Hook, Line, and Sink-Oar: A Coat Rack

Hook, Line, and Sink-Oar: A Coat Rack

I’ve hinted at it on Facebook…and again in my Best of 2016 post- the idea of cabin-themed projects this year. My in-laws built a GORGEOUS cabin in the North Georgia mountains (and it’s available to rent!)- which means I get to add a new facet to my blog! Whether decorative, functional, or both, I will periodically do cabin-themed projects…and when the cabin is done and ready, I’ll be sure to start including links and pictures so you can see it!

For my inaugural Cabin post of 2017, I focused on a beat-up, crusty old oar / paddle that I procured from my favorite vintage junk seller.

Vintage, beat up old canoe paddle oar to be refinished and repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s in oar-able shape!

And when I say beat-up, I mean it! It was well-loved and pushed and pulled water off the side of someone’s canoe for a long time. It just needed a little TLC and some repurposing magic to bring it back to life! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage, beat up old canoe paddle oar to be refinished and repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See what I mean? Some TLC is definitely required.

Because it was a splinter waiting to happen, we gave it a good sanding-down until it was buttery smooth.

Vintage, beat up old canoe paddle oar to be repurposed and upcycled into a DIY coat hook rack for Cabin decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Makeover, Step 1.

Initially, I figured I’d stain it- after all, I *love* a good wood stain. But the oar was begging for moisture- years of river/lake life had dried it out terribly. So, I applied some of my favorite wood conditioner, which I have on hand for my cutting boards. Holy transformation, Batman…

Vintage canoe paddle oar to be repurposed and upcycled into a DIY coat hook rack for Cabin decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hello, my pretty…

I swear you could hear the oar breathe a sigh of relief…

To add just a touch of color, I decided to stencil on some nautical-esque stripes to the paddle.

Vintage canoe paddle oar to be repurposed and upcycled into a DIY coat hook rack for Cabin decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

For just a touch of color…

Ironically, I chose craft paint in blue that perfectly matched my painter’s tape! But regardless, I carefully stippled a scant amount of white and blue craft paint between the strips of tape.Adding nautical stripes to a vintage canoe paddle oar to be repurposed and upcycled into a DIY coat hook rack for Cabin decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And then it was MY turn to breathe a sigh of relief when I removed the tape! (I’m still working on my stenciling skills, after all!) But doesn’t that look nice? Just a touch of color to pop against the natural wood.

Adding nautical stripes to a vintage canoe paddle oar to be repurposed and upcycled into a DIY coat hook rack for Cabin decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It worked!

Ok- we’re in the home (cabin?) stretch! I gave the entire oar- front and back- two light coats of sealer before adding the hardware: D-rings on the back for hanging…and coat hooks on the front for…well, hanging OTHER things.

Vintage canoe paddle oar repurposed and upcycled into a DIY coat hook rack for Cabin decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Finishing touches…

Final result? A fun-ctional coat rack for all your cabin wearables & carryables- flannels, scarves, fishing nets, etc. I really do feel like we revived that old oar from something unwanted into something gorgeous!

Vintage canoe paddle oar repurposed and upcycled into a DIY coat hook rack for Cabin decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

You can find this project hanging in the main floor laundry room in the mountain cabin! And I hope you don’t mind more cabin-esque projects throughout the year…I’m pretty excited and I hope you are, too.

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Vintage canoe paddle oar repurposed and upcycled into a DIY coat hook rack for Cabin decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Fonda Rush says:

    Nice job! Sure, I’d be into some cabin accessories! I hope we get to see pictures of said cabin.

  2. Love it! Hope the people with the cabin appreciate it too!

  3. chris aka monkey says:

    i think cabin is the original decor and has stood the test of time love this oar xx

  4. girlfromwva says:

    that is SO nice! really like it!

  5. Looking forward to more cabin decor. That oar is awesome. Oh, and so is your sense of humor 🙂

  6. Visiting from Funky Junk – pinned, great idea, love stripes.
    Joy

  7. Turned out great!

  8. acraftymix says:

    I am so stealing this idea Sarah. Wow, very creative and it looks stunning

  9. What a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  10. Aww so cute! I love it!

  11. Love your oar coat rack. It is perfect for a lakeside cabin.. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  12. Hi. Twochicksandamom chose this awesome upcycle as a Feature at Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party today. Please stop by!
    http://twochicksandamom.blogspot.com/2017/01/snickerdoodle-create-bake-make-link_28.html

  13. diyadulation says:

    What a gorgeous upcycle! I would love to have one of these on my wall. Now I need to go find an oar. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  14. I love it it Sarah! You do a great job staging your photos too!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, Carlene!! It is SUCH a learning process…and I’m still just limited to my phone for photos. Maybe this year I’ll get a big girl camera to take REAL pics, LOL!

      • I have a big girl camera and mine aren’t that good. You have excellent lighting and your projects pop on the white background.

        • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

          Thanks, Carlene! This project was hung up in our garage to be photographed…thank goodness for my light kit! But 95% of my projects are photographed in my kitchen because we have a big, south-facing bay window. It is a blog-saver when it comes to natural light for photos! 🙂

  15. This is so fun!!! Thanks for sharing Sarah!

  16. Again you have knocked this repurpose out of the park Sarah!! So clever! My son would just love this in his bedroom!

    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

  17. Great cabin decor and functional too. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  18. Hi Sarah! Love this project! It’s wonderful turning an old vintage or antique piece into something functional as well as beautiful! I have a set of oars myself that I’ve been trying to decide what to do with and creating a coat hook/rack is a great idea. I’m just wondering about your experience attaching the hooks to your oar which looks old as mine are and I’m worried about cracking the wood when drilling and/or screwing the hooks on. Appreciate any tips you could provide. Regards, Sara

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hi, Sara! We didn’t have any issues with that- but perhaps conditioning (i.e., moisturizing) the wood first helped? We did drill small pilot holes first- not very deep, and we used a regular screwdriver to attach the hooks. Hopefully that helps!

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