DIY Painted Paddle | Goodwill Project #20


Over the past few years we’ve seen the Fox, Owl and Raccoon become “hip” animals. Songs have been written about them, planters and figurines are made in their shape, and their faces have been stitched across the chest of fashionable sweaters.


Was this the same kind of popularity that ducks had back in the eighties!??!



The thrift store is filled with COUNTLESS pieces of wooden décor covered with painted pictures of ducks, geese and mallards. I found this particular wooden paddle at the Goodwill on Waterloo for only $1. 

It sat in my basement for months (as do many of my random thrifted finds), until just recently when I was inspired by all the 4th of July vignettes I was seeing on Pinterest.

Just a little paint, tracing paper, and a sanding sponge was all it took to give this paddle a much-needed makeover.




















Step 1: Buy a wooden paddle from Goodwill

Step 2: Flip it over and use the back side. If the back side happens to be painted as well, I recommend sanding down the paint otherwise the edges (blue circle and ducks) will show through.

Step 3: Using  Rustoleum’s 2x Ultra Cover White spray paint primer, spray 2-3 coats, allowing 20 minutes between each coat for drying

Step 4: Paint. I used a random can of blue paint I had on hand and made a quick mixture of DIY chalk paint so that it would be easier to sand. I never measure… I just grab a plastic cup from the cupboard, add 2-3 spoonfuls of plaster of paris, a little water, mix it together, add in paint, mix together again, and done! More detailed directions can be found here from I Heart Naptime.

Step 5: Tape off a few sections on the handle to make stripes. Print out a silhouette (in my case, the state of Ohio), and place a piece of tracing paper below it. Trace the outline, then fill in with white paint. For the stripes and silhouette I used white Annie Sloan chalk paint that I already had on hand.  

Step 6: I painted on a few red stars using basic red craft paint, let dry, and then sanded the whole paddle down using a fine grit sanding sponge.



I grouped the paddle with an ADORABLE pair of kid’s vintage red rain boots that I got from the Lakemore Goodwill for only $2.40, some American flags, an old galvanized bucket-turned-planter that I got at a garage sale, and of course some bunting! I made this bunting from plaid fabric napkins that were likely purchased at Goodwill a few years ago.


**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

12 comments:

  1. Please come and decorate my whole house.

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    1. Tell me whatcha need and I'll keep an eye out for it!!! :)

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  2. Oh, this is such a cute Fourth of July décor. I love the red vintage boots. It looks great.

    I hope you are enjoying the June days.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thanks Sheri! Those littled red boots were a huge score!!

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  3. All sorts of lovely. And, how do you find the time? I am so impressed with your style and time management skills. Love the duck pallet turned patriot pallet. Love the red rain boots and love the bunting. Everything is perfect.

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    1. Dont be fooled, Amy! My time management skills could definitely use some work! Thanks for the nice comments though :)

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  4. This is so creative. I love it. A lovely way to decorate for the upcoming holiday.Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday! xo

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  5. Very creative! Our mom has a big duck coat hanger from the 80's in the same hues as the "before" paddle colors, lol! This is so cute- love the revamp!!! (:

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    1. Those ducks were the HOT animal in the 80s!! And you know what that means... they'll be making a come back!!!

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