Valentine Love Oar-row


Will you be my Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. My girls and I wanted to create a special nook to celebrate the LOVE. I also wanted to inspire you to find something old around your home and think about how it could be used in another way.

wooden oar

I had this old oar sitting around waiting to be transformed into something special.

It definitely needs some oomph doesn’t it? Let’s see how I gave it a makeover, shall we?

zig zag wrapping paper


I found this colorful wrapping paper at TJ Maxx months back. I was drawn to the bright colors and how each flowed into the other. This was my inspiration for the color scheme I wanted to create. The modern valentine.

Here is how I created the valentine oar-row. I laid out the shims before painting to figure out how many I would need.

oar row supplies
The supplies are pretty straightforward and budget-friendly:

-wooden oar

-2 packages of shims {I used the shorter pieces}

-one wooden heart {purchased from Michael’s}

-paint in various colors {I used CeCe Caldwell chalk paint, but any acrylic or latex paint would work as well}

-furniture wax to seal

E 6000 adhesive to adhere the shims and wooden heart

painted oar

I started by painting the entire oar. I used two colors to do this. First, CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat and once dry I layered it with CeCe Caldwell Virginia Chestnut brown.

Next, I painted the shims that would be the feathers of the arrow. This was a bit of a tedious process with the many different colors I used.

painted shimspainted shims 2

Once the paint had dried on all the shims, which was very quickly, I decided to add another layer of paint. I wanted to mimic the colors flowing together just as the pattern in my wrapping paper. To do this, I added a contrasting color over the base color. Once dry, I used a wet rag to wipe/rub off the top color in areas to reveal the under color.

This gives dimension to each piece and creates a soft look for the feathers.

layered paint colors

Next, I sealed  {waxed} the feathers of my valentine oar-row. The Annie Sloan wax brushes are so fabulous to use. But, a lint-free cloth will work just as well for this DIY project. Once the wax was applied, the richness of the colors emerged. I buffed each shim once dry to bring out the luster of the finish. The same was done with the oar.

waxing shims

I then arranged the feather shims in a similar pattern to the wrapping paper that inspired the project. Once the placement was where I wanted it to be, I glued each shim with the E6000 adhesive.

I did the same with the wooden heart.

feather placementfeather shims

 Once the adhesive was dry, I added a hook on the back of the oar to hang.

hanging feathers
red heart

valentine display

 What do you think of the valentine oar-row?




Once the oar was transformed, my girls had a chance to contribute to the valentine display. They helped by cutting small hearts out of the wrapping paper that inspired the project. I was told the hearts look like butterflies. {We might have to add a body and antennas for a bit of whimsy!}

butterfly hearts

butterfly heart

When I was a little girl my mom and I made these fabric heart cards. We entered them into a contest at the radio station and won! {She did most of the work.} My mom definitely nurtured that craftiness inside of me.  I have kept these cards throughout the years. They are a nice little keepsake to personalize the valentine decor and a great memory of sharing LOVE.

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valentine side view



valentine arrow


valentine arrow for cupid

Children are great imitators so give them something great to imitate.




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Table from the Tundra

Tundra Table

Hey! How are ya?

The sofa table is finished! But, I  have to get into the groove of taking before shots of my furniture. I get so excited to just get some paint on each piece that I forget the “before” is as important as the “after”. I can, however, describe to you what she looked like. She was a typical 70’s piece-orange brown stain with the dark brown speckles all over. {Blah} Cheesy hardware. In need of a good cleaning. BUT, her bones were solid. She is heavy. Built to last. A Craigslist find at $20. Her previous owners even had a custom piece of glass cut to keep her top protected. A piece of glass alone would cost more than $20! Score!

sofa table accessories

Side note, do you love my cute little industrial stool? The seat is made from reclaimed wood. I still need to decide whether I should leave the worn metal look or give it a face lift with paint. What do you think? This space will be functioning as a desk area as well, so it is the perfect combo!

table hardware
I chose  hardware with a branch detail. I love bringing nature indoors, so this was a great way to incorporate that simply on this table.

table foot
I applied several different colors to this table. I had some black latex paint in the basement and started with this as my base. I then moved on to using CeCe Caldwell’s Young Kansas Wheat. Next, I applied CeCe Caldwell’s Alaskan Tundra Green. Finally, I finished with Smoky Mountain Gray. I wet distressed to bring out all the colors.

color scheme
Where did I get my color inspiration from, you ask? I had another Lucky Duck Day at TJ Maxx a month or so ago. I picked up a set of pillows for $15. I fell in love with the colors-sea green, taupe, historic blue, cream. My living room will be redecorated in this color palette. Here is a close up of the pillow.

pillow inspiration
If you love coastal cottage style, this is a very soothing, relaxing color scheme to incorporate in your design. Here are a few other accessories that will link it all together.

vintage books
Accessorizing with vintage books adds a collected over time look. The colors of the covers can be fantastic. Here, I have a teal green and a taupe book stacked on top of each other. Tip: vintage books are so inexpensive! Check Goodwill and Thrift stores. I am a book collector, so I am always on the look out for these.

chunky candle holder

Chunky wooden candle holders are also a great way to bring that coastal cottage feel into your decor. Wood toned accessories give the room a very warm feel, especially if you have quite a few painted pieces. It gives the room balance. You can even play off of the wood tone on these candle holders by linking  together a coffee table or chairs with the the same wood tone on their legs or arms. Just remember, repetition of elements to tie it all together.

side detail of table
A few more details of the sofa table.

table side detailstable details
Are you ready to get started on giving one of your furniture pieces a makeover? I am always here to help you, if you have questions! You can leave a comment or send me an email: Take care!

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