Fellow garage sale, flea market and thrift store addicts — our homes are filled with vintage castaway furniture, quirky knick knacks and retro threads, with stories behind where and how we discovered each piece.
One of our Seeababes, Ashley Johnston is no exception. Her latest find was an old longboard that she picked up at a board swap. She actually had her eye on a different board, but was swooped in by an old uncle! The owner didn't want to disappoint her and pulled out a second board and sold it to her for even less. The sun-tinted, dented and dinged up longboard had seen better days but with a little bit of love, it still had a few more rides left in it. Ashley showed us how she repainted it to make it her own.
Watch the short video below, and keep going for the full DIY instructions!
Gather up all your materials:
- Mineral spirits to help clean the board off
- Sand paper: you want to use a light or fine grade paper to detail everything. You don't want to be too harsh.
- Wax comb to scrape off the old wax
- Pencil to mark where you want to paint the stripes
- Painters tape to mark off the striped zones
- Old fabric to protect your work space from unwanted paint and the parts of the board you aren't painting on
- Newspaper also to protect your work space from unwanted paint and the parts of the board you aren't painting on
- Spray paint colors. We used the matte as a personal preference. Don't forget the clear coat after the color to make sure the paint stays on better.
Step 1: Get into some work clothes and clean off the board with the sandpaper. Here's the time to repair any dings with Sun Cure too.
Step 2: First color! For stripes or color blocking, tape off the portion of the board that you want to paint first. We started with the blue, the biggest portion of the board. Get spraying.
Step 3: Let it dry. Hang out.
Step 4: Hooray! Paint is dry. Tape and cover up the part you just finished (in our case, the blue) so you can paint the rest of the board without getting any stray paint on it. Spray paint the second color. We did the green nose next.
Step 5: DIY is more fun with friends. To create the stripes on the tail, tape off the parts that you want to remain the base color (the blue). The part that is exposed will be spray painted with another color. We did yellow.
Step 6: Spray paint the stripes. Let them dry. If there are some bumps or rough spots, you can sandpaper them smoother. Apply the clear coat over the whole board at the end.
Step 7: You're done! Add a fin, wax it up and take it out for a glide.