Corrugated Tin Flag


7-DSCN6491A little Americana from the junk pile.

1-DSCN6474My son was cleaning up some stuff beside the garage today, so I had to check out what treasures he was unearthing. This piece of corrugated tin was just one of the treasures that had the wheels turning in my head. It was already the perfect size. No cutting needed. If you are interested, the tin was 6 1/2 inches wide (5 rows of bumps) by 33 inches long.

2-DSCN6476I really wanted to make something quick and easy to use as a Fourth of July decoration. I got out red, white and blue spray paint and just went for it. I lightly sprayed one side with the white spray paint. “Lightly” was the name of the game for this project. You will notice all of my pictures look a bit fuzzy. Actually, it is the paint that is fuzzy. I didn’t want the colors to be solid and crisp. Yep, it’s probably an acquired taste, but I think it gave the flag a rustic appearance.

3-DSCN6480I cut a 5 1/2 inch star on my Cricut and placed it on the left-hand end of the tin, positioning it a 1/2 inch from the long edges and the end. I placed a sheet of newspaper over the tin, 1/2 inch to the right of the star. The newspaper masked everything to the right of the star. I lightly sprayed blue paint over the star.

4-DSCN6484See where I’m going with this?

5-DSCN6486I then cut 1-inch-wide strips of paper and placed them over the second and fourth vertical bumps, then covered the blue field with more newspaper.

6-DSCN6488Red paint was sprayed over the paper strips to create the stripes.

7-DSCN6491Small holes were drilled 4 inches from each end and about a 1/2 inch from the top long edge. I attached rusty wire through the holes for the flag’s hanger. A little raffia and I was finished in less than an hour.


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Quick Patriotic Tutes

Are you ready for a relaxing holiday weekend with family and friends?

With that in mind, I decided to post the links to a few of my patriotic tutorials.

Have fun and enjoy!

Primitive Applique Flag Pillows-Mini

Sew Patriotic Coasters From Scrap Fabric

Primitive Star Bowl Fillers

Sew a Chenille Flag Throw Pillow-Long

Sew Patriotic Favor Bags

Blue Jean Independence Day Banner

Transform a Book Into a Flag Decoration

Primitive Fabric Summer Bowl Fillers

Have a great weekend!

The Country/Western Star

I think this table would be perfect in country, ranch or cabin decor. Yippee ki-yay!

Country/Western Table

I found the table at an auction. One of the curly handles was missing. Nobody wanted it, so the auctioneer offered it to me. Hey, don’t judge me! It was free! As I was toting it to my car, I noticed something on the ground. It was the missing handle. Yep, it was meant to be.

I reattached the handle, added numerous screws that were missing and used wood filler to fill in and smooth out a multitude of problems. Once the structure of the table was repaired, the transformation was ready to begin.

I sanded the table…and sanded the table…and sanded the table. Have I ever mentioned how much I despise sanding?

I had this barn red paint I was excited to try. My son thought it was funny that I was painting a brown table red, when a couple of weeks ago I painted a red chair brown. What? Hey kid, this is technical stuff!

I liked it, but it needed more something, something. I stenciled several white stars of differing sizes on the table’s top. Feeling a bit quirky, I clustered them all together and off center.

Time for aging. Yes, it was old looking when I started, but my way allows it to look old gracefully. I sanded the painted surface. I don’t mind this kind of sanding. It’s usually pretty quick. Once cleaned up, I applied a light brown paint-stain.

And she’s done!

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3-D Blue Jean Star-Tutorial

This star worked up into a charming country decor accessory. It’s humble beginnings come from a cardboard 3-D star from the Dollar Tree and blue jeans I recycled from my closet. You can find the tutorial here.

3-D Blue Jean Star

Labor Day Weekend Junk Finds

My husband and I stumbled onto a fantastic “yard” sale. It was actually in the parking lot of a liquor store. Our town doesn’t allow liquor sales on Sunday, so the owners of the store waited until Sunday for their yard sale. They had two large storage units they were emptying, so the trucks just kept coming. We went back several times, and there was always something new. A large part of their success was their extremely low prices.




I restyle junk to resell, so this was heaven for me. Many of the things I purchased I wouldn’t exactly call junk finds. They were fine as is,  but I will still add my special touch to them.

One of the items I purchased isn’t in the pictures. It was an above-stove microwave. Ours kicked the bucket about two years ago. This particular appliance is kind of pricey, so it wasn’t in our budget to replace right away. The microwave I found at the sale was $15. That isn’t a typo. It was $15! SOLD!!! WooHoo!!

Check out the pink shelf. It also has a hanger on the bottom for a quilt. Adorable! $2
This wire angel was $1. It stands about three feet tall.

This iron candle holder was $2. This one will require effortless transformation. I plan to paint it a shabby chic white and add glass tea light holders.

My husband and I make benches from headboards and foot boards. This set was $2. I know, right? I absolutely could not pass them up.

The metal reindeer and sleigh will also require minimal transformation. I’m thinking shabby chic white (yes, I love that style), a pine wreath around the deer’s neck and a wreath on the sleigh. I will probably top them off with bows. Too cute!

These urns/pots/vases are as beautiful in person as they are in photos. They were 50-75 cents a piece. The metal is very heavy. I love the colors of them. I am not sure what I will do with them as a transformation. They are perfect already.

This $2 cabinet and $1 shelf may be difficult to part with. I want them. Hmmm…we’ll see.

I bought this box to use with a special order for a bride-to-be. The bride had given me a smaller paper mache box to make a card box. I have been waffling on how I wanted to do it. My sticking point was the box she gave me just didn’t seem big enough to insert several cards. There didn’t seem to be enough angle and drop. I am going to make the card box two-tiered with a hole between the tiers, so the cards will drop into the larger bottom box. I love it when I can marry my finds with projects in progress!

This angel is so cute. ($1) It’s a wire similar to chicken wire. I love it, but it practically disappeared in the photo.

This bench is about three feet long. Just needs the screws tightened. It was $3.