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DIY: Paint a set of OARS

Howdy! A while ago I bought a set of oars for $25 from a junk shop. I knew I could give them a new lease on life. A sand and some paint and they’d fill a spot on a shelf.

They weren’t looking so fabulous when I bought them. They were a bit scabby. I had seen some painted oars on Pinterest, at Fenton & Fenton, and Oz Design even have some, but I knew I could fancy up a set myself without paying the big bucks…

Look at those yellow handles! Ewww.


I sanded back the middle section. I left the black on the bottom. That was going to work for me.


I made a huge mess on my back table for a few days. I masked off the pattern and painted little sections in white and a little bit of pink on the handle. I didn’t want them to be identical, but I wanted them to be similar. I also primed the yellow handles first, then put black over the top. Then I got my sander out again and roughed over the newly painted areas so it wasn’t so neat looking.

And now they are done!



I’ve propped them up in my good lounge room on a shelf next to the hanging tv. I have moved them around a bit so I am not sure where they will actually end up. But I am happy with them for now.

Love a good bargain and an easy project!



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    August 20, 2014

    They look fantastic Katrina! I’ve been looking for a pair for ages, but they are always so expensive when I see them.

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    Sonia Life Love Hiccups

    August 20, 2014

    I absolutely love them. I have been keeping my eye out for some that arent ridiculously overpriced but havent had much luck in the 3 years I have been looking lol xx

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    Terry Julie Simmonds

    August 20, 2014

    Oarsome Treen!! Look great.x

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    Andrew Chambers

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    August 24, 2014

    These look FAB, Kat. You’re such a clever clogs. I love how you’ll tackle anything (and with a smile too!). x

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    Tessa : Down that Little Lane

    September 13, 2014

    They look amazing.. I always have my eye out for a pair x

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    February 14, 2019

    thanks for sharing the informatiion .amazing and beautiful images