Today I have an easy DIY project for you that I completed a few weekends ago.
Seeing as though our one and only son is now a toddler and no longer a baby, I’ve been slowly removing the “baby” decor from his nursery and adding some “big boy” touches here and there.
When it’s time to move him to a “big boy bed”, I’d like his whole room to have a nautical/outdoors-ish theme. The crib he is in now converts to a toddler bed so I have to stay in the gray family in terms of colors. (which I planned on doing anyway) If you missed a picture of his crib/nursery you can see it by clicking here.
So keeping the gray in mind and wanting to add some nautical elements to his room, I made this paddle to hang on the wall next to some sisal fish, decorative bouies, and a sailboat painting but after playing around with it, I kind of like it here in this little basket vignette…
decorative bouies-Patina Interiors Consignment Store (originally Homegoods)
sisal fish stringer-Kirklands
net-found in our garage (Academy)
To complete this project, first I had to find the right paddle. Academy had several to choose from. I picked the 3′ wooden paddle for $9.99. They also sell a 4′ for $12.99, 5′ for $14.99, and an even bigger size (not sure of the length) for $29.99. They all look like this just different sizes…
So I started by mixing 1 tbsp of Graphite with 1/2 cup of French Linen Chalk Paint (both by Annie Sloan). I wanted to paddle to be gray, but I wanted it a different gray color than what was already in the nursery. I painted the entire paddle with 2 coats of this mixture. Some areas needed touch ups because they weren’t covered all the way by both coats but for the most part 2 coats did the job…
Then I got some Sisal rope to add to the handle. I decided to go with the 3 ply Sisal instead of twine because I liked the look better. Sisal is a little bit lighter in color than twine. I found it at Hobby Lobby for half off of $3.99 and had a TON left over by the time I was done.
Then I decided that the paddle would look better if it was wrapped with sisal around the top and bottom. So I added more sisal to the very bottom of the stick in the same way. And the finished product looked like this…
I love how this paddle turned out and feel that it adds that nautical element I was looking for without being too “baby” or “little kid”. Also it only cost me $13 because I had left over chalk paint from another project and I now have extra sisal to play around with!
If you make your own paddle similar to this one, send me a picture! It doesn’t have to be necessarily for a little boy’s room! It could be for a lake house, camp, or even a little girl’s room! With all of the different color options out there, your possibilities are endless!