|The lovely Belinda!|
We had an old Ikea cabinet that we were using for cookbooks, ribbons and all sorts of random things. I really didn't care about the piece at all, but since we can always use storage space I decided to give it a makeover. Which, truthfully, makes me sound much more crafty than I am. As though my first thought about any tired thing is to pull out the paint (like Kendra!) ... I wish.
Being from Australia, we definitely have a connection to the United Kingdom. We drink a lot of tea, put the letter "U" in everything and the Union Jack still features prominently on our flag. I had seen some fantastic pieces boldly featuring the Union Jack, but typically in the traditional red, white and blue. Since our house is little, I wasn't sure that kind of statement piece had a home with us just yet. I decided to use a combination of neutrals and metallics instead.
I used a primer that I already had and then I used a combination of three additional colours, plus the metallic at the end. I can't recall the name now, but the metallic I really liked only came in a pint and cost more than the cabinet itself so I ended up using a small pot of Martha Stewart's metallic Golden Pearl. My initial plan was to use a metallic that was very close to the main colour, so that the flag was just a contrast in texture with a shimmer to it. The metallic I used ended up being bolder than I had planned.
I used painter's tape to create the Union Jack shape. Since our cabinet is taller than it is wide, I didn't want to take the diagonals all the way to the corners, since that would skew the shape of the Union Jack. Instead, I ran the vertical line all the way down the doors and then kept the rest of the flag in proportion.
I then painted the main colour, which was a high gloss cream. I removed the tape and painted the stripes in a lighter cream, and then once those had dried, I re-taped it to paint the metallics. There is no doubt an easier way to do this ... I just didn't think of it!
It now sits happily in our bedroom. I think my Dad thought I was about to hand in my citizenship after I had painted the cabinet with the Union Jack while simultaneously adding British soap to our bathroom and putting both of my children in clothes featuring the British flag. I think it was the effect of the Olympics - plus the Queen of England is the Queen of Australia ... and when I'm trying to teach my three year old manners, I regularly ask her "what would the Queen say if she came for tea!?" It's practically Downton Abbey around here :)
|I decided to use pretty glass knobs from Anthropologie ($8 each) because I think fancy knobs can make anything better.|
Doesn't it look amazing!! Love how soft and cozy this room is. Oh (since I needed to know) the art over the bed is a Polly Ngale that Belinda bought in Australia several years ago. Love it!
Thank you Belinda for sharing!!
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