Union Jack Trunk In American Paint

Union Jack In American Paint by Unique Junktique

What a trunk painted Union Jack with American Paint? 
oh "Never Mind The Bollocks!" Whats important here is how much I love this paint job.

I was just called out by a friend on using this term as a title for this piece, the term in this context actually translates into " Nevermind the nonsense " a perfect title depicting the oxymoron here of a British design done with the paint brand from the American Paint Co. Please note that it is meant as a quirky play on words, not to be taken in a foul mouthed or malicious manner. 
 I like the title... or maybe it should be called..... simply scandalous?  
What's your view on this?

I have been admiring Union Jack painted furniture for a while now, and found a vintage little trunk on one of my trips to a church rummage sale that just cried for this paint job. There he is hiding in the back... no he wasn't white but a light yellow, I just cant capture colors properly inside the house.

Thrift Finds

I recently paid a visit to my friend Jodi's new space at She's So Shabby, a local studio/shop to see the new color additions to the American Paint line, pick up some supplies,
  check out her new adorable Shaba -licious Studio Van. , and just have some good old girl gab.

Anyway lets get on to the project at hand shall we? Here is the trunk painted in Home Plate, with the design tape lines laid out:

Union Jack Taping Technique part 1

It took a bit of measuring, and figuring how I was going to wrap the lines over the edges of the piece, but not difficult.

Union Jack Taping Technique Part 2

And here he is decked out in Born On The Fourth, and Fireworks Red waiting to dry,

waiting for paint to dry

Now I could have left him a dapper fellow, all crisp and clean cut. But what girl doesn't fancy a gander at a gritty bad boy once in a while? I wanted this trunk worn like a well loved traveller.

distressing technique close up

Here you can just about make out some of that yellow peeking through the chippy layers and dark wax.

Union Jack  wrap around design technique part 1

And here are some detail shots of the British Flag wrap around.

Union Jack  wrap around design technique part 2

I just love the deep blue of this paint, would be a perfect color for something nautical, I can't wait to paint up something for the Fourth of July!

Hope you enjoyed this weeks workbench project...
And remember to "Make Everyday Your Masterpiece!"

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How To Repurpose An Ironing Board

How to repurpose a vintage ironing board by Unique Junktique

Repurposing old things most people regard as junk into something new and useful is one of my favorite things to do, you may have seen this great thrifty find on my Instagram feed as the before shot a few weeks ago, well here is what I did with it!

You would think this would be an easy peasy project, but it does require some special bits and pieces.This project did also call for the use of some power tools. First I removed the legs, then used a Dremel grinder with an easy lock cutting bit to remove the metal parts that were sticking out which would prevent the board from hanging flat against the wall. I enlisted dear hubby to help out with this step, I was a little leary about mucking up my new manicure!

To attach the Heritage blue Ball jars I grabbed some pipe clamps from Home Depot, I looked for the old fashioned kind with the holes already in them but I couldn't find them anywhere so I had to use these.. which were my only option. Problem is they are stainless and a real bugger to drill through without the right drill bits. Of course after getting home I realized that I had none on hand, dagnabbit! Isnt that the way it always happens? But lucky me my Dad owns a machine shop, so I just popped over there and had the holes drilled out for me on the drill press, YAY. I was sure to grab a heavy duty carbide a bit for next time while I was there too. Snip off the extra bit of clamp with some heavy duty Tin snips.

When using flat head screws, you will want a little cushion to protect the glass when tightening the clamp up against it, I didn't have any rubber washers on hand to I improvised with some thin gasket rubber I had lying around, and cut it down to size. Next you apply a metal washer to the opposite side, to prevent the nut from popping through the holes.

Finally I added some heavy duty picture hanger wire to the back, both vertically and horizontally so it can be hung either way, the jars can be easily adjusted just by loosening up the nuts, twisting them around in the proper direction and shes good to go! 

For the initial photo I chose candles, and used it as a votive display, but I rehung it over a window and will either put in battery  remote control candles or some long vined plants.

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 Rachel and I have both decided to transition the hop to create a more user friendly experience for all to attend. 

Salvaged Guitar Shelf

up cycled guitar shelf by uniquejunktique

I re purposed a warped guitar into this great little shelf and saved it from the landfill!