We like tennis at our house. We like vintage racquets, too. It started when my grandmother gave us her wooden racquet. It’s the one in the middle of this display. Then I found a Don Budge racquet at a garage sale and of course I had to buy it because he is mentioned in Annie, one of my favorite musicals. {Have an instructor here at noon. Oh, and get that Don Budge fellow if he’s available.} We wanted to have three racquets in the display, so I found one more vintage racquet on ebay. This is the display my husband built for the racquets. Want to see how how he did it? Keep reading.

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This is actually the second tennis racquet display I’m sharing with you. I shared the other one here. To make this display, my husband started with a few different pieces of wood. He cut holes out of the round piece that were big enough to slide the racquets through. The bottom is part of a fence post topper, and the support is a shelf support. This has actually been hanging on our wall unfinished for a while, so I’m not showing you the very beginning. This photo is from when it was disassembled for painting.

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This is the piece where the handles of the racquets rest. After hanging in the house for a while, my husband decided that while he was painting this, he would carve out the resting place so that the racquets would be a little more stable. We didn’t want to put any nails into the racquets, so they are just resting in the display.

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He painted the display red. Once it was dry, he painted a layer of black paint, then two more layers of red. He wanted to be able to rough it up a bit and have some of the black show through.

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Once it looked the way he wanted it to look, he coated it with polyurethane. It looks really good with the other racquet display he made. They are on opposite walls in our family room. I think we’ll stop collecting racquets now. It’s a lot of work to create these displays!

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