Wednesday, 22 February 2012

union jack love

This is the second item to come out of the lean to/workspace/studio. Furniture painted with Union Jacks is a big trend here too - I guess it started because of the recent royal wedding, but it's great to see it being used everywhere in blogland.
Pandy gave me this little table and said it was crying out for a makeover.

I actually decided NOT to paint it white !!! But I did decide to paint a Union Jack on the top and do it slightly 'in' from the edge because there was a natural line, created by the way the table was made.

I didn't take many photos (thank goodness, you're all thinking because your photos are rubbish !), but basically I sanded, put on two coats of primer, then painted the white, red and blue - taping as I went.
I found a great link that told me how to draw out the flag - this was actually a suggestion from the lovely Danielle at Silver Pennies who painted up a great chest of drawers with the Union Jack (she is married to a very cute Brit).

Yes, I distressed it A LOT - I love the old, vintage, distressed, shabby, scruffy, slightly soft round the edges (no, I'm not describing the old geezer !). I added a dark wax, you can see it at the top, before I covered the whole thing. I buffed it, then added a couple of coats of clear wax.

I love it, but maybe not so much, because I am actually going to try and sell it. If I manage to sell a few things then I can actually stay in the 'lean to' a lot more ! And it didn't cost me anything as I had ALL the paint, although I will be giving Pandy a percentage !!!

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  1. Love your Union Jack table - so cute. Love how you distressed it. I think it will definitely sell! Thanks for the lovely shout out too!

  2. Fiona..... IT'S AWESOME!!! You did Pandy's table proud. Love the way your distressed it. That's gonna sell, you just wait. Maybe the prince himself wants it.


  3. This is just darling! You've been busy!

  4. Perfect timing on this post! My grandsons want their dresser painted up like a Union flag and I hopped over to Silver Pennies to get the scoop on how to. Thanks! ~ Maureen

  5. Fiona I'm amazed! Once again! The drawing of the flag came out perfect!

  6. I love what you did to your table! Thank you for your comment on my bathroom vanity. I didn't realize you live in England. I'm dying to go there, sigh. Hopefully, I'll make it one day!

  7. Great blog! Love your projects. Happy to have you as a follower- now I am following you too!
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls & "Cowgirl Up!"

  8. Wonderful!! Trendy and vintage looking!
    You will have no problem selling your work. Beleive me!

  9. I love it! I made a dresser with the Canadian flag and would love to do a Union Jack on something, but the taping intimidates me. Too mathy.

  10. Der Tisch ist sehr sehr schön gewurden. Eine großartige Arbeit. Liebe Grüße.

  11. Hiya! Just found your blog and just had to take a look with a name like "just paint it white" cos I too love to paint stuff white :) So, I'm your newest follower, love your Union Jack table, and I would be thrilled if you could come visit my blog and check out my white decor too :)
    Have a great day.
    Cas x

  12. I love this--love the sanding you did on it. A pop of color is a good thing every now and then~!

  13. Very cool! I really want to make a union jack!!! New follower! ~Lori

  14. I loved the butterfly painting up above....but hello union jack! He is so handsome! Thanks for the inspiration.


  15. I think this turned out beautifully...great project!

  16. Very cute! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  17. I love this! may try it when the weather gets warm-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

  18. Wow! I really like how heavily distressed it is, looks so good!

    GG x

  19. Hi Fiona,

    Love the slightly rough painted texture on this table; an amazingly artsy transformation!



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