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Monday, July 17, 2017

Vintage Oar Wall

Ah, these sunshiny summer days...blogging just doesn't seem to happen much in the summer. Trips, family outings, visitors and just relaxing is much higher on the priority list. However, I did want to bring you a few posts of summer. Starting with my oar wall!


Easy to make oar wall.

It's a whole wall of oars!
I've been collecting oars for a few years-- just waiting for enough to create my wall. 
The little antique shops on the island know me by name. Garage sales, junk sales, craft markets have all helped me with my collection.



An oar gallery wall.  Perfect for a large wall in a beach home!

Yes, I know this doesn't work well in every home, but in a beach home...I love it!
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A collection of oars--ready to go on the wall!

Obviously, the first step in creating an oar wall is collecting oars. Mine were all different. Some vintage, some just old. Some in terrible shape, others looked pretty good. Some long, others short. I loved the ones with old chipped paint and the ones with the oar locks still on them. I did end up staining a few so I could get a darker color on my cream wall.

Hang an oar on the wall.


The next step was figuring out how to hang them.
We used picture frame hooks on the back of each oar. The hooks are so easy to nail into the wood oars and can safely hold a bit of weight.
Hang an oar on the wall.


Hang an oar on the wall.

AH (Awesome Husband) helped me. We put one hook on the handle of the oar and another one close to the paddle. If an oar was longer, we used three hooks.

Creating an oar wall. One paddle at a time.

I laid out the pattern I wanted on the floor.  Colored oars next to wood oars. Older ones next to newer ones, etc. Mixing up the directions of the oars added to the charm.


Creating an oar wall. One paddle at a time.

We measured the wall and determined how many rows we could create with spacing in between. We couldn't even come close to being exact in our measurements, due to each oar varying in widths and heights, but we did our best. We pounded nails into the wall, hanging one oar at a time, measuring AND eyeballing as we went.




Vintage oars on the wall.



Now, here's the hardest part...stopping!  There's a part of me that wants to keep collecting oars and adding more and more...but yet, it's important to call it done and be done and be happy.
Oar wall- perfect for a home by the water.

And maybe I'll start a different collection for the other blank wall?
Hmm...mermaids? Haha!

Beachy Oar Wall. Perfect for a large wall.


I couldn't believe I didn't check Amazon when I was looking for oars. Take a look! (affiliate links)






If you follow me on Instagram you saw me working on another summer project...a driftwood star.
Click here to make your own...it's so easy!

Got driftwood?  Make a star!


Happy Summer!

 

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