Thursday, July 2, 2015

Grand Old Rustic Flag

I've had the urge to create a big old rustic flag for the last couple of years.  I've seen so many clever and creative ideas on Pinterest, but I kept putting the idea on the back burner because I just couldn't find something large enough and junky enough for what I had in mind.

rustic flag with starfish
I finally found something!


Before:
Repurposed country yard sale junk
I found this old thing at a country yard sale about two months ago. I'm not too sure what it was originally used for, but I saw my flag opportunity and grabbed it before someone else noticed the same potential. It took me longer to clean and stabilize this thing than it did to complete the entire project.

rustic flag repurposed DIY
When I received a sample box of Fusion Mineral Paint products to try out, I knew the Champlain, Fort York Red, and Liberty Blue would be perfect for turning this ugly duckling into a grand old rustic flag. The Fort York Red was a little bright for this rustic flag, so I mixed in a very small amount of Liberty Blue to tone it down. 

repurposed upcycled DIY rustic flag with starfish
My first thought was to stencil stars along the four blue slats, but I was in the mood for something a little different.  It looks like driftwood to me.

rustic repurposed flag Fusion Mineral Paint and starfish
Starfish to the rescue!  I used a little E6000 glue to attach them to the boards.

rustic wood flag with starfish upcycled and repurposed
No priming was necessary to get solid coverage even on this dark and very dried up wood.  What a time saver!  After the Fusion Mineral Paint dried, I used 60 grit sandpaper to soften the edges.

DIY upcycled rustic flag with starfish
Better late than never, right?

~~~ Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July celebration ~~~


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22 comments:

  1. Old Glory never looked better! I don't what the original wood thingy was but it sure must feel proud now. Great project! Let Freedom Ring!!!

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  2. That turned out amazing. Love it! Happy 4th!

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  3. Que tudo Betsy,parabéns.Beijo.Valéria.

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  4. Betsy,
    It looks outstanding and I really like how you used some starfish for the stars. Happy 4th to you too!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. The starfish stars!!!! I 'eek'-ed again! You are the coolest, Betsy. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  6. I like the idea using the star fish as the stars - great project!

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  7. WOW! Patience really pays off, you found the perfect canvas for your vision! The starfish add that je ne sais quoi, and make me want to have a beach house just so I could hang it there! Have a happy and safe 4th, Betsy.
    xoKathleen

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  8. This flag turned out great, Betsy! I love your starfish stars! That was a clever and so pretty idea!!
    Happy 4th of July!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  9. Looks beautiful Betsy. Happy 4th.
    Kris

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  10. Love, Love and Love it! The starfish are perfect!

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  11. Oh, so perfect! I love this beachy flag! The colors are just right! Happy 4th, Betsy!

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  12. Love this and the starfish are the icing!

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  13. Oh my mercy Betsy! I in am love with this! Thanks for sharing this. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  14. Another brilliant idea, Betsy.
    Hope you had a wonderful 4th.
    Amalia
    xo

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  15. Very clever, Betsy -- and very Fourth!

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  16. It's never too late for the Red White and Blue!

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  17. Brilliant execution, Betsy! I also love how easy this is, and know first hand how wonderful working with Fusion Mineral Paint is. Love it! Featuring this on Party Junk this weekend. :)

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  18. The star fish are pure genius....From a genius...Love it!

    Carol

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  19. Your creativity knows no bounds! I've always wanted a red, white, and blue room. This would be the inspiration piece. Thanks for sharing!

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