Hello, lovelies!! Today, I am sharing the final project from my Fall Haul!! Can I get an amen?? I’m sharing painted oars with a coastal vibe that started out this:
These were another set of items that came from my reader friend who brought me a bunch of things at the end of summer including this frame, this small table, the glass feet on this planter box, and this brother sewing cabinet.
She donated a lot of goodies to the cause!
I’ve included a few affiliate links o you can find the products I love.
These oars may have sold as is and could have been cool in someone’s decor just how they are, but I couldn’t leave well enough alone, never can.
Test for lead
Anytime I have painted pieces with little information, I test them for lead paint with swabs very similar to these ones before taking sandpaper to them.
Several of the items I received in this load were painted, and I wanted to be safe. Only one piece tested positive for lead, and I don’t mess with those, but these oars passed the test!
Once I knew It was safe to sand, I sanded these with 220 grit sandpaper since they were already painted, mostly to smooth out any imperfections…
Once they were all sanded smooth, I gave them a couple of coats of Cotton as a base:
Next, it was time to come up with a design for these babies. I used my favorite painter’s tape for creating, FrogTape for delicate surfaces, and came up with this…
I had already started painting there and almost forgot to take a photo!
That blue is favorite coastal custom blue of mine, and I made it by combining about 40% The Gulf, 40% Duck Egg Blue, and 20% Cotton to lighten it a little. (Essentially, half Gulf, half Duck Egg, and a good splat of Cotton.)
I painted right over the tape…
How to Make the Numbers from FrogTape
To create the numbers, I used the Frogtape, this number stencil, plus a piece of the non-stick backing I had removed from a transfer.
I could have just used the stencil over the blue and painted it in white, but this method gives really crisp lines.
I lined up a couple of strips of tape, overlapping them slightly, onto a piece of the non-stick backing from the transfer I had used the day prior:
Then, I traced the letter onto the tape:
All I had left to do then was cut it out:
(Notice I did not cut where the breaks were in the stencil…I wanted full numbers for mine, but you could do it either way.)
Now I had a sticker that I could place any way I liked!
I only painted ONE coat of the blue and removed the tape as soon as the paint went on, while it was still wet:
I only used one coat of the blue mix because I really wanted the white to show through when I sanded. I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper that I wrapped around an old sanding sponge to make it easier to handle:
You always want to sand your chalk painted pieces after. It will give you a buttery soft finish. If you prefer no distressing, opt for these fine grit sanding sponges instead.
Painted Oars After
How bright and cheery are these oars now?
They would add a touch of coastal whimsy to any space!
Coming up with a design was the hardest part, but I kept them pretty simple.
The 2709, if you remember from this tray turned house numbers plaque, is our house numbers.
And I just love the white peeking through the blue…
This was a quick and fun project! They look super cute parked in the corner of our kitchen at the moment!
Can you believe I started this haul with all of this…
And it’s all done!!
See anything you may have missed below:
Painting the Smalls #24 (Six mini makeovers!)
I shopped all day yestrday and came home with a carload! That wasn’t hard though because a huge dresser was found on my first stop lol. I can’t wait to share what I’ve found so far, but I am still shopping, so we’ll see if I can collect enough things to share on Tuesday. If not, I’ll have something for ya!
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