Painted Garden Flag – Chalkboard Finish
The love of gardening is a seed once sown never dies. – Gertrude Jekyll
Over the last couple of years, we have been transforming our front yard. It’s gone from a high maintenance yard to one that is now pretty, manageable, and needs less water.
Now, I get to focus on some smaller details like porch decorations.
I purchased some clearance plants and used items we already had, to have a welcoming entry area.
I had this small garden flag that was a little faded and just not really the look I was going for. Now, I’m not sure if I was just tired of it or what, but it just looked dated.
My salvage blood kicked in and decided to try painting it, like when I painted those old boots.
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- Garden Flag
- Soft Fabric Paint, this is exactly what was used, Black and White
- Stencil, Adhesive Screen by Craftsmart (I got mine at Michaels with the coupon)
- Foam Brush for stenciling, like this one!
- Regular Foam Brush
- Fine Tip Paint Brush
- Old Sponge
- First, clean off the garden flag and let it dry.
- Apply the first coat of paint and let dry.
- Apply additional coats as needed, let dry.
- For a chalkboard finish background, use an old sponge and apply about 2/3 part black and 1/3 white squirted directly onto a damp old sponge and not mixed. It was wiped onto the garden flag in 2 applications.
- Apply the sticky stencil once you have the background you like.
- Next, gently dab on paint to stencil, or use a roller.
- Immediately remove stencil and clean as directed.
- With a fine paintbrush correct any parts that might need a little touch-up. Let dry.
And now, I love it. It was an easy way to update the flag, plus I can use the stencil for other projects.
Painted Garden Flag Notes:
- You can paint only one side and have the flag be reversible.
- It’s best if the flag is as flat as possible. I would have tried to iron mine first had I known how much the wrinkles show however the chalkboard look isn’t about perfection, and we know how I feel about the P word.
- Finally, I loved the sticky stencil, but you could use make your own stencil with a Cricut or Silhouette.