Paige Hemmis is showing you how to turn an old craft oar into a handy coat rack.


  • Craft Oars
  • Metal anchor robe/coat hooks
  • Acrylic paint (colors you desire)
  • Paint brush
  • Sand paper (any grit)
  • Either a drill with Phillips head bit or a Phillips screw driver
  • French cleat
  • Pencil
  • Rag/Paper towel
  • Tape measure
  • Self-adhesive vinyl letters


1. Taking your acrylic paint, add paint to your oar with a dry-brush technique. I used a light brown for the handle part, and blue and white for the paddle part. Set aside to dry.
2. Since we want these to have a weathered/used look, take some sandpaper and rough up the area you painted. Wipe down with a damp rag to clean the dust.
3. Measure the length of your oar. Since mine is a craft oar and only 36”, I will only be using 3 robe/coat hooks on each oar. You want to use the “handle” part of the oar as the coat rack, and the “paddle” part as your message.
4. Now measure just the “handle” and shaft of your oar. Taking a pencil, mark the area you would like each hook to go (so that they are evenly spaced).
5. Attach your hook to the handle/shaft of your oar with a drill/screw gun and screws. If you are using a real oar, you may need to pre-drill first so that they screw will go in nicely.
6. Attach all of your hooks. Wipe off any dust you made from the screws.
7. Head over to the paddle part. This is where you can get creative. What do you want it to say? Welcome? Your last name? A cute quote about the lake? I decided to do two oars. One says “Welcome” and one says “Home & Family”.
8. Add your vinyl letters to the paddle section.
9. Hang on the wall with a French cleat.
10. Sit back, relax and admire your adorable oar coat rack!

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