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Monday, 1 April 2013

Union Jack Side Table

I know you aren't supposed to call the flag of Great Britain a Union Jack unless it is flying from a navy ship, but it sounds so much nicer than Union Flag.  After making a patchwork pennant in this style, I swore I'd never do that flag again!  However, when Farm Girl needed a bedside table I decided to give it one more go.    
This baby is all geometry! ~


I'm not going to actually measure this thing out and I have an old flag to use as a guideline.  Utah thinks it makes a lovely sleeping spot.  If you notice any errors, just chalk it up to the cat lying on that part of the pattern. ~


Either I didn't take a before picture or I deleted it. Sorry. Just imagine a scratched, gouged, cheesy wood finish on a sturdy Palliser bedside table.  It was a sweet bargain at $3.99 in the Salvation Army Thrift Store. As you know I'm not fond of sanding, so I gave it a light coat of  Benjamin Moore Fresh Start primer instead.

Then, all but the drawers got two coats of  BM CC-870 (Jet Blue).  The drawers got two coats of BM CC-50 (White Down).

Now, start taping and paint the centre cross in BM 2086-10 (Exotic Red) ~


DO NOT take the tape off, like I did!  You are going to need those lines.

Start taping and taping and taping. When the tape is removed, I'll have the white lines of the flag showing from the over all white coat underneath.~


Doing the flag on the front made it a little more tricky than going with the flat top.  My thought was that the top would be partially covered by a lamp and the stuff we all pile on a bedside table.  So, I went the hard route.  I highly recommend that you use Frog tape for this kind of a project.  I was disappointed with the amount of bleed through under the tape and it took a lot of touching up to clean up the lines.  That could have been easily fudged if Farm Girl wanted it distressed.  Sadly, her text said, "New paint, please".  Sure, honey, let's drag this project out!

The hardware finish was in bad shape and I used an egg carton to hold it upright for a coat of Old Masters Aged Bronze.  Worked like a charm! No pic of it painted but you see it on the finished table. ~


What would be nicer than snuggling down with a vintage book and a cup of tea in a Royal Grafton QE silver anniversary mug?  I think I should give Farm Girl this mug, don't you?  Shhhh - don't tell her I only paid 25 cents for it.


Get out of there Maeve!  I put the dresser beside the patio doors to try and get some sunlight for pictures and, anyway, it's none of her business what I'm doing. ~


Excuse me, I had no idea you wanted a spot of tea! ~


I was actually going to drink that tea.  Now it has cat spit in it!

It appears both my cats are royalists and they will be wild with excitement when the new prince/princess arrives.  Farm Girl is more apt to feel it plays homage to British bands like The Smiths, that kept her company during her teenage angst years.

Of course, I said I'll never do another Union flag after finishing this piece.  Then again, I love it so much I just may do .....  NO, NO, NO! ~


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