Hey love bugs!
This is probably one of my favorite DIY's I'm going to be making so I'm super stoked to be sharing the process with you! Since I've been stuck to shooting indoors this winter, you've gotten to see how I decorate my home. Ever since, you've all been obsessing over all my tapestries, & other nic nacs! In some of my recent posts, I've stored this dinged up, yellow old surfboard in the corner that I got years ago for free from my grandparents friends. Now, I don't surf (yet). & learning on a 6'2" old board would be crazy difficult! So here is a DIY to turn a old, beat up surfboard into gorgeous, personalized home decor!
What You'll Need:
I am using acrylic paint instead of spray paint or posco pens ( surfboard art pens) because this is all I had on me & it was a spur-of-the-moment midnight DIY. After I finish painting, I will apply a waterproof sealant, just in case!
*TIP* I would honestly invest in a white spray paint base because it will go SO MUCH FASTER than than my approach!
Scroll down to see your supplies!
- An old Surfboard!
- Paint! (spray paint, paint pens & acrylic seem to be preferred)
- Paint brushes (of all sizes)
- Paint tray
- Wax Remover OR alternatively, Coconut Oil (to remove any excess wax that is still on the board)
- A rag (IF using coconut oil)
- Spray Can Sealant (once you're finished your masterpiece)
- Paint Tarp or Old Towels
- Tape to cover any logos or parts you'd like to keep (or for separation, i.e. multi colors)
Since the board you are most likely using is a old board, I'm sure at some point in it's lifetime it's had some mad love. Hence, there will most likely be layers of wax build up! Use a wax remover to scrap the wax off OR alternatively, coconut oil!
Take your rag and rub hard in a circular motion with melted (warm, not hot) coconut oil until the wax is removed. Afterwards, just take a clean, damp rag to get the oil off.
Wipe dry, & lets paint!
Tape around any parts you don't want to be painted on. For my board, I taped around the logos. (I then decided later on, I didn't have a need for the logos since I wouldn't be riding it. Oh well, more room for art)
Now It's time to start your base coat!
Again, I definitely took the long way around in using white acrylic paint. Literally, 5 hours worth of layering and layering to cover up the yellow. Seriously, take my advice & spend the $3 to purchase the spray paint!
Lots & lots of iced coffee will be involved otherwise.
Don't worry about the gross edges! They're cleaned up at the end ;)
Now comes the fun part!
I was going to first draw out my design with a pencil, but my billions of layers of white acrylic paint seemed to be taking light years to dry! So I became inpatient & free-hand painted. To my surprise, I think it turned out pretty symmetrical!
Once you are ALL finished painting your design, use a spray paint clear sealant to guarantee no chips or damage to your board. If you buy one that is water proof, you could even take it in the water! Which would be a good way to overhaul an old surf board!
My cute little surfboard is all finished! It goes perfectly in my little condo. I absolutely ADORE it!!
If you love this fun little DIY as much as I do, share your thoughts or any questions you have in the comments below
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