I purchased this Americana primitive style flag sign about 6 years ago at a local craft shop. It had been placed on clearance for $8. I incorporated it for several years in my outdoor 4th of July decorating and I also used it indoors for Americana/patriotic vignettes.
I haven't used the sign for a couple of years now and I had considered selling it, when inspiration struck to "makeover" the sign. The back was stained and rather rustic looking, and I decided to use the back for my new design. If you can't find a pre-made sign like I did, you can cut five 2 1/2" x 44" x 1" boards and attach them with two cross boards nailed into all five boards.
I painted the back of the sign with two very thin coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. I sanded the piece with 220 grit sandpaper and a wood block.
I recently received a complimentary stencil from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors blog to share with my readers. If you haven't checked out Donna's Old Sign Stencils line, by all means click the link and see the whole line, along with Donna's clever signs and decor created with stencils.
Besides the flag sign, I used a Hormel American Cheese crate purchased at the thrift shop for $2.
Also vintage clothespins from the thrift shop.
The little Hormel cheese crate was attached to the top of the sign with screws and washers, and filled with the clothespins.
I also attached a saw tooth hanger to the back of my sign to hang it on the wall.
I know I am going to keep my new sign for the laundry room but haven't decided exactly where to put it. I also like it propped up against the wall because the clothespins and cheese box are easier to see than when its hanging on the wall or a door.
A new life for an old sign!
On Saturday, October 22nd, I hung the laundry sign on this wall in my laundry room.