While shopping, I often notice many Union Jack and London designs that look hot! It seems that this is a big trend for 2012. I’ve just recently decorated (last year), so I’m not prepared to spend a lot of money on buying new furniture with the Union Jack motif on it, but it would be nice to refinish one of my side tables in a Union Jack design. I want to make sure that I do it right so that I don’t wreck my table. Do you have a quick and easy step-by-step project for a London side table?
I’ve been following the London trend like white on rice! My obsession started when I ran into two beautiful fire truck red traditional chairs that were sporting the Union Jack pattern on both the back and arms. It was love at first sight and I had to have them.
I had them shipped from halfway across the country in preparation for a segment for CTV. On a sunny Friday morning, the phone rang. It was the shipping company. The truck carrying the shipment had been in an accident! My heart stopped. “How are the chairs?” I inquired in a quivering voice. The dispatcher sighed, “They didn’t make it”. At that moment, I swallowed what felt like my heart. It was the death of my Union Jack chairs.
After a few days of mourning, I picked myself up by my bootstraps. I decided take my passion for Union Jack into my own hands and a vision for a table was born.
My vision became a reality when I took an ordinary side table and turned it into a London-inspired dream.
The following supplies are required for this Union Jack Side Table Project.
– Chrome Paint
– Black semi-gloss paint
– White semi-gloss paint
– Golden scrapbook distress ink
– Brown scrapbook distress ink
– Painter’s tape
– Paint brush
The Side Table Before:
The Side Table After:
Sand the table. Paint the legs chrome and the table’s surface black. Wait until the paint dries before continuing to the next step.
Create the Union Jack logo with painter’s tape. Paint the small side triangles using white and the cross using black.
Once the paint dries, distress the Union Jack pattern using scrapbook ink. Apply sporadic layers of black, brown and gold distress ink to the edges of the pattern.
Distress the legs using a scraper. Scratch all of the table edges to create wear and tear. Scrape the paint in a vertical fashion.
Distress the legs using scrapbook ink. Use a sponge to blend the inks together. Tip: There is no rhyme or reason as to how to apply the ink. Simply layer the colours in a natural manner.
The Union Jack table is born and the piece is ready to integrate into your home design.