I've been playing since I was 4 or 5 years old. My dad would come home from 3rd shift and I'd get up early to set up the board and play one game with him before he went to bed (but I'd always have the queen and king on the wrong squares). He never let me win but the day I finally beat him on my own he was one proud daddy and I was ecstatic!
After sanding, repairing and painting, I got to work on the chessboard. I wanted a 12 inch board with 1.5in squares (a chess board is 8 squares by 8 squares).
Work smarter, not harder, right? :)
Next, I painted the square white then marked every 1.5 inches on the tape around the whole square.
Use these markings to run tape evenly across the board to make the grid below.
When you set up a chessboard, make sure the far right square on your side (where your right rook stands) is white. Your opponent will also have a white square on their far right. If the square is black, the board is set up incorrectly.
Here I have the grid taped off and the far right square is covered (top right of the picture and bottom left as well).
Tape over the columns and rows (files and ranks) that have the black squares. This will reveal only squares caddy-corner to the the newly painted black squares.
Brush black paint over these exposed squares.
If you look carefully you can see the dark square where the tape overlaps.
Pull off the tape and touch up as needed.
First it's check,
then it's MATE!
...I'm a chess nerd! :)