Welcome to the Lake!

Updated: Jun 30


I'll start by confessing that I don't live on a lake! I picked up a set of oars at an auction on Saturday. I knew I wanted to transform them.


I was trying dollar store shelf paper vinyl in my Silhouette Cameo. I don't think I had the settings right, but it cut the vinyl (and the backing).

The shelf paper didn't stick to the wood very well. I think it had more to do with the wood than the paper. It did work though!

I chose a nice sea blue to go with the faint yellow tinge of the oars.

I sanded it to distress the paint and smooth out the rest of the oar.

I added Rustoleum Matte Clear Coat. It preserved the patina of the wood while adding depth.

I usually buy these hangers to attach to my wood pieces. They are inexpensive, sturdy and easy to attach. I put one near the end of the handle and one at the base of the shaft. The paddle thins out and I wasn't sure it would have the depth to hold the screw.

This is the finished piece! This was a fairly easy piece. I think I had about an hour in the project overall. Now it is ready to welcome folks to the lake (as soon as someone buys it from me!).

#oar #patina #lake #welcome #hanger #blue #clear #coat #silhouette #repurposed

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.