I know Union Jack inspired decor is really hot right now and I love the deliciously bold graphic that it presents. However, being the all American girl that I am, I decided to create a piece honoring Old Glory instead.
I found this dress two weeks ago at The Habitat Humanity's ReStore. It had just been donated fifteen minutes before I arrived there. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for Old Glory. I had my daughter "guard" it while I when to tell them at checkout that I wanted it. I got it for $35 dollars.
In my excitement to redo this piece, I failed to take pictures during the process. I lightly sanded the whole piece and used a primer. Then, I painted the entire piece with homemade chalk paint. This was my first time using it and it went pretty well. The paint dried super quick, but felt really rough. I lightly sanded the entire piece with 220 grit paper to smooth the paint.
Then I was ready for the taping off of the stripes and painting of the red and blue. Again, I used homemade chalk paint. For the stars I traced a circle using a salad plate then stamped the stars with a foam star stamp I had.
After that I distressed it by sanding and then applying a mocha glaze. I had to wait a few days for the glaze to cure and then I applied a furniture paste wax in natural.
I went back to the ReStore and found these amazing old brass pulls. I love the patina on them. I got them four in a pack for $4.50. I needed six so ended up spending $9 dollars.
Here is the Before one more time:
And the After!
I'm just loving the stripes! Now to find the perfect spot for Old Glory. :-)
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