Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Union Jack

I swore to myself I wouldn't paint a Union Jack. It's too "copycat." They are all over pinterest and blogland.

Union Jack Lips


Union Jack Chair


Union Jack Coffee Table


Union Jack Dresser



And a hundred other variations to put the Union Jack on...anything, really.

Enter the Lane Cedar Chest.


My mother in law found this Lane Cedar Chest and picked it up for me. These retail for between $120 and $225 used. New, they are between $400 and $800. Suffice it to say, they are high quality pieces of furniture that bring in a pretty penny.

I thought about what to do with it for a couple of weeks. White...safe. Paris Grey...safe. Stenciling...I'm kind-of sick of doing stenciled pieces. The shape was perfect for a Union Jack...but, I don't want to do a Union Jack...but they are all over the Internet and it's so popular.

I battled with myself for a few days and finally bit the bullet and decided to go for it.


I started with ASCP Aubusson over the entire piece.


Then I free-handed the red stripes with Emperor's Silk.


I taped off the red for the white stripes and added a red stripe to the front to carry the pattern onto the front of the cedar chest.


Then I distressed the whole piece and added a mix of clear wax and dark wax, and then hit it with dark wax in some spots.



This seemed to be the perfect piece to paint the British flag. It's big enough to make a statement, but still an accent piece and shouldn't dominate any one room.

Long live the Queen!

11 comments:

  1. I know what you mean, but I still sorta look for a piece that would work nicely for one! Your version is fantastic! I like how you carried that stripe to the front.

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  2. It looks great! I haven't gotten sick of them yet! I think furniture is the perfect place for the Union Jack flag!

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    1. Thank-you! I like them too, but it's hard for me to paint something that I couldn't imagine in my own house and I would never be able to get that to work with my decorating!

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  3. I really like it. I think it will probably be around for a while yet. It turned out great- xo Diana

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    1. Thank-you. I have a feeling you are right! I keep seeing them pop up all over the place!

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad it worked on the hope chest. I had a hard time deciding whether to "ruin" a Lane with something so dramatic.

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  5. It turned out great.Who cares if there are others in the world of blogs. It's very eye-catching.

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  6. so cool--i'm still in love with union jack designs even though they're more common--great job, yours looks great!

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  7. It looks great! I'm working on a UJ dresser for a little boy right now and while I feel that they are everywhere online as well, I've never seen one in anyone's actual home but mine. The chest was a perfect shape for it. Good call!

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