I Caught A Bit Of British Invasion Bug!

I caught a bit of British invasion inspiration and decided to add a Union Jack Cross of St. George to a little table we had kicking around.

I loved the inspiration I was seeing on pillows and dressers in blogland, and since my dad's family originated in England and our Ontario flag has the Union Jack on it, I thought it would be a fun thing to try.

This is the first piece I have waxed and I love the results. I'm also enjoying the hits of colour added to our freshly painted white living room.The shutter was $5 at a yard sale and will soon be painted and that mirror propped in the corner is a work in progress.

I used BM Ocean Spray as the base coat with a light top coat of denim blue. The Cross of St. George was done in craft paints. I distressed it fairly heavily to fade the flag and let the pine show through. 


My plan with the taping didn't quite work out, but I think it hints at the Union Flag.

Before: a little IKEA stool used as a nightstand with our oldest son's first bedroom set 12 years ago.

Two shades of leftover paint, some craft paint stripes, sanding and wax paste and I now have a cute little table in our living room. The only new purchase was the paste finishing wax, $9.99 at Home Hardware.

We have had rain, rain and more rain all week and it is supposed to continue so I'm really struggling with the lighting on these dark days. At least I have my little table to brighten things up a bit.

I'm also linking to Primitive and Proper Piece of Work Wednesday!


  1. I love what you've done with the little table - perfectly done! Thanks for sharing that with us. I'm "following" you now and look forward to more visits!

    Mary @ Redo 101

  2. I love what you did with the table, Elizabeth.

  3. Love it!!! Very creative. It turned out very nice.


  4. I love it! You are so brave...I am always afraid of screwing up things like that..I am a horrible painter! I love your freshly painted living room as well Elizabeth! Angie xo

  5. A very understated and yet beautiful way to bring a bit of the Union Jack into your home. I love the white and blues of your living room with the dark furniture. Looks great! Best wishes, Tammy

  6. Great job! I love the way it's so suttle. Perfect colors too..
    rain rain go away~KarenSue

  7. Now that is a great accent piece!
    Thanks for the lovely blog comment, Elizabeth!

  8. GREAT job! Great choice of colors!
    Have a pretty day!

  9. wow, that turned out GREAT!!!!

  10. Much better! Just the right amount of distressing, and great color choices.

  11. I love your table. It turned out great.

  12. What skill! I'm impressed/jealous of the patience straight lines and patterns involve:)

    Also with people who show restraint in distressing - I tend to go overboard . . .

  13. I so want to do a project like this soon. I am not looking forward to making straight lines and lining up all the tape. Lots of work -- Great Job!

  14. i love the worn almost barely visible look of it- very cool!

  15. I love this table! The worn finish is beautiful! I'm loving Union Jack right now, but I haven't tried it on anything yet.


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