With Memorial Day just days away, I’ve been feeling quite patriotic.

Time to bring out Old Glory and start working on some red-white-and-blue projects.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

Like this Stars and Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray I first shared on the DecoArt blog.

In case you missed it, here’s how easy it is to transform an unfinished wooden tray with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint.

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Supplies:

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes American Flag Serving Tray

Instructions:

Begin by painting the entire tray with two coats of Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

When the paint has dried, use a ruler to mark off 13 horizontal stripes on the tray.

Mask alternating stripes off with painter’s tape, keeping in mind that the top stripe on the American flag is red.

On the left side of your tray, mask off the area for your stars, keeping in mind that the bottom of it should line up with the bottom of the seventh stripe (a red stripe). Be sure to press down the tape to seal around the edges.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

Using a chip brush, apply two coats of Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Rouge.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

Before the second coat of red paint has dried, carefully remove the painter’s tape to reveal the alternating red and white stripes on your flag.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

Allow the red paint to dry completely, then apply painter’s tape around the area where your blue-and-white field of stars will be.

Apply 50 foil star stickers. Your first row will have six stars, your second row will have five stars, your third row will have six stars… and so forth.

You will have five rows with six stars and four rows with five stars, staggered and alternating, for a total of 50 stars. Use the photo above or an American flag to ensure accurate placement.

Press down on the stars to seal the edges.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

Using your chip brush, apply two coats of American Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Legacy over the foil stars. Brush in one direction to prevent paint from seeping under the stickers.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

Normally, it’s best to remove stencils and painter’s tape before the paint has dried completely. But for this project, I recommend waiting for the blue paint to dry before removing the stars so you don’t smudge them.

Using your fingers or tweezers with a fine point, carefully peel away the star stickers.

You may need to use an artist’s paintbrush, dipped in Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting, to touch up your stars and any areas where you may have smudged the other paint colors.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

Distress lightly with a sanding block, being careful not to let the red sanding dust bleed into the white painted areas. Gently blow or brush away the dust. Use the wax brush to apply a coat of American Decor Creme Wax in clear to the entire surface of the tray. Allow to dry and buff with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

To give your handpainted tray an antiqued, vintage look, apply a light coat of Americana Decor Creme Wax in Deep Brown. Wipe away and buff.

Chalky Finish Stars & Stripes Vintage American Flag Serving Tray

I think this project is a great way to show your patriotism. It’s perfect for Memorial Day and Fourth of July decorating and entertaining.

Here are a few of my other favorite patriotic projects:

Easy DIY Patriotic Bunting: Make one in 5 minutes or less!

Patriotic Bunting

Easy Sew American Flag Pillow

DIY American Flag Pillow

Tea-Stained Vintage American Flags Centerpiece

Vintage Tea-Stained American Flags



Comments

  1. i love that tray and all of your patriotic ideas!

  2. Oh wow I love these great ideas!! I love being patriotic and to do arts and crafts with my little girls so these ideas are great!!! I will have to try them!

  3. This tray is just perfect for all those wonderful summer holidays. Love your bunting also. Thank you for sharing your tutorial at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  4. Your tray is charming and your tutorial is easy enough to follow that no one has an excuse not to give it a try. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

  5. Love this tray and all of your American decor. What fun for the Patriotic season! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we love partying with you! Hope to see you next Friday. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai
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  6. So festive and pretty! Love how it turned out! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday! Feel free to bring a friend :)

  7. I wish it wo0uld look like that if I tried it! Thanks for posting. Hello from A Little Bird Told Me.

  8. Your tray turned out so good! I honestly don’t know if I ever would have thought of using foil stickers for the stars – perfect! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded! Featuring you this week :)

  9. Your tray is beautiful and ALL of your patriotic ideas are just over the top FANTASTIC!

  10. This is GORGEOUS Amy!

  11. Love all your Americana Patriotic Inspiration. Hope to see you at the party!
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