How to turn basic fiberglass snow skis into winter wall decor using chalk paint and wax for an antique wood finish.
It feels SO good to be back in the thrifting saddle again after taking a 3 month hiatus. I really meant to have this little project finished last month for Christmas, but I figured eh… this one can totally pass as winter decor.
I found these skis at Goodwill all the way back in September and scooped them up just knowing I could make them look antique and pretty.
If I snow skied, I might actually have taken them for a spin, but the last and only time I ever attempted anything on the slopes in college, a 9 year-old whizzed past me laughing as I somersaulted Wile E. Coyote style down the bunny slopes. So I’m cool with just making these decor. Haha!
And I wrapped this one up in time to join in with my monthly Trash to Treasure Tuesday buds, whose thrifty makeovers you can see at the bottom of this post (and you can see my past T2T makeovers here).
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There were really no tricks at all to this one other than I just painted the skis with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Honfleur.
I was going to give them my usual weathered-wood-look-with-chalk-paint-and-wax treatment, but my local store was out of lighter browns like Coco and French Linen, which probably would have worked better to show more grain-like texture.
And once the paint was dry, I just brushed on a coat of Annie Sloan Dark Wax to give the finish some dimension to mimic wood.
For an antique touch, Robert volunteered one of his old leather belts to wrap around the crossed skis.
And since the skis aren’t actually wood and are very light, we were able to hang them up temporarily by just using heavy duty Command velcro strips so that when winter is over, there’s no harm done to the wall.
Now that the trees are down and the Christmas decor is put away, I’m glad that we still have this winter-y decor here as a nod to the season. I always keep a few neutral pieces of greenery out, like these paperwhites, to add a little life and coziness in January and February to carry us through until spring.
I guess I won’t think about my skiing mishap too much or else this wall decor would just be a mockery. 😉
Since some of y’all often ask about decor sources, here are the ones I used (or similar):
Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
Oblong striped pillow (similar – mine is discontinued from H&M)
Navy pillow (similar – mine is discontinued from Target)
Paperwhites (similar – mine are discontinued from Kirkland’s)
Sofa – IKEA Farlov with Bemz slipcover
You can check out the rest of the T2T gals’ makeovers for this month below too for more ideas:
(Clockwise from top left):
Are you using any winter decor to add some coziness and hold you over until spring? Olivia asks me every day when the flowers will start blooming. I think she’s already as eager as I am.
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