This is the evolution of a unique Patriotic door sign that no one else has! It’s certainly true that I find holiday-related items at thrift stores well before or after the actual holiday. I found this in February at my favorite thrift store for $2.99.
July 4th was a long way off. It’s a wonder I bought it…I hated the color, and I didn’t like the middle portion at all. Give me bright red, white, and blue!! The only thing I liked about it was the raised metal swirly designs on the ends. I planned to repurpose it into my version, whatever that was.
I asked the hubby to put eye screws along the bottom edge. I’m afraid I’m pretty hopeless with tools like drills, saws and things. He helps me a lot, but I’m the one that comes up with the ideas. Some are good; and some….well, you know….I envy those DIY bloggers who are so adept at all those power tools! Me and a saw? Well, let’s just say, I’m scared I would end up in the ER with a bloody hand and a missing finger.
I remember a few years ago, hubby warned me matter-of-factly that our big power saw didn’t have a safety. I expressed concern over his using such an old machine. “Oh, you have to know what you’re doing,” he said glibly. Shortly after, I came home from an errand, only to find the-hubby-who-can-fix-anything, and who knows how to use all our power tools was desperately nursing a nearly severed thumb. The doc in the ER had to sew it to the the fingernail because there was very little left to sew it to. Did I mention that he passes out easily? Did I mention that he passes out when I’m having my blood drawn? This was a real experience I can tell you! All that to say, you can see why I’m a little nervous about saws.
As I said, I hated the middle part. Nice sentiment, but it looked faded, and “manufactured,” if that makes sense. I would have liked to remove it, but I couldn’t see a way to do it without tearing up the sign completely. I had to come up with another idea.
Down to the basement to experiment with paint. “We’ll just paint over it,” I said to myself. Scrounging around my paint stash, I triumphantly emerged with bright red paint. Trying to tone down the blue with a little white dry brush, I highlighted the metal swirly designs too. A good start. Then I began with red in the middle. It should have worked, but I didn’t like it.
OK, change gears. I scrounged around and found some really blue, blue. More like a really bright royal blue…not my first choice on shade, but it would have to do. This cheapskate will make it work!
Meanwhile I carried out the rest of the plan. I thought it would be cute to hang red and blue pallet wood from the sign. I had the chain, the eye screws, the pallet wood, and the paint. I planned to stencil star shapes on the pallet and paint them white.
I laboriously painted the stars, and a new message over the solid blue in the middle. I was afraid of clashing blues, but I think it’s OK. If it is, too bad….it doesn’t bother me. Here is the finished result hanging on our front door. I love it, even though it bangs around when you go in and out the door. A small price to pay for a unique Patriotic door sign that no one else has!
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