Old Glory ! Take Two....


This is how I spent my weekend. Painting a flag after I saw this...

This flag is from Pottery Barn and has had a special place in my heart for some time now. I did make one last year but it was with a scrap piece of wood and was made in minutes. I wanted to make another and spend some more time making it perfectly un-perfect!

I started out with a piece of pine from Lowes.

I drew lines where needed...

I also cut out 50..yes FIFTY stars just so I could move them around and place them in perfectly un-perfect places.

After stencling each and every 50 yes fifty stars I painted blue around each of them.

Red stripes added..

I then sanded, distressed, and stained with my favorite stain for that perfectly un-perfect look!

I know I started getting busy and was too pooped to take down my wreath...Im lazy like that!

Here is my stained hand allowing you to have an idea how large this sweet flag is!

So go forth and make yourself a flag and save yourself 129.99 that you would spend at other places.
xoxox Susie

67 comments:

  1. what a cute idea!! what kind of stain did you use???? it turned out so close to that PB flag!

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  2. You did an amazing job. I have a real flag hung in my sons room from my hubs first time over to the desert. His unit was the first in and rescues one of the hostages. It's amazing! Signatures and stars for those lost....It brings a tear to my eye everytime i see it. It's amazing how special a flag is. Awesome idea girl!

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  3. This is amazing! Good job!

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  4. Love it! What an undertaking. Very nice and I love your blog!

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  5. You were really busy. It looks excellent on your mantle even with the wreath. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Charla

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  6. OH AH I want one..., but I want ya to sign mine on the back right hand corner with a silver paint pen.

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  7. Just amazing. I have a love of PB as well, and have seen this flag many times. Yours is incredible. Want to share your favorite stain color?

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  8. I have thought about making a flag like that several times but have been too lazy! Yours turned out beautifully. Great job!

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  9. This is just beautiful. What a great job you did and at such a savings.

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  10. You are so good.
    It looks beautiful (even with the wreath still up).
    Enjoy your Monday.

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  11. I am loving your blog - the flag is awsome. I saw this in the Pottery Barn catalogue. Way to expensive for what it is. Great job, I like yours better.
    By the way... I am tagging you. Please list 6 things about yourself for us to get to know you better. Next choose at least three people of your choice to tag. All the best Lori
    www.whiteflowerfarmhouse.com

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  12. Susie, that flag is awesome!

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  13. Wow! Two thumbs up to you for even attempting a project like that. It looks amazing!! :) I love the way you "aged" it.

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  14. I love summer decorating and that's perfect! Great job.

    mandy

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  15. Nicely done! Looks like a lot of work, but totally worth it!

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  16. Lovely! I just did a "knock off" of one of their painted oars. Love it when you can make something and save yourself oodles!!

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  17. Beautiful job!! I know that it was a lot of work...those stars....but you did a great job and now you have a flag made with a lot of love...what could be better.

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  18. I BIG RED PUFFY HEART it! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Gonna have to save my pennies and get one from you! :)

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  19. Great job! That looked like soooo much work! I should have sent you my 6 year old girls to do the cutting for you...then it really would have been un-perfect!

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  20. what a fantastic job you did!

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  21. Susie~I have adored that flag in PB catalog, and I just have to say that you did an amazing job with this! Love it~

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  22. Thanks for the step by step - my BFF and I have a project that I know she'll love to take on!

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  23. Beautiful! I still would love a bird name sign!:) I went to see if you were still on Etsy and I can not find you.

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  24. WOW! You are amazing, I used to have the one from PB several years ago that I bought at the outlet, sold it at a garage sale for $10.00...dang it!! Great job!

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  25. It turned out great! I don't think I woulda had the guts to even conquer trying it.

    Your so very talented!

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  26. Looks great! We made one a few years ago and it hangs in my son's room. Love it still. :)

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  27. I too L.O.V.E. this flag 8 years ago it used to ONLY be a background prop in the PB catalog, so I made one too... I used yard sticks for the stripes... I still after all these years have it hanging, although now it hangs in my boys bedroom...
    Yours turned out amazing!!

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  28. Fantastic - you never cease to amaze me Susie - that is one cool flag.

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  29. It looks fantastic and WAY BETTER than the PB flag! I love it!

    Thank you for the tutorial. I think I'll give this one a try.

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  30. Oh I love it! Wish I had the patience to do it - thanks for the tutorial.

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  31. I was admiring that flag in the catalog just yesterday, and we all know I'm a huge fan of red, white & blue! But...I have no place large enough for that piece! You have the PERFEECT SPOT! And you did a wonderful job replicating the one in the catalog. You're patient and talented!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  32. Oh, Susie, that is so beautiful! I hope you sell a TON of them!

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  33. What a cool project, you did an amazing job Susie! I have a piece of bead board paneling that I've been thinking of "reinventing" into a flag, now I just might try it!

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  34. AnonymousJune 01, 2009

    Wow... I'm not sure I can make one look as wonderful as you did so I might have to buy one from you! :) I'm thinking it will be perfect in my "new" family room. My son was just deployed to Iraq so I think patriotic is the way to go!!!! How much would the shipping be to zip code 82410?
    Brenda
    pyramid@tctwest.net

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  35. OMG.... this is amazing..... I love it....

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  36. such talent! i love how no task is too big for you!!! you see and then create!!! Love it!!!!

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  37. I'm making one tomorrow! I LOOOVVVEEE IT!

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  38. So funny.. I was just pondering yesterday how to make one. Though I want the LoneStar flag. Thank you for sharing your "know-how".

    Love your blog!

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  39. WOW Susie that flag looks awesome! Are you going to sell them? Perfect for July 4th!!!

    Hey, I'm having a "I Love Summer" Party today...come by and participate!!

    Darlene

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  40. Very cute-just like something I would do

    Cheri
    www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

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  41. OhMyGosh Miz Susie! You've outdone yourself, I absolutely love Old Glory and yours is a beaut! Fab job Girlfriend!

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  42. Absolutley precious--just like you!! I may have to give it a try!! Thanks for a great idea!!

    Hugs,
    susan

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  43. Contact me abt a bird sign!:)

    frommyfrontporchtoyours@gmail.com

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  44. What a wonderful idea, thanks so much for sharing! I'll be linking to this.

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  45. That looks soooo great! I shall have to make one of those before July 4th!!!!!! It is amazing that you can make some stuff on the cheap when it sells for mucho $$$. Love it!

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  46. Wow, Susie, she is beautiful. I might have to make one of those or buy one from you before this deployment is over. I have a rather large project going on now that I can't wait to get your opinion on!!!

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  47. From one Pottery Barn fan to another....Simply gorgeous! I'd love to make one that looks half as good as yours!!

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  48. The flag looks great - you did a fantastic job! And now that my baby is just weeks away from going off to the US Naval Academy, perhaps I need to concoct my own flag to show how proud we are of his service to our country. Hmmm...

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  49. Pottery Barn always has the most fabulous accessories. I have to admit I too love to look at the catalog and swipe ideas. I have to say your flag turned out fabulous and looks just as good if not better than the PB one. I know I am definitley liking the price you were able to make it for.

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  50. I love you! You are so fun and do the cutest things. Thanks so much for sharing this. You almost have me inspired to make my own;)

    (Anjeanette of the Roots and Wings Co girls)

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  51. Wow...this looks incredible. So close to the PB version!

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  52. What a neat project. I love the worn glory look of your flag. Great job.

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  53. Oh, Susie... It's amazing (as usual)... But I have to ask, which is your favorite stain? Care to share? Your price is really quite affordable, but I'm afraid to ask what shipping would cost on such a substantial piece! So, I'll try to make my own! :)

    Christine

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  54. i LOVE this! please tell us what kind of stain you used! :) thank you!

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  55. LOVE IT!! Great job!! I bet you spend the next six months filling orders!

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  56. Hi Susie,
    You are so creative, and always inspire me!!! And what a tribute to our veterans and troops fighting for our country. God Bless America and you, too!!!!

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  57. Hey, Susie
    I was so inspired by your flag I wanted to try one of my own,, its a bit different but works for me. Thanks , I love your blog.

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  58. I saw this on One Pretty Thing and fell in love! My 16 month old son has this thing for flags. He has to point them out EVERYWHERE we go - and he can see them when no one else can! We wanted to get one that we could put in his room for him, but they are so expensive. You've inspired me to try to make my own - thank you!

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  59. I REALLY LOVE this flag!! So I can possibly attempt to get one that looks half as nice as yours, would you mind sharing more techical info? Like what your measurements were (wood, stripes, stars), what colors/paint and stain did you use? I like it more than the PB one!

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  60. Girl that is amazing PB ain't got nothing on you.. Its fabulous.

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  61. Hi! I went through your comments to see if you ever disclosed the name of your favorite stain and I couldn't find that you did... would you mind sharing it with me? I want to make one this weekend! Thanks!! jydardeau at bellsouth dot net

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  62. I found this flag while on Tip Junkie. It is Perfectly Imperfect. There are lots of painted flags out there right now, but yours is by far the best I've seen. You've got yourself a new follower!
    smiles from tx!

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  63. Oh my goodness, It looks just like the PB one! Will definately have to give this a try! Thank you for stopping by and thank you so much for sharing this with me!!! BTW,I absolutely adore my new sign, It's hanging right above my large kitchen window...I love it!! :)

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