This is a great project for all you tennis lovers out there. Especially, the younger players that never had to swing the old wooden ones!!!
I have been finding and buying old wooden rackets (racquets?) the past year. I love old vintage sports equipment like these rackets, as well as, the old wooden persimmon golf clubs from my great grandfather. Most of them are beautiful and I wouldn't want to change a thing about them! But, some are just right for transformation!
First, I make sure the racket isn't too warped (it's okay if it is just slightly warped)
Clean it up as well as you can - it might need some light sanding for those areas that might have taken a little frustrated abuse (say, hit the net a few times or, like my husband did, toss it into some trees)
Prime it. Just because it has been held and tossed a bunch. Keep in mind this sweet racket could have lots of sweat and tears that you don't want showing up later. I primed this racket in our old company painting room. It looks yucky but there is a huge ventilation draw and I can paint no matter the weather!
I like to add large cup hooks to the handle for necklace/bracelet storage. Most rackets hold 5 easily but, you could add more or less. I think 5 is a good number - it's not too crowded and not too sparse.
Then, I spray paint the racket with 2 coats of whatever color I want. Follow that up with a few coats of poly sealer for a long life. (Note: spray is best for this project)
And now you have a unique one of a kind piece for that tennis star in your life! Or, maybe keep it for yourself?
Thank you for being here!