Shabby Union Jack
Does it matter that I’m not from the UK? Not to me, obviously. It reminds me of the Beatles and pubs and Bridget Jones and the British Open and our trip to London last summer.
These were a little on the drab side so I used Layla’s coastal flag for my color inspiration. The Lettered Cottage Coastal Flag
I’m apologizing in advance for this “tutorial.” I was a first grade teacher in my former life and when I give directions or explain things, it sounds like I’m talking to someone under three feet tall. Now, let’s get in a circle and sit “criss-cross applesauce.” Kidding.
I went to Home Depot and got 2- 1x6x10 foot lengths of knotty pine flooring boards. The only difference with flooring boards (sorry if I’m using the wrong terminology, I’m a girl) is that the top has an “innie” groove and the bottom has an “outie” groove. So that they fit together. I had the guy cut them into 2 1/2′ sections, so 4 pieces per board. Now you could make this with only 4 boards but I liked the way 5 looked. Is it the correct “official” Union Jack dimensions? Probably not. It’s art.
Next, I painted the boards with some shade of creamy white. Once dry, I dry brushed Sea Salt on top of it but left some areas of white peeking through. We’re going for shabby here…not perfection. Ahhh, that’s nice isn’t it?
Now I probably should have waited for the Gorilla Glue to dry before I started painting. Patience is, after all, a virtue. Unfortunately, it’s not one of mine! So I pushed it against the wall (I was painting in our hallway) to secure it as I painted.
Now to be somewhat accurate when drawing the Union Jack, the “+” lines are wider than the “X” lines. Make sense? So I painted the narrower “X” lines with a 2″ brush. Then I painted the “+” lines with a 3″ brush.
Once dry (again with the hairdryer) I used a 2″ brush and painted Sea Salt in the center of the white lines. I used the narrow part of the brush to paint these lines. On the wider lines, I still used the narrow part but just kind of widened the strokes a bit.
I let it just sit for an hour so the Gorilla Glue could fully dry. Then I took it outside and sanded it down with my Mouse sander and 220 grit sandpaper. I took any paint shine and gloppiness away. Here it is after the first sanding.
Now comes staining. I used MinWax “Jacobean.” Caution, this is very dark and a little goes a long way. I used a brush to apply it but I blotted the brush on a towel before I added the stain to the wood. Also, I didn’t want to cover the white parts and have them look dirty, so I “drew off” sections to fill in as I went.
That’s it. Super simple. A Union Jack made by an American living in Canada! Confused? Me too.