paint dipped oars

This old set of oars came from the Brimfield Antique Show for about $40.  They have a great weathered look and we thought that adding a modern striped pattern with a touch of gold would make a nice contrast.  For those of us who don't buy sculpture on a regular basis, these make great stand-ins!

We aren't alone in our obsession with the paint-dipped look.  You can find paint dipped vases, plates and pillows all over the place.  As for larger items, we've seen the legs of pretty much every piece of furniture altered by adding paint to the bottoms.  This gave us the idea to paint the "legs" of the oars.  Technically, we couldn't dip the oars in paint because we'd need a whole lot of paint and some ridiculously tall, skinny buckets to actually dip them.  So instead, we put the old painter's tape trick to work.  The thing is, we've had some rotten luck with taping off edges when we paint.  It often seems that the color leaks under the tape or some of the paint peels off when the tape is removed.  (Anyone else feeling our pain?).  We thought we'd give it one more try since we really, really wanted to go for this paint dipped look. 

This time, we used the Frog brand of painter's tape.  We chose a very light mint, a coral and a nautical blue for the stripes.  We were doing a little jig when we pulled off the first piece of tape and saw a perfectly even line of blue.  All Hail the Frog Tape Miracle!  We used the width of the tape to determine the spaces where the wood would show through.  For the times when there were two colors touching (the blue and the coral), we did the coral first, let it dry and then re-taped for the blue.  The final touch was some thin gold stripes that we did freehand using a Sharpie paint pen.  We're really happy with the results!  Let us know if you've tried anything similar...we'd love to see your photos!