Ever since I saw a really cool picture of a heavily distressed wooden hanging in someone's office, I have wanted one of my own. So when I found a huge - and very heavy - fence panel in a neighbor's trash last year I dragged it into my car and drove home with it hanging out of my open trunk. Then it sat. And sat. Last week when I realized Memorial Day was upon us I thought it would be a good time to make good on my vision. I looked and looked for my inspiration photo but I could not find it anywhere. Not on Pinterest nor in my stash of photos that I used to save before Pinterest. But I made it anyway, by memory.
Now you can make one too! All you have to do is find a fence. Or a pallet. Or any found wood. Hopefully you wouldn't have to actually BUY wood.
Here's how to do it.
Take your fence apart. A hammer and a pry bar are very helpful here.
Put your wood pieces together with wood stripping (1 by 2's) and wood screws.
Cut off the rotten ends and the shaped ends.
The math goes like this. Measure height of flag and divide that measurement by 13. That is how deep each strip will be.
The blue stars section begins above the 6th stripe from the bottom.
The right border of the blue section looked like it was a little over 1/3 the width of the flag. Mark that off.
Measure the stars area. The height divided by 9 is how deep your rows for the stars will be. The width divided by 6 is how wide the area will be for the rows that have 6 stars.
Mark off your rows of 6 stars and then mark your rows of 5 by placing the stars in between the spacing of the rows of six.
I made a stencil to get the right size of star then traced where each star would go.
Paint your entire flag. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor's Silk, CeCe Caldwell Vintage White, and American Craft Paint in Mercurial Blue. I painted it fully because I wanted the distressing to take of the top and to have paint remaining in the lower areas. If you just paint wash you get the opposite effect.
Then get your power sander out and get busy making it ugly. I think I took off at least 1/2 of the paint, maybe more.
I waxed it with CeCe Caldwell's Light Antiquing Wax and then 2 heavy coats of Minwax. I used Minwax for this because I wanted a very hard wax finish, and because I wanted to save my more expensive waxes for furniture and projects where I'm more particular about the wax.
After you have rubbed out your wax, you are all done!
Put it out on your porch and have a moment of thanks for Veterans of all ages.
Make something wonderful today!
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