Sunday, August 19, 2012

Another Union Jack

My " picker " friend ( Dorothy - my competition actually ) took me to a favourite place of hers today -
and btw who does that?  Who takes their competition along with them to pick?  Unheard of and incredibly generous on her part - and I bought this for 10.00!!!
Now we're talking - don't have a clue when I'll be able to finish it because I'm actually drowning in piece to do - but I couldn't walk away from it at that price - just wasn't physically able to do it - even though I promised John that I would wait before purchasing any new pieces

Did I mention it was only 10.00?
I purchased a dresser that you are going to go nuts when you see - I promise you - if you're not already nuts
( and most of you are as nuts as I am already - this I know by now, lol ) than you will become stark raving mad.
AND I bought a dining table - and all 3 items came to the grand total of 100.00 - UNBELIEVABLE!!!
I took my camera so I could share photos with y'all ( I think I'm becoming a southern belle ) but I was so busy doing cartwheels I completely forgot I had it with me.

And remember the little bench I got for 5.00?

Well after a little bit of tape - and a little bit of stencilling - and a little bit of paint - and a whole lot of patience
it looks like this.  When I finally got to take a good look at it I realized it was an Ikea piece - and because I am now officially a furniture SNOB I kind of held up my nose and thought Oh - it's Ikea - what am I going to do with this -
Now pls keep in mind I used to live in Ikea - was there all the time - never gave real wood a moment's thought - I'm such a turncoat really, lol

Anyway because it was Ikea I thought I'd better do something a little extra special with it and came up with this - I know a lot of people out there must be sick of seeing them but I don't think I'll ever tire of it - I just love the Union Jack -
We'll see if it sells - if it doesn't it won't be the first time I sand everything off and start over ( won't even tell you how often I've done that - it's embarrassing really )  There were so many ideas crammed in my head on this one I just grabbed one of them and went with it.

I used graphite - paris gray and pure white - and left it pristine - no sanding or distressing on this one.
The Stencils come from the Dollar Store - and they're pretty incredible because they stick on to the surface which is such a plus - if you ever see them in your neck of the woods - BUY THEM - they look like this
you just peel off the protective paper on the back - don't mind the condition of them - I've used the same ones for more projects than I can remember - and I don't use a stencil brush - I always use a foam brush - which I used to buy at Home Depot and have now discovered my dollar store carries them as well - I think I got 5 of them for 1.00 - can you see my little union jack printed out lol -
oops this is the one from Home Depot - but the dollar one is the same except the handle is plastic -
And you can wash them out for a long time before it's rendered useless -

I added stripes to the legs for a little extra something something - not sure if I should have -

Ok - have to go now - my inbox is loaded with comments that I haven't had time to respond to yet -

In the meantime Keep Calm and Carry on - great words to live by


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  1. How cute I'm sure it will sell love love the color choice great job

  2. Soooo...You lied to the old boy again, did you? Well, we are gonna have a lot of blackmail fodder here. Love that chair- I would have bought it, too. Your table turned out great. Ikea or not- it's great!!!! Do you know I have NEVER been to IKEA? There is not one anywhere around us. Have a nice night. Tell me- Where DID you hide that chair so John didn't see it? By his side of the bed? xo Diana

  3. Uh-oh.....Diana's called you out, Suzan! Beware!!! lolol! Love your UJ bench, girlie! GREAT job on it -- crazy or not! And what? No conversation about it...????? hehehe!

    xoxo laurie

  4. I like Ikea for their accessories and their cool lights. I have never purchased any furniture from there although I love my butcher block countertop we got there. It is solid wood and super tough. Is the bench pretty sturdy? I like the paint job and I like union jacks so i think it was a great choice.

  5. Can't wait to see what you do with the top chair. I found a very similar one a while back for about the same price (maybe $15, I'm not sure). The fabric is yucky green velvet though, and there's fabric on the back too, but it's really well upholstered so I was thinking I might paint the fabric with ASCP. Love the way the bench turned out, even if it's "just Ikea"! (Hey, even the best designers are not afraid of including a little bit of Ikea in their work! Ikea does have some cool stuff!)

    Is Dollarama the dollar store where you bought your stencils?

  6. Wow! I love the Union Jack bench and the colours you chose are so soothing... I'm your new follower, so I'll be able to see what you do with the chair!

  7. from one wood snob to another...yeap before saying I will buy on Craigs list, I say I will buy once I inspect...amazin how many people think pressed wood is rocked this girl...I really like and thanks for hint on the stencils.

  8. Loving the union jack bench - can't wait to see what you do with your chair! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  9. I love it and I never get tired of seeing the Union Jack design... anywhere... in any color... in any design! :o)


  10. OO I love what you have done with the bench. It looks incredible, like it'd be worth 10x what you paid for it! I love it and your painting is so neat and lovely. Well done!

  11. Great finds. The bench looks great. Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog. I have followed you back :)

  12. What great finds! I was at a yard sale and there were four beautiful wooden chairs in excellent shape for $15.00 each and I thought of you - lol! You could have made them spectacular. Your little bench is so cute it would look so good in my back porch :)

  13. That Union Jack table is the best that I have seen, and I like the stripes on the legs.
    Audrey Z
    Timeless Treasures

  14. Ooh, cute project idea. My DD loves anything British.

  15. I love it! If I lived near you, I'd definitely buy it for my son's new big boy room! Great idea. Isn't it fun to sort of feel the courage to go bold on pieces that you don't necessarily LOVE at first? Sometimes, that's where you get your best stuff!

  16. Super cute! I hope it sells!

  17. LOVE this! What a great idea!!!

  18. looks fabulous and i love that you put the wording on it, too!

  19. Too cute to tire of it for sure! Love the Union Jack and the saying. Can't wait to see the chair after you have worked your magic. Happy to be following you now!
    p.s. I have a link party, share Your Cup Thursday. Would love to have you share sometime!

  20. Well done! Just a beautiful little project! So nice that you came by!

  21. Came over from DIY. I have been searching for a chair like that! There are some fellow dealers I share with if they play pretty and share with me! I was sick of my Union Jack collection since I stuck to the red theme. This is more "calming" so I think I can carry on! Your inbox is stuffed with comments because you are so creative!

  22. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  23. Oh wow it's amazing! You totally upcycled that Ikea table to something fab!
    Haha I have the same "snobby" issues with Ikea. BUT sometimes it still works- like in this case!

  24. I am so, SO jealous of that chair! GRRR! I love you too much to hate you though. Good on ya. :-)


  25. I to love the Union Jack pieces and yours looks great!

  26. So cute! My daughter loves anything with Union Jack on it! I'd love for you to share this at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at It's every Tuesday through Sunday. Hope you can stop by!

  27. Replies
    1. No reply blogger!
      Thanks so much for stopping by - and for liking my makeover!

  28. What a clever rethinking of the Union Jack--I like the more subtle colors that you selected. It's lovely!

    1. No reply blogger!
      Thanks so much Athena - I've seen some do them in pinks - it's a great flag to paint in any color combo, right?

  29. Gorgeous!! I love that you combined the quote with the union jack :)

  30. Even though it's's adorable! Great job. You're inspiring me to do my own union jack now!

    1. No reply blogger!
      Thanks so much Kristen - go for it!!!! ( I never tire of them )

  31. Cute table! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! :)

  32. this is one of my favorite union jack inspired pieces I've seen online in a while!! What a great way to take it to the next level!

    1. No reply blogger!
      Thanks so much Crys - wow what a compliment
      Have a great wknd!

  33. So cute! You know we're a fan of anything "Keep Calm" :o)

    Thanks for linking up @ Keep Calm & Link Up! Can't wait to see what you come up with next week!

  34. So cute, Suzan! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday! Hoping you will make it a weekly or regular party stop!

  35. Very cool! I'm not normally a union jack person, but I love this! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring this on Sunday. Enjoy your weekend!
    Jenn :)

  36. Great job! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday hop xo

  37. That's awesome! And definitely great words to live by!

  38. Very cute and clever!
    Love that!
    Thanks for linking up this week to the Creative Inspirations Linky Party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  39. Fun coffee table. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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