Easy Painted Oars for Decoration

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These easy-to-make painted oars are perfect for a nautical look. Learn tips and tricks for painting your own oars

painted oars

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What kind of paint should I use for painted oars?

I used a variety of types of paint for this project, but I prefer chalk paint for a project like this. The coverage is excellent, so you can get away with painting fewer coats of paint. 

Acrylic or latex paint can also be used.

Make Painted Oars for Decoration

Supplies for Painting Oars

Scroll down for the oar coloring sheet.

Prep Work for Painted Oars

  1. Figure out your oar design. This part was so much fun. I’ve made coloring sheets to download and print out for planning your oars. Or maybe you just want to color oars.
    coloring sheet for design
  2. Tape out your designs. Once you have your designs figured out, start taping out your design. (You can see that I drew mine out before I made these.) I used frog tape and rubbed the edges well. 
    use tape to make designs
  3. Stripes are the easiest to tape off, but designs are also possible. An arrow is just a piece of tape and a triangle.
    taped off arrow design

Painting the Wooden Oars

  1. Paint the first color. For the top oar, I wanted light blue and white stripes, so I painted a base of white first. I used chalk paint because it adheres well and less coats of paint are needed. The sides of the oars are painted, but I didn’t bother with the backs since they’re decorative.
    Paint first color
  2. Let the paint dry and add another coat if necessary.
  3. Stripes. Once the paint is dry, add tape for stripes or other designs. Paint the stripes your chosen color.
    tape off for stripes
  4. Add hand-painted details if desired. I painted the arrow white and added the quivers. 
    add hand painted touches
  5. Sand to age the oars a bit. When the oars were completely dry, I gently sanded them to make them look a little more worn. This knocks down the edges where the tape was and helps soften any mistakes. 
    Sand oars to age the design
  6. Add a loop for hanging. I added a loop of suede cord around the handle for hanging the oars. This was the easiest way to hang them.
    add loop with suede cord

I love how they look on my navy wall. My walls don’t look that crazy in person, but then again, it’s a basement so we keep it pretty dark for watching movies.

Painted oars on walls

Download the Oar Coloring Sheet

Oar Coloring Sheet

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    1. Thanks Jess! I’m hoping to find more art to hang with them. I love the dark wall too. It disguises the giant TV. 😉

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