One of my favorite ways to add character to a home is to work older, architectural elements into the decor. During a recent visit to the flea market, I came across some old oars that had a great patina to them, and I thought they'd look great in a nautical themed room. The major challenge presented by these oars was how exactly to mount them. I wanted to hang them horizontally on the wall. While I could have simply screwed in 'eye' hooks and hung them from wire, I wanted something more creative, more nautical. My solution: use actual oar mounts. Why not? That's how they are mounted on a boat, so why not apply the same technique on my wall?
After some thought, I realized the oars needed to be a few inches off the wall which meant the oar mounts needed to be mounted on blocks of wood. Visually, this looks nicer than having them flat against the wall. Because I was working with a nautical theme, I decided to make the wood mounts out of mahogany which is a classic wood species used in boatbuilding.
I cut the blocks to size, then finished them with a few coats of high gloss varnish to give them an even more old-timey, nautical feel.
Once dry, I located the studs in the ceiling with a stud finder -- and after a little layout -- I pre-drilled holes in the blocks, then screwed them through the sheetrock and into the studs. From there, it was just a matter of screwing the mounts into the blocks, and voila! Thar' she blows!