August 04, 2010

Towel Rack Surfboard

Last week my entry for So You Think You're Crafty won the "Water/Sea" round.  Today I'm going to show you how I made it.  You can click HERE to go vote for this week's round.  The theme is "Edible" and there are some cool entries.
To make this towel rack you will need a large sheet of MDF.  I purchased a sheet that was 4'x8' and a half inch thick.  (You'll have extra MDF for another project.)  I think the easiest way to get the surf board shape is to cut one long strip first so it's still 6' long, but about 2' wide.  (Usually they will cut make a few basic cuts for you at no cost at the Depot.)  Then sketch out a surfboard shape and cut it out.  Sand the edges.  (Find a cute nephew to model the cut board.)

Paint the surfboard.  You can use regular acrylic paint like you'd find at the craft store.  Paint the whole board white (or whatever color you're currently loving).

Next paint the stripes. Painter's tape is a must for this one.

Now it's time to paint on the name, which could be a surf board brand OR I used the last name of the family who the surfboard was for.  I usually free-hand it, but if you're not comfortable doing that, find a font you like and print the text off your computer.  Turn the paper over and scribble all over the reverse side of the paper where the text is.  Line up the paper where you want the letters to appear on the surfboard.  Take a pencil and outline the letters.  This will create a faint outline of your text on the surfboard.  Now paint in the letters.

To give the board an aged look, rough up the edges with sand paper.  If you want it really antiqued you can get out the electric sander.  Once it's roughed up as much as you want, add the polyurethane + stain shown in the picture above of the paint.  I like to dip a rag into it and rub it on to my liking.

Lastly, screw on your hooks (following the instructions on the package) and hang your board.  My sister painted the pictures above and used the same stain to antique them as well.

That's it!  Now you're ready to find a big wave in the bathtub.  Surf's up dude!


  1. hmm.. I wonder which edible craft is yours ;) so cute!

  2. I totally voted for this one--it was my favorite. Great job Cheri!

  3. What a cute idea! I really liked the tutorial on this one!

  4. Oooh that was yours? I love that!

  5. Love, love, love it!!

  6. That is so great, thanks for the tutorial. Before I started reading I totally thought it was a real surfboard! And the paintings are fabulous too!

  7. Where do you get all these ideas???? You are just constantly amazing. Seriously. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Just thought you should know that.

  8. what a great idea. i absolutely love it!

  9. "I absolutely love this party link. So genius, when I first saw the little thumbnail I thought it was a real surf board! Fabulous! I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it (Saturday Morning @ 7:00). We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors."

  10. Hi Cheri. I just saw your surfboard on Remodelaholic and thought it was terrific. Ingenious is more like it. Gosh I wish blogging was around when my son was a little surf boy. Thanks for sharing it.

    Hugs...Tracy :)
    P.S. I posted a my giveaway Fri. I hope you can stop by and enter.

  11. LOve this idea! Thanks for linking it up! Can't wait until my little boy is a little older and I can steal this idea for his room! :)

  12. What a fun idea for a beachy theme. WOW!

  13. Very Creative! I will also try making one using my old surfboard.
    corner towel rack

  14. Love your blog dear!
    is awesome!
    kisses from Perú!


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