Inspired by the red, white and blue decor from last week’s blog, this past weekend I decided to create an American Flag Coffee Table.
1. I painted the base legs with a couple of coats of Heritage Blue Stain by General Finishes.
2. Sanded the scratched and worn top…I am not sure what the finish was, but it certainly made a powdery white mess! Thank goodness it is finally warm enough to use my mouse sander outdoors!
3. Once it was sanded and wiped clean, I taped it off. The American Flag is probably one of the simplest designs you can use-stars and stripes. Easy to do with painter’s tape and a stencil. The table was just the right size to have 13 2″ stripes, so I doubled up my rows of 1″ painter’s tape from top to bottom.
3. Painted the red stripes first, then allowed to dry completely…actually overnight. Because I knew I would be taping right on them and didn’t want to risk pulling the red paint off if it wasn’t completely dry. I used some homemade red chalk paint…need the recipe? Click here…
5. Using the same white from the stripes, I stenciled the stars onto the blue field. You could also use a star-shaped stamp as well. I just happened to have a whole bunch of different style star stencils…
7. Finished with 2 coats of General Finishes Natural Stain.
8. Voila! A Red, white and blue table-perfect for a nautical or Americana theme for your red, white and blue porch or family room!
So where is the table now? At the Barn at Todd Farm! Since I already have an American Flag Whale Table,
With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, I did a little online searching for some inspired red, white & blue home decorating ideas. These interiors are not all dotted with American flags, but they are just beautifully furnished spaces with a nod to our nation’s favorite color scheme…all photos via Houzz.com
Oh, this kitchen…if I ever have the chance to design another kitchen, this is the one…
and for my adjacent family room…
This room is simple and sweet with the American flag taking center stage.
This bedroom sitting area is the perfect spot for kicking back and picking up a good book over the long weekend…
What child wouldn’t delight in calling this home?
Nothing more American than patchwork and denim!
Sometimes you just need a few throw pillows…
In this kitchen the red, white and blue is a bit more subtle, using a softer gray-blue for the accent piece.
Keeping it simple and sweet with a painted fireplace mantel as headboard and some red throw pillows.
A fresh, modern take on an iconic color palette-switch up your royal blues with some aquas for a softer nautical feel.
Loving this red, white and blue bunk room for a cottage or cabin. Sweet dreams!
And finally, this simple rustic loft space…one oversized piece serves as the artwork and color palette inspiration.
For more inspired red, white and blue design, click on the Houzz.com link. But, wait! I couldn’t feature all of these inspired design photos without our very own porch featuring my red, white & blue whale table!
If you are contemplating making a design change in your home, consider the American flag colors for your decor. It has served as our country’s inspiration for generations, and will for years to come. Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend everyone! Susan
One Ocean Arts, the brainchild of our super-talented and artistic niece Jamie, is a retail shop in the heart of Bearskin Neck in Rockport. For those of you who do not know about Rockport, it is an iconic little seaside town about 50 minutes north of Boston, most famous for its “Motif #1″ fishing shack.
The entire downtown, including the enclave know as Bearskin Neck is dotted with art galleries, retail shops, ice cream parlors and candy shops with a spectacular ocean view-perfect for a Sunday summer stroll. A year ago, Jamie started her One Ocean Arts Etsy shop featuring sea-inspired block-printed clothing and accessories, then expanded to her website, One Ocean Arts, then offering her wares at local craft fairs and events. With the incredibly positive response (and repeat customers!) opening the shop with her business partner Erin
it looked like everyone was wearing a bit of One Ocean Arts…
it’s the third one down on the left as you enter Bearskin Neck…#6…and tell Jamie and Erin that Auntie Sue sent you!! And if you can’t get to Rockport, be sure to check out the website @ OneOceanArts.com Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone! Susan
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