oar art


in the sunset room here at the b&b i have a big blank wall that i felt needed something… something unique. a couple years ago i took some photographs of a sunset at a creek near a friend’s house and this became the inspiration for the room. see…

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pretty. right? with the overturned boats in the photograph i got to thinking that oars would make a near decoration on the wall. i wanted something vintage, but all the painted/vintage oars i found were rather expensive or not the right color and i wanted something a bit more personal, so i decided to make my own.


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i found these on ebay and the seller dropped the price for me as i wanted to buy four. i think i only paid about $5 a piece. maybe a bit more with shipping. anyway. when they arrived they were a little too ‘new’ looking. so, i beat them with a hammer, sanded them, left them out in the rain and sun, drowned them in the creek behind my dads house for a couple days. i didn’t destroy them, but when i was done then looked a little weathered, one even split towards the bottom. excellent! success!

although everyone may not notice, the goal with the coloring was to look like a sunset. starting with a darker pink at the bottom and working up to a light blue. like in the picture above. (the will eventually be hung horizontally with the dark pink at the bottom and blue at the top.)

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so how’d i do it? well, i started by taping off some lines with painters tape so that some of the natural wood would show through. then i painted the entire oar the color i wanted.


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after that dried i went back and taped of some more areas and then painted specific parts with my contrasting/darker color. when that was dry i removed all the tape. then added a bit more tape to add in a couple white areas.


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when everything was dry, i removed the rest of the tape. some of the tape i removed pulled off pieces of the paint, but i was okay with that … it just added character and signs of wear.


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then i sanded everything down … harder in some areas and on the edges. i went back in with a rag and lightly added some brown and white paint for more interest and depth. and then sanded everything down again.


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tada! finished.


it took some time, but i love painting so in enjoyed every minute of it! i also love that they are completely customized for my space. you could do any variation to match your decor. all white with the natural wood.. primary colors… earth tones … etc.


a really fun project and it only cost me about $30-$40. i’m hoping to hang them after this weekend as there are guests in the room. i will post another picture when they are hung.

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  • Beth at

    I keep coming back to these gorgeous oars! They are so inspiring.

    You mentioned posting a picture after they were hung, but I’ve tried several searches and can’t seem to locate.

    I have a broken vintage oar that I’m excited about painting…so fun. Thanks for the diy!

  • Julie at

    You did a great job. What size are these?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      To be honest I’m not sure. Probably about 4 ft?

      xo Michael

  • Megan at

    Do you still have the website or name of the seller on ebay for the oars? I would like to do something similar, but do not want to spend the $$ that most places want. Love your $5 price point, and what you did with these oars. They are just beautiful!!!!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Megan, I don’t. I’m so sorry. I made this a few years ago.

      xo Michael

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  • sara at

    These are so gorgeous! I discovered them on Pinterest. I have some oars that I bought cheaply from Pottery Barn, but never liked the boring colors. I am going to reappoint them similarly, then hang them horizonally as picture hangers with thick rope to attach to the oars for my favorite beach photos here in Tampa. thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas!!

  • Anonymous at

    WOW!! These are without a doubt my favorite piece(s) of art that I have seen in quite a great while! You are seriously talented! Any chance you would want to make a set for me (or just sell me these 😉 Not joking actually.
    Anyways, great job.

  • Ocean Offerings at

    Fantastic! Did you post a photo of them on the wall – would love to see it.

    We have shared your Oar Art and linked to you in our blog, http://blog.oceanofferings.com/

    Thanks you!

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