DIY Nautical Oar

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I’ve got a DIY Nautical Oar to share with you for this month’s Thrift Store makeover. I found a Lake House Oar a couple of years ago. I was a great deal, so I scooped it up. I figured with a little paint I could update the oar to fit into our beachy, coastal home.

DIY Coastal Oar

I loved the colors of the oar… a pretty teal and blue combo, distressed. I figured I keep with the same colors since they’d work in our family room… I just needed to get rid of the “Lake House.”

Here’s what I started with.

Cute, right… we just are beach people, so time to get rid of the Lake House.

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I gave the oar a good cleaning with just a wet paper towel. Then I used painter’s tape to tape off the area that I wanted to have painted.

Painting over the Lake House sign on a wooden oar.

It took 3 coats to cover the wording. I let the paint dry about 30 minutes between coats.

Distressed edges on a Beachy Wooden Oar

I put it up on the thrift store gallery wall that I’ve been working on in the family room.

Here are some of the other projects from that wall:

Let’s check out the rest of what the team has shared this week:

Thrift Store Projects from May 2019

Accent Table Makeover My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wind Chime Makeover My Repurposed Life

Re-Trending from Country Decor to French Farmhouse Sadie Seasongoods

Metallic Spray Paint Makeover Petticoat Junktion

Breadbox Repurposing House of Hawthornes

DIY Nautical Oar Domestically Speaking

Chandelier to Lantern Makeover Our Southern Home

Vintage Wooden Bowl DIY Refresh Restyle

DIY Coastal Wooden Oar from a thrift store Lake House oar.


  1. Love the new look of the oar – I’m also a firm believer that not EVERYTHING needs to have a stenciled label on it, LOL, so I much prefer the new look. 😉

  2. I saw a bunch of wooden oars at HomeGoods the other day, but they were all really odd colors (probably why they made it to HomeGoods). I never once thought to paint them! I’m going to run back and see if they still have any – thanks for the idea!

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