Sunday, June 9, 2013

Using a Boat Paddle As a Decoration - Summer Mantel 2013

Since I decided to go with a nautical theme for my summer mantel, I decided to add a boat paddle to my summer mantel design. 

Once I found the paddle I knew that I wanted to hang it from my faux window. 

You can see how we made the faux window here.

I found the pine colored boat paddle at our local Academy sporting goods store for around $10.00. 

I wanted to paint it a weathered gray color to go along with my nautical theme.

The closest color that I could find was this color by Martha Stewart called Wet Cement.

I painted it with two coats and then edged it with some white paint. 

I also decided to personalize it by adding Bailey Boat Club to it. I cut the words out using my Silhouette Cameo and then used the negative cut as a stencil and some red paint. 

I used some brown jute rope to tie the paddle onto my faux window.

I love it and think that it added so much to my nautical theme. 

I am about to film the whole mantel and will share that this week.

Stay tuned!

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  1. That is such a cool idea!!! Love how it looks on your mantle!!

  2. Very neat. Great find for the $10!

  3. Love it!! I soooo wish I had a mantel. I am a huge paddle fan, as soon as I saw that I had to hop over!! Such a cute job decorating your summer mantel!! And the way you finished off the oar with the rope and wording is perfect!

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