YEARS ago (I capitalized years because it was many more than 3)… anyway YEARS ago I inherited my grandfathers row boat oars. This man used to spend his free time out rowing around the Albemarle Sound fishing and crabbing and protecting me from the vicious geese that seemed to take a liking to me. When he passed away, wow, over 10 years ago, I believe his oars were sent to my family’s cottage, and sat there collecting dust. About four years ago I asked my mom if I could have them, honestly not sure why I wanted them. The oars came to my new house and sat on my back deck for three and a half years, not only collecting dust but tons of spiderwebs!
This past month I came home from visiting a friend in Richmond and felt inspired after seeing her super cute house. I had gotten lazy with my projects and crafts. After spending some time in her well decorated, totally crafty, Martha-Stewart-Would-Be-Impressed home, I felt like I needed to do something!
I walked out on my deck and saw the oars sitting in the corner. I sanded them down but left them a bit rugged. I found some random shelf hooks at ikea to hang the oars. But I decided they needed more of a purpose than just hanging over a door… they were going to become curtain rods! I went to the material store and bought some inexpensive burlap and some rope. I’m no sewer, which I’m not proud of, so I had the lady cut them the length I thought I needed. Instead of sewing the top of the curtains, I just cut holes for the rope to be the “curtain hooks.” It’s supposed to look rustic, so who cares if there are holes and rope holding the curtains up?!
Next, I added a little flair. The whole project looked nice, but it still needed something. The wacky ikea shelving system had a hole, where you were supposed to nail the shelf to the shelf holder. I decided to add some starfish and buttons to it!
I took photos of the entire process, which I think my macbok ate. I will keep looking for the photos, but in the mean time you can take a look at the finished product. Let me know what you think! I’m sure my grandfather would be laughing, knowing that his rowboat oars are now curtain rods! 🙂