique shop and came across an original 1945 edition of the Life magazine in which appeared Eisenstädt’s famous photo of the sailor kissing the nurse on VJ Day. We’d love to frame it, but certainly don’t want to cut it out of the magazine. If we frame the entire magazine, one loses the sense of dimension, the depth and texture of a magazine, and one doesn’t appreciate that it’s the original medium.

    http://deutschlanduberelvis.com/blog/2008/04/geek-antiques.html

    Any suggestions, o crafty one?

  3. Oh, fabulous!!! I love the colors!!!

    Makes me wish we collected something here other than tractors, stickers and dust bunnies…

  4. Your game room is so very clever! Love all the old boards on the walls. What a great way to enjoy them.

  5. So, how exactly did this help your marriage? Was it just that you were doing something together that supported the board game fancy? Or was it that it reminded you of the good old days?

  6. LOL- best line ever-

    “Obviously the 100s of boards in the attic would NEVER do.”

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