A Flag Stool Makeover & Other Patriotic Decor Ideas

June 19, 2022

Photo of a plain wooden stool from Goodwill.
This plain wooden stool was a Goodwill find from last summer.  As I am joining a patriotic decor blog party with my friends in the Thrift Store Decor Team, I gave the stool a flag makeover.  

Keep scrolling to the bottom of this post to see more featured patriotic recipes, projects and decorating ideas!

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Photo of the top of a wooden stool being painted in dark gray.
After washing down the stool, and giving it a light scuff sanding with 220 sandpaper, I painted just the top with Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Gravel Road.

Photo of a penny tile stencil from Old Sign Stencils.
Next, I pulled out my new Penny Tile stencil from Old Sign Stencils.  Penny Tile is a two part stencil, that joins several other fun new pattern stencils from Old Sign Stencils including Farmhouse Quilt, Retro Star, Retro Star LargePenny TileBarn Quilt Star, Pallet Stamps, Stitches, and Cable Knit.

*Old Sign Stencils has provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

Photo of a tissue paper pattern for a penny tile flag design.
I then laid the penny tile stencil over a sheet of tissue paper and tried to diagram a US flag.

Photo of a penny tile stencil taped onto the top of a painted stool.
I then centered and taped the stencil onto stool top.

Photo of a flag pattern being used with a penny tile stencil.
I laid the tissue paper flag on top of the stencil.

Photo of penny tile stencil colors marked with chalk.
I marked the red stripe rows with pink chalk.

Photo of a penny tile flag pattern with red stripes.
I marked blue squares with blue chalk.

Then, I pounced on the red stripes using Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red, the white stripes with Fusion in Raw Silk, and Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue.

Photo of a penny tile flag pattern with blue square on the left top.
I thought that Bunker Hill Blue turned out too dark with my Gravel Road (grout lines).

Photo of blue flag stenciled penny tile with star stencil on top.
I pounced over the dark blue tiles with Decoart Ceramcoat in Fountain Blue,  I was much happier with this shade of blue.

I then used my Mini Christmas Stars stencil from Old Sign Stencils to add little stars to the blue tiles.  I really liked the addition of the stars.

Photo of penny tile flag patterned wooden stool.
I stenciled the remaining top of the stool with more tiles to frame out the flag pattern.  I used Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Caviar.

Photo of penny tile flag patterned wooden stool.
The rest of the stool was also painted in Caviar, and I sealed the paint and stencils with Painter's Touch Clear Matte Spray.  

I applied two coats, but if it were to used outdoors I would spray the stool with several more coats.

Photo of penny tile flag patterned wooden stool.
I really like the way my little stool turned out.

Photo of penny tile flag patterned wooden stool.
If you like Americana decor, the stool could be used all year long.

Photo of penny tile flag patterned wooden stool.

Photo of penny tile flag patterned wooden stool.
I think I will have to try this stencil out again, now that I have the hang of it.

Photo of penny tile flag patterned wooden stool.
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Now on to more featured patriotic projects, recipes and decorating ideas from my blogland friends!
Photo of brass chandelier repurposed as a patriotic decoration.
Upcycled Patriotic Brass Chandelier from Petticoat Junktion

Photo of a flag cross stitched on a can table top.
American Flag Cross Stitch Chair Frame from Sadie Seasongoods

Photo of patriotic marshmellow pop treats.
American Flag Marshmallow Pop Treat Recipe from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Photo of summer porch patriotic decor ideas.
Patriotic Vintage Summer Porch Decorating Ideas from House of Hawthornes

Photo of a burlap patriotic table runner idea.
Make Patriotic Burlap Table Runner with this idea from Domestically Speaking.

Photo of a fence picket rustic flag.
Repurposed Rustic Picket Fence Flag Idea from My Repurposed Life

Photo of a red white and blue Jello Dessert idea.

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