When my 16 year old son asked if he could borrow my sander, I had to check out what he was up to.
He had removed the wheels from an old skateboard we had laying around and said he wanted to sand off the design that was painted underneath, so it was back to just wood.
I forgot to take a before pic, but here’s the general idea of how it looked from this pic I found on the web … just your average skateboard that’s had a good work out!
I showed him how to use a heavy grit sandpaper to get the paintwork off, and then a finer grade paper to get a smooth finish. Here’s what it looked like after he brought it back in to show me.
SWEET!! Great job!
Then he asked about varnishing it, but wanted a slightly deeper tone than the blonde wood.
So I was looking at what stains I had in the cupboard, and I tell ya, I’ve clocked up a few cans and jars of all sorts of things from light to darker stains and combo stain varnishes.
Then my husband walks past hearing our conversation and suggests: “Why don’t you use that Hemp Oil stuff you’ve been going on about?”
He’s a keeper!
If you missed any of my posts on Hemp Oil lately, there is one HERE.
Using a clean rag, squeeze some of the oil onto the rag and rub all over the surface along the grain of the wood.
He said he saw this idea on the internet where someone used some twine like this, to do a cross over design on the front of the board through the screw holes where the wheels go…
So he did that, and at the back where the string crosses over to the far side, it forms a hanging line to hang the board on the wall.
And there you have it – from skateboard to wall art in less than 1/2 an hour!!
Chalkboard paint makes a great feature wall, which we had painted a few months ago for his birthday.
We’re looking forward to seeing what chalkboard art creations he’ll add around the board!
He loves riding his longboard and is pursuing a career in Graphics & Design. I love the way his natural creativity in design, show in this initiative he took to create something himself, for his room!
You can check out some of Beau’s design work at www.beauhankins.com
Shameless proud mother plug right there!
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