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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Union Jack Dresser

my union jack finished my union jack 3
Inspired by Miss Mustard Seed’s creation, I decided to try painting a Union Jack design on a dresser I found while on vacation (free).  Yes!  I pilfered this dresser while on vacation in Seagrove, FL.  Our next door neighbors were moving out and left tons of goodies for the trash man.  I asked permission of course and then recruited my friends to help walk it over to our porch.  We used it as a beach towel rack while we were there.  The rental folks and our other neighbor even stopped by because they thought we were taking it from the house!  What a laugh we all had.
dresser as towel rack solitude house seagrove beach
This was our rental house in Seagrove Beach.  Highly recommend it!  Quietude House by Garrett Realty.  This pic below was also the inspiration for my Union Jack dresser.  I love the gold leaf trim.  This Union Jack dresser is listed for sale on Etsy for only $2, if you're in the DC area, it's available for pickup!
union jack w gold trim my union jack 2
It was a little challenging because my dresser was a little curvy.  The lines aren’t perfect, but I wanted it to look vintage and distressed.  What do you think?  I taped off the design (eye-balling it and using a yard stick – because i don’t have a projector).  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Aubusson Blue and Emperor’s Silk (which i mixed with a little Graphite).  I left the white spaces unpainted (the original color of the dresser).  I added a little gold leafing around the edges, then waxed with clear and dark.  I sanded it a little around the edges, but wished I hadn’t afterwards.  It looked great as it was.  I still have to add the knobs – i can’t decide if i want to spray them gold or put gold leafing on them.
my union jack 9 my union jack 7
The above pics were the prepping before the paint (taping the design only – no other prep work on the dresser it self – that’s the perks of chalk paint!), and then before the gold leafing and waxes.  And yes, I paint in my kitchen…my friends tease me all the time.
my union jack 1 my union jack 2
The finished Union Jack with hardware!! YAY!!
my union jack finished 2
It was fun and took me about two 1/2 days to complete, while I was stuck at home sick with an upper respiratory infection. 
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When I added my finished pics of the Union Jack and resaved the post, I accidentally deleted all the linky parties I joined...I tried to remember them all, but if I forgot yours, please forgive me! I don't know what happened!!!

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  1. Oh Jennifer this is beautiful! I really love it! Did you have any problems with staining? You have a great eye! I wish I could find some great trash like this!

  2. I seriously LOVE this!! I like your version better!!!

  3. Wow Jennifer, this is beautiful. I'm really wanting a Union Jack dresser too but can't find the right piece yet. Yours is perfect. I'm stopping by from Savvy Southern Style : )

  4. that turned out beautifully! the shape is so cool!

  5. Your Union Jack Dresser turned out great. What a nice paint technique! Can't wait to see it with the knobs on.

  6. hope you are feeling better--this is fabulous! want it!

    visiting via truesday's treasures and want to share thislink to my giveaway just in case you're a lover of shabby chic like me:



  7. This looks absolutely fantastic. So wanting to try a Union Jack out somewhere. Thank you for sharing! Visiting from Primp.

    ps I have a linky party that I host every Friday that runs through the weekend. I would love it if you could stop by and link up. Thanks!

  8. Great job! That seems like a huge undertaking but you certainly made it beautiful.
    Fran @
    (Your neighbor at Three Boys Linky party)

  9. Oh how fun, it looks fabulous!

  10. Absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Wow you did a fantastic job! Those lines are perfect. And I love the aged look of the white in the stripes.

  12. Great job! Love that inspiration piece too.

  13. great job--that's a lot of work, but well worth it! Thanks for sharing this week at Primp.

  14. This may be my favorite Union Jack dresser that I've seen ... makes sense on this one, because the center drawer already had molding that perfectly makes it the horizontal stripe! Great colors, too!!


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