Up a Creek—with 3 Paddles!

Updated: 5 days ago


I found this cute little table a few weeks ago at the Goodwill store. It was banged up a bit but it was still adorable. It was priced $12 but after some discounts, I paid about $7—a pretty good deal!

The original wood was rough in several spots, but I wanted to amp up the nautical feel.


Seriously, was someone gnawing on this?



The first thing I did was take it apart. I wanted to re-glue it anyway, but I also thought it would be easier to paint the design I had in mind if it was disassembled.

When I disassemble something, I put all the screws, etc in a bag. It keeps them all together and if I have to put the project away for a couple of weeks, I can mark the name of the project on the bag.

I used Folk Art Chalk paint in Sheepskin color. I did a quick coat on all the pieces.



I had to put a second coat on each piece.

I wanted blue stripes on the oars. I selected three shades of blue from my stash. Folk Art chalk paint in Grotto and Cascade as well as Rustoleum Chalked in Serenity Blue. I taped off the stripes with Frog tape (love!) using a ruler to ensure they were all equal.

I put a coat of the Serenity Blue on the lower shelf.



The oars needed a couple of coats of blue for each stripe.

And then the reveal!

I really loved how they turned out. I did some sanding all over the table to create a weathered look.



I assembled the pieces. I loved how it was coming together, but I thought it needed something on the top.

After consulting a couple of friends, we landed on this anchor stencil (the red is a piece of paper under the stencil).

I used the Serenity Blue for the anchor.



And then distressed it with sandpaper. I put a coat of polyurethane over the entire table.

This is the finished project! I am really happy with how it turned out. I thought about buying a lake house so I could keep it, but thought that would be a bit over the top.


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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.