Tuesday, April 20, 2010

DIY with kayce hughes

Kayce Hughes needs no introduction. If you haven't taken the time to look at her blog or her clothing line, you are missing out. She is an amazing wife, mother, designer, and someone I am happy to call friend.

I was thrilled when Melodie asked me to be a guest blogger for pink cupcake vintage. She thought you would like something about my home. With the sunny skies and perfect temperatures we have had lately I have moved to our screened porch. I thought I would share how we made the big flag (5 feet by 37inches) over the mantel. I think it would look equally wonderful inside or instead you could make it a union jack.

1.We went to home depot and had 4 1x10 pine boards cut all 5 feet long.
(The more knot holes the better)

2. On a flat surface lay them side by side. Use 3 1x4¹s to hold the boards
together. These can be nailed or screwed it. The big boards are horizontal and the 1x4¹s are vertical.

3. Sand the edges of the flag.

4. Draw your outline (stripes etc.) in pencil on the wood

5. Prime the front and sides of the flag with orange shellac. This should
dry in about an hour. (This will make the wood a little darker. If you want the wood to be really dark you could stain it first and then seal with the orange shellac)

6. Paint the front of the flag with crackle medium. Follow the instructions
on the can. When it is dry you paint on your red, white and blue. The variations in brush strokes and thickness of paint will give you different effects. Enjoy the process and don't worry how it is looking. We are going for rustic here. You might want to do the red and let it dry before doing the white. You don't want to have the wet colors touch each other.

7. When the blue is dry you can add the white stars. I did mine free hand
but you could also try a stencil.

8. When it has been dry for a day you can add a layer of paste wax made for
dark furniture. Follow the directions on the can. But basiclly you add a thin layer with an old cloth, let it dry for 20 min and then polish.

9. If you need a different size just use smaller or less boards.

10. Happy Painting.


Jennifer Lynette said...

Amazing! Can't wait to try it!

bluehydrangea said...

Kayce, love the flag!!

tada! shop said...

we love seeing kayce's home and her creativity is fantastic. we just had her as a guest editor, talking about her clothing line. not only do we admire her as a designer but as a mother of 7!

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