Thrift Store Fishing Rod Holder Repurposed As Lake Sign

January 19, 2020

 Wow!  Did Minnesota ever get a pile of snow this month.  My husband hasn't snow-blowed a path to my shed, so I was limited on junk to upcycle or repurpose.

This week I found this fish shaped wooden, fishing rod holder at the thrift shop for $3.

Of course, it received a makeover.

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 First, I removed the slotted wood fishing rod holder.  It was screwed on from the back side.

I then filled two of the holes with Elmer's Carpenter Color Change Wood Filler.  I sanded the filler smooth when dry.

I then painted the fish shape with two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Barn Red. 
I used a foam brush.

 I pulled out two of my existing stencils, Lake Rentals, (from the *Old Sign Stencils Getaway Collection)

AND, the Old Sign Stencils Arrow Kit stencil.

I have used both of these stencils on other projects, and they are great to have on hand.

The arrow was just a bit longer than I wanted, but it would still work.

First I centered the word "Lake" from the "Lake Rentals" stencil on center of the fish.  I swirled on the letters using Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth. 

Next, I stenciled the arrow portion of the stencil to the right of the word "Lake".  I used a piece of tape to stencil up to a straight line.

I slid the whole arrow stencil to the right and aligned the feather portion of the arrow behind "Lake" and on the fish tail.

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I waxed the fish sign with Dixie Belle Big Mama's Butta.

I pushed a jute string through the two larger holes.  (Two screws went through these holes to attach the fishing rod holder to the wall)

On the side with the fish's head, I knotted the jute string on front, like an eye.  For the other end, I knotted the jute on the back.
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I now have a fun, red, LAKE sign.  Perfect for the LAND of 10,000 LAKES, Minnesota.

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*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

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To hang the sign outdoors, the sign should be sealed with water based poly.

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  1. SO charming! Upon first glance, I really thought you found a souvenir spoon rack! I need to go search the fishing sections more often! haha SO perfect!

    I've featured this cutie in this weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk 511. Thanks so much for bringing it over!

  2. What a great upcycle, Carlene! You know I'm swooning over that pretty red 😉


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