I wanted to have my FIRST EVER giveaway on the blog… and why not on the 4th of July?! I got all of my inspiration from Caitlin over at The Picket Fence Projects. She took an old pallet and turned it into an American flag. I loved it and wanted to recreate it… but make it my own as well!
Just a funny little note. I had to travel for work today and I may have seen 1,000 of these bad boys on people’s front porch or leaning against their mailbox. How dare they copy off of me 🙂
I can get free pallets all day long from J.C.; they get them at work. I had him bring me home a few and they’ve been sitting outside at our old house for… well… months. Ooppsss. But as soon as I thought of this little DIY, I went over and picked one up. I brought it home and the first thing I did was sand it down a little bit with my Octo. That step is very important for two reasons: 1) to make sure there aren’t any splinters and 2) it helps the paint “stick” better.
Here’s all the supplies I used and what it looked like before I got started… and I’ll apologize in advance for some of these grainy photos. I did a lot of my work at night, which is bad for pics.
And this is after I sanded it down.
I’m not really sure you can tell a difference, but it’s the thought that counts. Right? Anyways, the next step was to prime it. As before, I primed it for two reasons. 1) I could use less of my colored paint, which is generally more expensive than primer and 2) I wanted to sand it down a little bit after I painted it so that the white would show thru. I used this primer from Rust-oleum. It took a whole can for the pallet.
I NEVER NEVER EVER use spray paint without using that little gun thingy. It’s essential. It keeps the paint from looking bad. It’s also very cheap, like $2.00… and it will last until you break it or lose it 🙂 Tip: Make sure that your spray gun thingy is lined up correctly, like the picture below.
And here it is primed! 1 step down, a few more to go.
Next up, I brought it inside and taped it off to paint the white stripes.
See where I already painted the white stripes on the far right? Here it is with ALL (but one) of the white stripes painted… and it’s upside down.
At this point, it seems kind of boring, but just wait… it gets SO much better.
See what I mean? It’s actually starting to look like a flag. The thing is, it still doesn’t have any blue or any stars. Let’s bust out the blue paint baby!
We’re getting closer. FYI- I had to use two coats of white and red paint but only one coat of blue.
As you saw in the first picture, I picked up a package of stencils. They only cost a couple bucks in the craft section at Wal-Mart. There were three different star sizes and I ended up using the largest one. I wanted to do the “correct” number of stars on the flag, but it just wouldn’t have worked. I mean no disrespect to our country by only using 12.
I “punched” the star out and duct taped the star to the pallet.
Now we’re talking… but I’m not done just yet. I am not the type of girl that loves perfect. At this point, it was just too perfect and needed a little “ruffin’ up.” Enter Martha Stewart’s Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee. I used this on many projects in our previous home and it worked like a charm every time.
Here’s the deal. This stuff is kind of tricky. I don’t actually use a paint brush when I work with this glaze. I use two rags: one to apply the paint and a wet rag to wipe off excess. It takes VERY little glaze. Don’t be heavy handed.
Rub it in with the rag and make sure to cover all of the surface areas. If you over do it, just take your wet rag and blend. Tip: Having a Coke nearby is a good idea.
Here it is with the far right row glazed. It’s hard to see a difference, but you’ll see in a minute.
After I applied the glaze to the whole thing, I took my wet rag and “scuffed up” the stars to make them look worn. It turned out SO great! Are you ready to see it?
These last two really show the details!
Well, do you like it? If you do, you are probably wondering how to get your paws on this puppy. There are two ways to receive an entry. Leave a comment below telling me where you would display this in your home. To earn an extra entry, go like my Facebook page- R Squared Interiors, then come back here and tell me that you “liked” it. If you’ve already liked it, just leave me a separate comment below. The deadline to enter is midnight on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014. I’ll announce the winner Wednesday!