I have mentioned how much I LOVE this time of year because of the 4th of July. As much as I love beachy, calming tones most of the time- the red, white & blue color combo just makes my heart sing. Americana decor is something that I will be bringing into the new house more & more- but in subtle ways. Touches of the stars & stripes here & there throughout the house. So since I am in the process of paining furniture for the kids anyway – I decided to do a little wood craft & create this Patriotic Porch Art. It can decorate our new porch & bring happiness out there during this patriotic time of year. But I will probably also keep it displayed out in the house somewhere year round. It was super easy to make – the only time consuming part was waiting for the paint to dry between tape for each color.
I started with a scrap piece of plywood I picked up at the local scrap free for all. I used sample colors of Olympic in Burning Bush (red), Valspar in DuJour (off-white),Valspar in Indigo Cloth (blue) & Valspar in Belle Grove Buff (cream tone for the stars). I fell in love with these colors because they are in the traditional red, white & blue but sort of have a deeper tone- not true red, white & blue. So it automatically gives a slightly more vintage feel without me having to distress the board.
Depending on how I feel once we get moved & see how the rest of the decor comes along I may or may not distress this board. We already have a lot of antiques which we have always displayed in our home. Most of our decor is currently vintage, antique or rustic in description. We will be moving away from that in the new house because we have just been looking at these pieces for so long that we are ready for a new feel. Sooooo- we will be packing away many of our antiques & only displaying those things that still add to the mood we are after. Rather than putting everything out just because we have always put it out.
To make this – I taped off my stripes each at 4 inches wide. I painted white first- waited a day to dry before I taped it off & added the red. I waited another day before I taped off the blue stripe (again at 4″ wide) and I just waited until it was dry to the touch before using a little craft stencil to add the stars.
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