July 19, 2012

Painting A Union Jack..... The Real Story

OK, so here's the deal, some projects are so fun I can't wait to do them again and some projects.........Well, lets just say this is the last Union Jack Project you will see here!


I found this cute little stool at an estate sale and it was already blue and you can see the red peaking through.  I bought it the same weekend as the Queens Jubilee, so I was all into the Union Jack


Ok, so here is the problem, I, like many of you thought the Union Jack was just a cross with an X through it.......NO, there is some slight nuances with the X that make it difficult and tedious to paint

Click HERE for a great tutorial on drawing a Union Jack

Now, look close at the X, the red line is not centered in the white

Pretty funny, I thought every Union Jack I saw painted on blogs had messed up LOL!


Oh and this will take you a roll of painters tape...Tape, paint, wait,  tape, paint, wait, repeat ZZZZZ.   


I sanded and waxed it to bring out the undercoat of red paint then put it in my booth at Orange Tree for $28

To my UK Friends, I love you, and I love the Union Jack.....I just don't loooooove painting it!


Have a great weekend

Happy Creating!

Carol

37 comments:

Melodee said...

oh my gosh Carol it's darling!! and $28, what a steal for the lucky buyer!!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Carol,
How funny, I have that same stool...a friend gave it to me about 30 years ago. It has been thru a lot of painting thru the years (I mean, we have used it to paint lots and lots of rooms). I would put more than $28 on it...try around $42.

Blessings,
Linda

Marilyn said...

I knew there was something about the flag, but never took time to remember the fact. Perfect for a 2012 reminder of the royal celebration!♥♫

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hey You!!
It's been Fun around here..NOT!!
Anyway...Nice little stool! You are always coming up with Great Ideas!!! I need your energy!
You could come here in Sept. Ihave a guest room!
Deb :)

Debbie said...

I never knew that about the nuances in the cross piece. I probably would have just la dee dah painted and messed it up. I guarantee that will sell quickly. It's really cute!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Great piece--I don't think I want to paint a Union Jack anytime soon--it doesn't sound easy!

Createology said...

I never realized the off-center stripes. Yikes! Your little stool is very quaint and someone will snap this up post haste. Blissful weekend dear...

Jamie said...

Well, it turned out super cute anyway. Great job with all that tedious and hard work! The stool really looks great ~ Jamie

NanaDiana said...

Ummmm...sounds like some of the people I have worked with in the past...when you ask them what they are doing cuz it seems like they are sitting around waiting for paint to dry! BUT--that was worth waiting for because it is very, very cute- xo Diana

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

Hi Carol, Your table turned out really cute. I love it...Connie

Gina said...

This is such a great stool and so unlike anything you've done before! It turned out wonderfully, even though it drove you nuts. I never realized that about the Union Jack before you said it.

SavannahGranny said...

OMG! I never noticed the offset stripes. I knew the criss cross under the cross would require some skill but oh my. I don't blame you, been there, done that.
Have a great weekend, Ginger

marda said...

So much for easy peasy!!!! I never noticed that red stripe being off center either. It turned out wonderfully...wow only $28...love to live near your shop!!!

Chenille Cottage said...

What a great stool, Carol! You did a fantastic job giving it a new face. I'd imagine it will be snatched up in a minute1
Smiles,
Carolynn

Rona Gregory said...

LOL! You did just great Carol! I never really paid so much attention .... lines that don't line up? Never noticed before haha ... and I'm British *hangs head in shame* lo!

xx

Susan Erb said...

Carol,

Thanks for the post, it will save me a lot of time in NOT even attempting to recreate this :). It did turn out fantastic, though!

Sue

Debbiedoo's said...

It turned out great Carol. Your a better gal than me...I would have botched that baby right up!

chris mckinley said...

Your hard work paid off!! The stool looks great!!

chris

Claudia Tyler said...

I understand completely. I just finished a project never to be done again! Hopefully perseverance will pay off. Your project looks great. Thanks for sharing with us.

rosieinspirations said...

Just love learning something new! Never noticed that about the flag till you pointed it out. Thanks and great little stool!

lynn said...

it turned out darling, carol! one and done--that's what i call this kind of project. i'm glad i tried it, and i don't want to do it again:) happy weekend!

Gypsy Heart said...

Incredible price for the all the work my friend. It looks beautiful! I can only imagine the time you spent...

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Incredible price for the all the work my friend. It looks beautiful! I can only imagine the time you spent...

xo
Pat

Rhissanna said...

I really, really appreciate that you took the time to get it right! Actually, if it's not being a flag and not flying, I think it's probably ok. There's versions of the Stars and Stripes that don't have all of the stars and stripes, right?

It's a lovely little stool and you're selling it at a bargain price, for all the love and work you put into it!

Rule Brittania!

Roxanne Reinhart said...

It turned out fantastic! I am sure it will be snatched right up.

Stampin D Amour said...

Carol - this turned out so awesome!!! I can see the inspiration since the stool was already blue.

-pamela ;)

slowlaneblog.com said...

I just came across your Blog via Pinterest. What a great Blog!!! Have added you to my reading/learning list.
The little chair turned out terrific despite the Union Jack trouble. Not many people realize it isn't just an X. I made a cushion once and only once and I kept it!!!!!
Thank you for sharing your work/ideas and Home.

slowlaneblog.com said...

I just came across your Blog via Pinterest. What a great Blog!!! Have added you to my reading/learning list.
The little chair turned out terrific despite the Union Jack trouble. Not many people realize it isn't just an X. I made a cushion once and only once and I kept it!!!!!
Thank you for sharing your work/ideas and Home.

slowlaneblog.com said...

I just came across your Blog via Pinterest. What a great Blog!!! Have added you to my reading/learning list.
The little chair turned out terrific despite the Union Jack trouble. Not many people realize it isn't just an X. I made a cushion once and only once and I kept it!!!!!
Thank you for sharing your work/ideas and Home.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol,
Well I can see it was a lot of painting and taping, but it turned out fabulous. I bet it is already gone from your booth.
Thank you for sharing, once again your creation fabulous.
Have a great and creative week.
XO Celestina Marie
p.s.Just got back from Miami. Had a relaxing time, although it was really humid.

Denise said...

I'm glad that you pointed that out. I would have painted it all wrong. If I ever do one. Heather just paints everything FREE HAND! The girl is crazy good. Me.....not even close. I think I would have kept it for the price you sold it for. It was CUTE!

Connie said...

It may have been a bummer to paint, but it turned out great. Fabulous job! Have a great day, Connie :)

Olivia said...

I think it is adorable!
xo
OLivia

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

I hadn't noticed that before?? Your stool looks great...hope it goes to a "good home" :) Laurel

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I would have charge $2,800.00...ha! It's fabulous Carol!!

Heart Vintage Design said...

I too thought it was an "X" until I did one. Even using a stencil, this is tricky to keep the colors right. The end product was beautiful!

gex house said...

awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!

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