How To Paint Union Jack


Hey everybody…here’s a fun (but can be somewhat stressful) project for you to try at home.  A client brought me this cute little dresser and requested I paint the Union Jack Flag on the front.  “No problem”  I said.  Whew, I really didn’t know what I was up for.  I’ve always wanted to give this a try but I would suggest that if you’d like to try your hand at it, use a flat surface for your first go around.  Measuring and taping on curves definitely made this project more challenging.  Everything always seems to turn out in the end though, no matter how difficult.  That’s the beauty of paint.  If there’s a mistake, it can be easily be fixed with a little more paint!

SAM_4919Here’s what she originally looked like before I got my hands on her!

SAM_4938The first thing I did was give her two coats of paint in grey.

SAM_5030Then placed her on her back to begin measuring and taping.  I tried out Edge Lock Blue Tape for the first time and I gotta say, I LOVED it!

SAM_5033After taping the large portion of the flag I painted it with Behr Reflecting Pool.

SAM_5035I removed the tape immediately and I had perfect straight lines!  Whoohoo!  So far so good!

SAM_5037I repeated this process to paint the off shoots.  Still looking good, right?

SAM_5042Next I had to figure out how to paint the inner stripes.  I used the tape as my guide and placed it on the inside edge of my blue lines on one side and had to do some measuring on the other sides since they needed to be off center.  Kind of confusing I know.   I’m going to try this again someday and take even more detailed photos.  If you’re like me, pictures say 1000 words.

SAM_5046I mixed a little yellow acrylic craft paint into some vintage white to make up the lighter stripes.  Now, I have a confession to make.  I would LOVE to say it came out perfect the first time but that just isn’t the case unfortunately.  My center stripe was a little wavy so I had to touch up a bit by using tape and a little more paint.  I know now that it is better to follow your straight lines all the way through with the tape then to try and just measure to be exact.  It’s easier to go back and fill in where the tape overlaps then  to stop and start your tape lines trying to make them match up.

SAM_5080The original pulls are so sweet and I really like how they lay at an angle.

SAM_5078A close up!

SAM_5076I just slightly distressed the edges and used a mixture of clear and dark wax to age and protect.

SAM_5077Even the inside of the drawers are pretty.

SAM_5074Having a little fun with the camera now, don’t get dizzy!

SAM_5068My client did a great job choosing the color pallet.  It looks so fresh.


SAM_5062Well, there ya have it!  Again, if you ever have any questions please feel free to contact me.  I’m always happy to help!

Blessings ~ Judy

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  1. Hello! A project that I have in my head for some time .. sooner or later be able to do it for my son como! Your beautiful! congratulations!

    • Thank you so much! It was a challenging project but well worth it! I look forward to doing it again sometime soon! Have a fabulous weekend! Blessings ~ Judy

  2. JaneEllen says:

    Great job, it looks so nice now, looks very professional. Love the handles. About the only thing I might have done differently is painted the handles a brushed nickel to go with the gray/blue a bit more. But that’s me, I seem to have a thing about brass, not liking it that is. So glad to see how a professional did this kind of treatment. I’d have so idea how to start out.
    Hope it’s not too hot down there yet. I used to live in Tucson years ago so I know how hot it gets, phewy. It’s hot here in very western CO also but the wind blows alot out where we live so it keeps it decent at least. Just anchor down anything you don’t want moving, lol. Happy Summer

    • Thanks JaneEllen! That’s funny that you say that about the pulls on this dresser. I’m getting ready to start on another project and just bought some silver hammered spray paint for the pulls. I used to feel the same as you about brass but the more I get into the whole vintage look, the more I’m kinda liking it. 🙂

      It’s 108 degrees here today. Next week will be above 110 everyday. My husband says we’re not going to leave the house. lol

  3. Good job. I must say the Union Jack is much trickier than the American flag. I’ve gotta be in the right state of mind to do one : )

    • Oh yeah! Totally know what you mean. I want to do it again though…only this time on a flat surface! 🙂

  4. So darn cute and the color choices are new and refreshing. It’s spectacular.

    • Thanks so much Dawn! It’s fun to change things up a bit. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Blessings ~ Judy

  5. Love it! Nice job!

    • Thanks Vicki. It was a tricky one! I really appreciate you stopping by! Have a great weekend! Hugs ~ Judy

  6. You are so talented! Love all the makeovers. Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning. I will be following you as well!

    • Oh…thank you so much!!! I really appreciate you stopping by and following along! Have a blessed weekend. ~ Judy

  7. This looks great. I totally feel your pain with the curves. I just did one with serious curves. Not an easy task. Great job Judy!

    • Thanks so much Lori…so glad I’m not the only one!!! 🙂 I really appreciate you stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! HUGS ~ Judy

  8. What a beautiful job you did–I just love it!

    • Thanks so much Sandy, that’s very sweet of you! So glad you stopped by! Have a fabulous weekend!!! ~ Judy

  9. Interesting info on the Brit flag and how I learned it Years ago when Torrance (CA) did a float for the Rose parade with a British theme. At the end they had to write a letter of apology to the Queen…seems they “flew” the flowered version of the flag upside down! The Brits designed their flag so their soldiers/people would know if it was upside down – when they were conquering the world and would lose a fort but the enemy would make it look like it was still brit occupied by using captured brits – the prisoners would hang the flag upside down.
    How do you tell – well watch the THICK lines positions around the flag – you nailed yours! Just thought you might enjoy that story…
    And why can’t I ever find those great dressers – love when the are more dimensional! Your work is suburb – love following your blog!

    • WOW…I didn’t know all that! Thank you so much for sharing this with me and I’m glad I got it right. Now I’ll know for the future just to make sure, I would hate to have to start all over again! lol Thanks for all your sweet compliments and I’m so glad you are following along! HUGS ~ Judy

  10. Looks great, Judy. I recently did a piano bench with a Union Jack – wanted to try it on something “safe” before tackling the dresser in the garage waiting for it’s flag finish. I’m happy with how mine turned out too. It’s a lot of work to do the taping, but so worth the effort. Love the beachy colours!!

    • Thanks so much Heather!!! Yes…it’s very time consuming but now that I’ve done it, I’m ready to do it again now that I’ve learned all the tricks! 🙂 Your piano bench sounds adorable!!! Have a great week! ~ Judy

  11. This is really impressive. I would have to draw the design out a hundred times to get it to this point. Love the colors chosen for the chest.

    • Thanks Donna! It’s always exciting to have a happy client! She also re-sales her pieces and this one sold right away for her. I’m working on several more pieces for her right now! Whoohoo! Have a great weekend! Blessings ~ Judy

  12. I love the way this turned out and the colors are really pretty. Those angled drawer pulls are really neat too!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

    • Thanks so much Katie!!! I really appreciate your kind words. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Hugs ~ Judy

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