MY DIY | Colorful Camp Oars



One of my favorite things is adding personal touches to the rooms I give makeovers to. For the colorful camp playroom, there was a long wall that I wanted to fill, but I did not want to overload it with art. I found these really inexpensive 6 ft oars online (they come in multiple lengths to fit your wall) and stained them to add some more fun and color to the playroom! I used the yellow stain a while back and loved how saturated the color was, so stocked up on a bunch more colorful Wood Stain to create the designs.  Check out the steps after the break…


What you need: 
6′ Crooked Creek Wood Paddle
Hand sander or sand paper
Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain – Color guide HERE
Painter’s Tape
Paint brushes

What to do:
First, sand down the paddle part of the oar. You can use sand paper, but may want to save some time and use an electric hand sander. Make sure to remove all the wax coating so the stain will hold.
Next, tape off the paddle part to create the pattern. I found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest here. You may need to tape, paint, let dry, and then re-tape and paint to create some patterns.
Let stain dry, then peel off tape.
To seal, you can add a Minwax® Polycrylic Protective Finish (follow directions on the can).
To hang, screw robe hooks into the wall (make sure they are level) and place oars.

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  1. Michelle says:

    They are so cool, I love your design and the colours! They fit perfectly into the room!

  2. Jessica says:

    These really are lovely x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

  3. sherry says:

    This is so great. Love the oars.?❤??

  4. Katrina says:

    They look like a million bucks!

  5. Jackie says:

    They would look great at the lake house. Love this idea.

  6. Akbar says:

    Great, that is an amazing idea and you shared amazing idea to decorate home interior. I really like it and also try it at my home.

  7. scarlett Nicol says:

    This is so colorful and amazingly well done! Thanks for sharing

  8. sherry says:

    You did a great job. Looks very nice.?❤??

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