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The Mister and I have a pretty large backyard at our current house (not our new house that we bought and are renovating which has an itty-bitty backyard) and I realized that this is going to be our last summer to really use it. And we NEVER use it! But why not? I realized it might be because there is nothing to do but sit and eat. So I decided to remedy that with a quick (non-regulation sized) DIY Horseshoes Game.
I had some leftover horseshoes from my Kentucky Derby styled party, so I just needed to grab a couple lead pipes and some paint. Of course, you can paint your own horseshoe set or do the same thing I did and put together a set with some vintage horseshoes and lead pipes.
So I grabbed some paint, a paint brush, and some painter’s tape and got to work painting the horseshoes. First, spray your horseshoes with gold spray paint and let dry, then just tape off a couple areas on the horseshoes so you can add some color. Remember to do two sets the same for the two different teams/players.
Then I simply spray painted the lead pipes gold and daubed lines of turquoise and coral paint down them. I also painted the rubber tips they came with a bright pink because I’ve tripped over a lead pipe sticking out the ground before, it took a gash out of my shin, so I know it’s important to make them stand out!
Then I quickly made a scoreboard using a piece of scrap wood. I spray painted the wood mint, then brushed on two coats of chalkboard paint in the middle. I then used epoxy (don’t use hot glue, trust me, it won’t work) to attach a horseshoe handle. Once the chalkboard paint was dry, I painted the numbers 1-21 across the board twice in permanent paint. To keep score, teams just need to circle or cross out their score along the score board using a piece of chalk. The first to 21 wins!
It’s not a hard project – just takes a little bit of time to allow paint to dry in between steps. So it’s something to do while you clean the house or do laundry. Put on coat of paint, pop in a load of laundry. Put on another coat of paint, hang dry the wet laundry, etc.
I’m looking forward to eating some ice cream and playing a round of horseshoes with my husband this weekend. After we’re done, I’m sure I’ll have loads of laundry to do – he’ll probably drip ice cream on his shirt and I’m competitive so I’m sure I’ll have grass or dirt on me. Luckily, I just picked up some all® free clear liquid laundry detergent at Target so now I can play lawn games and do laundry this weekend.
The great thing about all® free clear detergent is it’s the #1 sensitive skin brand laundry detergent recommended by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians. I get really bad heat rash hives on my wrists during the summer, so I’m really careful about using products for sensitive skin – shower gel, lotions, and even laundry detergent. Once I get a heat rash, the hives stick around for a few days, so I’m really careful to try to prevent them. And when you wash with all® free clear detergent, you remove 99% of everyday and seasonal allergens including cat and dog dander, dust mite matter, ragweed, grass, and tree pollen, but it still fights tough stains, whitens whites, and brightens colors. I’m looking forward to trying those all® free clear mighty pacs! If you want to try them, too, be sure to follow the directions for use on the packaging exactly!