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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Getting Snowpeak Retreat together was easy since we purchased the furniture in the sale, and we actually kept most of it while the stuff we didn't easily sold or donated. When we purchased the unit, it didn't feel like it was a retreat in the woods (remember the large print of the Golden Gate bridge over the fireplace?). The goal: turn this into the modern mountain retreat we couldn't wait to leave the city for.

Immediately after closing on Snowpeak Retreat, I was on the hunt for fun and affordable ways to decorate. The monthly Alameda Point Antiques Faire  is my favorite go-to for inspiration and I quickly found these vintage oars and scored them for $25!


I looked around the Internet for instructions on how to hang vintage oars - I was mostly looking for the math to already be done for me! Unfortunately, my search resulted in nothing.

So on a lonely September afternoon while waiting for the new bed to be delivered, I started doing some math. Here's how I figured it out:
  • To make it easy, measure 20 inches in from the oar's front edge and 4 inches from the handle edge on both oars. 
  • Add a 1 inch screw in the four spots.
  • Using wire, I created a loop attached to the screw that could easily hang over a nail. Although I tried to make them as similar as possible, there was a little frustration that only perfectionists will find in these types of projects. But any loop will work.
  • Now's the hard part - math. I made the following measurements and it may be helpful to draw it out on a piece of paper (the below image is useful too):
    • Measure the length of the wall (A)
    • Measure the length of each oar; they should be the same. (B)
    • Subtract the length of the oar from the total length of the wall. (A - B = C)
    • Divide this number in half. (C / 2 = D and E)
    • Now add 4 inches to one number and 20 inches to another. (D + 4 = F) (E + 20 = G)
  • You have the length between the wall edge to each of the nails behind the oars. 
  • Another option is to only measure from one wall edge, add your first nail and then add your second nail based on the distance between the two screws behind the oars. (H) This might be a better option as well if you have a level to keep those oars straight.
  • Suggestion: use a level to measure the distance between the two nails.

The top and bottom distance between the two oars? Good question. Once I had the top oar on the wall, I took a chance and measured 11 inches down and went for it. That step was pure luck but however you do it, as long as you have a little space and they're aligned, it will look polished.


What's the hardest thing you've ever had to hang on a wall? Is there a hanging tutorial that you'd like to see here on IHB? I like a good challenge!

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