I picked up this beat up pair of faux wooden ski’s at a garage sale a couple of years ago.
Then I promptly forgot all about them until I was cleaning out my carriage house the other day. I think they were about one step away from ending up in the burn pile.
They aren’t real ski’s, obviously. I’m assuming they were always meant to be decorative in some way. So I decided to see if I could improve them with a little paint.
I started by mixing up some Barn Red milk paint that Homestead House sent me a while back.
This color is pretty much exactly what you would expect from a barn red. Just a tad darker and more muted than Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle.
It just took one coat to cover the wood perfectly. Since this was bare wood the paint soaked in and didn’t chip at all. Once dry, I stenciled my Christmas message in a warm white acrylic craft paint.
Can I just mention at this point that it’s really challenging to take interesting photos of long skinny items?
Once the stenciled designs were dry I sanded the ski’s to distress them a bit and then wiped them down with a rag and just a small amount of Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax.
And just like that these ski’s became colorful Christmas decor.
I put a hanger on the back so they can be hung on the wall horizontally under one’s banjo, if one happens to have a banjo on the wall.
But they also could be just propped up vertically.
I worked on a few other little painting projects last weekend, all part of a pile of stuff I’ll be bringing in to Reclaiming Beautiful for their upcoming holiday open house on Thursday.
If you’re local, consider heading to Stillwater on Thursday starting at 3 p.m. for a little shopping!