Hello dear friends,
My how I’ve missed you. I have had so many posts in my head over the past few weeks that I have really been wanting to share with you. I wanted to get this one in before Independence Day. I’ll try to quickly crank it out. Here goes…
This post is a little project I’ve been working on for probably a month. I have only had snippets of down time here and there between work and class assignments. Lately, I’ve been filling them with painting.
Last summer I did a post about some items from Pottery Barn that I thought would be cute for Judd’s parents’ farm. One of them was this.
I thought it would be so cute to paint a true-to-scale flag to hang on the porch. I think the PB one was made of wood. But, I knew we had lots of old tin stored in the barn from when the roof was replaced. I asked my father-in-law if he would mind for me to take a piece home to paint. He thoughtfully obliged and even helped me to pick out a piece that was already cut to the right size.
I used the following items to create my flag.
- f0am stars
- Rustoleum white spray paint
- red, blue, and white acrylic paint
- painter’s tape
- small paint brushes
First, I cleaned the tin with a damp cloth and let it dry. Then, I took the tin outside and spray painted the entire front side with a few coats of white Rustoleum paint. When the paint was dry I brought it back in and put it on my dining room table. It’s just way too hot in Alabama to do anything outside for very long. :)
Next, I measured the flag in order to make sure I could fit 13 even stripes from top to bottom. My stripes were about 2” apart. I put down painter’s tape over the stripes that I wanted to remain white. I started from the bottom because I knew I needed six stripes underneath the stars.
Once the bottom stripes were marked off, I began using my foam stars as templates to make sure I could evenly align and fit the 50 stars. The stars had a peel-off sticky backing. Because the tin was corrugated the stars didn’t stick down perfectly; however, they did adhere enough to stay in place while I held them down and painted around them one by one.
Once the navy paint was dry, I removed the stars. I used a small paintbrush and some white paint to touch up just a few little areas. Voila, 50 white stars. Note, this picture was before the touch-ups of white paint.
Then, I taped off the rest of the stripes and filled in the untaped areas with several layers of red paint.
What do you think? I can’t wait to put it to good use.
Judd and I wish you and yours a very fun and safe Independence Day.