Saturday, February 9, 2013

Here's to the Union Jack

A few years ago a sweet friend of mine invited me to go with her to London.  We had a great time shopping the London markets and seeing the sights.  Ever since then, I've been smitten by all things British.  It seems that others have, too.  The Union Jack has appeared on furniture all over Pinterest.

I bought this blue cabinet a while back at an auction.  I wasn't sure I was crazy about the color, so it's been sitting in my garage waiting on inspiration.  

Last week it came to me.  It's already blue. Just add some red and white stripes!  Now taping off the stripes is more complicated than you might think.  I found this tutorial to help me with the spacing.  While I didn't follow it to a t, I think I got the gist of it.  

I recently won some Frog Tape from Christie at Carter's Cottage.
Perfect timing!

First I taped off for the white stripes.  This photo shows the tape before I trimmed it to just the painting areas.  I gave it two coats of  ASCP Old White.

The best part is always peeling the tape away!

Next, I taped off for the red paint.  This was a little bit easier.

I used ASCP Emperors Silk for the red.

This took three coats and then I peeled away the tape.
I distressed it a bit and applied clear wax and some glass knobs.

And Bob's your uncle!

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Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a great cabinet with a fun paint job! I think the Union Jack craze is still going strong!

Twice Nice said...

Love it! That is a fun Union Jack!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Now look at had one awesome idea!!! Stop by on Monday and grab my featured button for your blog...yes you will befeatured at my NTT party.


Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Really nice.

Unknown said...

What a fun idea and yes right on trend...although I'm not sure how something so classic can be considered trendy but in any case it's fabulous!


Rita Mireles said...

I just Union Jacked my first piece. LOVE YOURS IT LOOKS AWESOME!!

Hilary said...

This looks awesome!! My boyfriend was born in London so I have been wanting to Union Jack something in our house, but I haven't figured out what yet. Thanks for sharing!


Maureen Wyatt said...

Nice job on the cabinet! I'm just about to do an end table for my daughter with the union flag and I'm looking for all the inspiration I can get.

Stephanie said...

I L-O-V-E this and you definitely have way more patience than me!

Orlando Designs said...

You did such a great job with this piece! I would love to have this!

Unknown said...

Great job, I have been wanting to do one of these, but am a little chicken! ;-)


Unknown said...

I LOVE all things union jack and you aced this one!!!
Beautiful job!

Lisa and Joey @ Paintbrush and Screwdriver said...

Thank you for doing the red stripes properly!!!

I know it's petty, but it drives me nuts when people do them wrong. It's my English background coming through :)

Great job!

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

This turned out awesome! I just featured it in my DIY project round-up from last week's Monday Funday party!

Thanks for linking!

Unknown said...

Amazing! I have seen it on a coffee table but it looks so good on an armoire! WOW
I would love if you link this to my link party Monday morning!

Chenille Cottage said...

What a delightful new face you have given your cabinet! the red, white and blue! Thank you for sharing the "how tos"!

Karen at said...

Gorgeous! Did you like working with Frog Tape? I have been reading about it around Blogland...

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Fantastic job on old blue, Cyndi! Your transformation was just what the piece needed.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I'm running behind this week. sure to stop by today to see yourself featured.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

My Repurposed Life said...

I love how this cabinet turned out. You did a great job of taping and seeing it through! fabulous makeover
thanks for sharing at ccc, catching you!

Good Time Charlie said...

Hi Cyndi. I love this project. Thanks so much for sharing at my link party, I am featuring at the party today!

Miss Charming said...

Cyndi, Thanks so much for the ironstone mold. It arrived in the mail safe and sound.

My Eclectic Loft said...

Awesome! Great work.

Natasha in Oz said...

That looks brilliant! We've just returned from a trip to London and Paris and I'm smitten with all things British too!

Best wishes and happy weekend,
Natasha in Oz

PS My Say G'day party has just started and I'd be thrilled if you could join in and link up this great project!