With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to create a patriotic backdrop for summer get-togethers. The American flag seemed like the obvious choice. I’ve always liked the look of the flag painted on the side of old barns and wanted to create a similar look. This project is easy and only requires a few supplies:
I started by picking up some paint chips. One thing I appreciate about Glidden® paint is that they offer a simplified color palette instead of 1001 choices. It took this (sometimes) indecisive girl less than five minutes to settle on Glidden paint’s Red Delicious (GLR30) and Glidden paint’s Rich Navy (GLB25). I used Glidden Duo (paint and primer in one) in a flat sheen since I didn’t want this project to look too “shiny new” when it was finished.
I bought a 4×4 sheet of plywood at the home improvement store and started by rolling it with white paint.
Once that was finished, it was time to start marking and taping my stripes. Why does it always turn out to be some oddball number when you’re trying to calculate stripe width?! I ended up “loosely” marking them off between 3.5 and 3.75 inches and then taped them off with painter’s tape. (Luckily, perfection isn’t a requirement for this project.)
After I marked off and painted a blue square in the corner, I found a spare lamp shade to pencil a perfect circle. I decided to go with a Colonial flag to make the star stenciling a little easier. . .
Once it was all dry, I sanded it down—a lot. I think this is the most important step because it gives it some character (instead of looking like you just painted a spanking new flag in your garage. . . ). I sanded it more in some spots than others to give it a weathered look.
It’s fairly lightweight so for now, it’s just leaning against the brick wall on our patio (although you could put hanging hardware on the back—or drill holes and hang it with a rope.)
PS–I’m taking a little vacation from blogging for the next few days. See you later this week!