Nautical Art Repurposed From Vintage Fencing

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 Can you believe that it is already the end of May? I feel like time is moving at warp speed…and I’m having difficulty keeping up 🙂 Before we know it, we will be celebrating July 4th – Independence Day. We are in a Red-White and Blue craft and decorating frenzy in our neck of the woods.

I love this holiday! We have a lot of family vacation time spent at the lake with family and friends. We entertain, take boat rides, swim in the lake, have many cookouts and of course watch fireworks!

We’ve already shown you how to make a rustic American flag with grade stake pickets – you can read that tutorial here.

Today I’m showing you how we repurposed old fencing for some Americana, nautical inspired art. Let’s get started!

First, you need to have a great friend like we do in Carol. She knows we love old, chippy and worn wood and she wondered if we were interested in her fencing. She was having a new one put up. We jumped at the chance to go to her “dump” pile. When asked, Carol stated that the fencing was “older than dirt”. This is just one of the projects that we are doing with the old fence.

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.We removed a couple of old nails…

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.…and began sawing the fence post into three equal lengths.

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.We ended up with these lovely pieces…

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.The weather didn’t cooperate so everything came indoors for the painting process…

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.Using a nautical anchor stencil – I got to work…

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.I started with blue paint for the anchor and a bit of white for the roping…

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.I painted the other pieces with alternating colors…

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.I embellished the rope with a bit of paint and let the paint dry completely. I then used fine-grit sandpaper to distress the paint…

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.I added clear paste wax over the paint…

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.…followed by a small bit of dark wax.

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.I really love how these turned out.

We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.We repurposed old fencing from a friends yard. One of the projects that we did was create patriotic Americana nautical art. We stenciled red, white and blue anchors and then distressed and antiqued the wood.

Nautical Collage

I cant wait to take these to the lake! This was a fun, very quick and easy project – I will be making more for our sale booth space! I think my favorite part is that we reused and repurposed what would definitely have been trash. I also liked the fact that this project was virtually free, as I already had everything on-hand, leftover from other projects. Have you repurposed anything lately?

18 Comments

  1. Nice job! So creative and I love anything nautical! I’m sure they’ll sell quickly in your booth!

  2. I absolutely love this! It turned out great, and is oh so creative! Love that I found it over at the its your turn to shine link party! 🙂
    Cathy

  3. Fun re-purposed project & perfect for the season. Please share a photo of how you use them at the lake 🙂 These will be a hit in your booth too! Bwg ~~~

  4. Vicki and Jen, You don’t even know how much I LOVE these. So adorable and love the rustic yet summer by the lake charm. The rope with polka dots is the perfect little touch. It reminds me I bought a nautical lifesaver thingy last year and need to go dig it out and do something cute with it. have a great day, Lisa

    1. Lisa – you are so very sweet!We can’t thank you enough for your friendship and encouragement!

  5. It’s perfectly summer-y and super frugal.
    We just removed some old fence, I think I should keep some for projects inspired by this. 🙂

  6. Super cute ladies! love the red white and blue 🙂 Hugs, Coco

  7. You know I’ve been collecting nautical stuff for Max’s bedroom makeover and I just love this! Can’t wait to see what else you guys make with that fantastic older than dirt wood :).

    1. Amy – Max’s room is going to be so adorable – can’t wait to see the finished room!

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