Before the holidays my husband and I spotted a painted oar from Terrain that we LOVED. We were thinking ahead to the beachy retreat we planned to create for Little Guy’s big boy room, and though an oar would be a perfect accessory. Hubs went over to the display and peeked at the price tag. He walked back to me stammering.
Three HUNDRED dollars? You can make that. I thought I was seeing an extra zero!
The oar stayed at the back of my mind for a while…until I stumbled into a well-worn oar in one of my favorite salvage stores in Key West. I grabbed it along with some wooden floats and headed to the register. $15 later, the oar was mine.
I loved the natural weathering on the oar handle and paddle and decided not to refinish the wood. While I could have easily used painter’s tape to make the chevron, I was worried the angles on my pattern wouldn’t match up perfectly. I used this Chevron Banner shape from the Silhouette store and used my Cameo to cut it out of contact paper. I then transfered the negative image (like a stencil) onto my oar and painted the oar in three shades of acrylic paint. (The colors (from top to bottom in the above image) are: Americana Sea Breeze, Americana Bahama Blue, and Craft Smart Aqua).
I am waiting until we move Little Guy to his big boy room before I decide exactly how I will use the oar in the room. Maybe I will add some hooks to the handle so that he can hang some clothes from it. I’ve also considered tying a little rope around the top of the handle as an accent.
How would you use an oar in a beach room for a toddler?