I was looking for a fun way to mark the occassion of the 2nd Annual British Motorcar Festival coming to Bristol, Rhode Island June 9-12th, 2016.
It has been a long time since I painted my British Flag Dresser (tutorial here) and while it was possible to repeat it, I resisted in favor of doing something on a much smaller scale (and less time consuming of course!).
Luckily I have some reclaimed wood boards that were salvaged from 1920′s era voting booths. I thought they would be the perfect surface for art work, painted signs–or in this case a painted serving tray adorned with a British Flag design.
The sturdy boards measure 26 1/2″ by 19″, and have 1 1/4″ tongue and groove breadboard ends. I found the original patent which showed the boards were used as a writing surface. They clipped on to a 3-panel surround to secure the voting booth and the privacy of the user.
The first step was removing the metal clips from the board and then cleaning up the surface. I chose not to fill in any holes or scratches and keep the character of the original piece.
My starting point was to paint the entire board with white–thinned a bit with water so it wasn’t so opaque and revealed a bit of the wood surface underneath.
Since I plan to make multiples of this project, I decided to order a custom British Flag Stencil rather than taping off the stripes as I did with my painted dresser. Follow the link to my tutorial for taping off the flag design here.
After the white paint was dry, I affixed the stencil to the board with blue painters tape. I first stenciled the red cross of St. George (England) and then the red diagonal stripes representing the cross of St. Patrick (Ireland).
After the red paint was dry I stenciled in the blue sections. The blue ground color with the white diagonal stripes form the cross of St. Andrew (Scotland).
Once all the paint was dry, I sealed the surface with clear soft wax.
For my project I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Pure White, Emperor’s Silk, and Napoleonic Blue. It was finished with Annie Sloan’s Clear Chalk Paint® Wax.
After the surface was painted and waxed, I attached some brass handles to the board for easy transport. The handles were centered horizontally and vertically on the breadboard ends.
For decorative appeal and protection brass corners were added to the tray. Self-stick felt pads were attached to the four corners on the bottom of the tray to prevent scratches over solid services.
The tray is quite weighty and would be great to use over an ottoman or a picnic blanket to create a stable surface.
No doubt a festive addition to any celebration of all things British—
—especially the 2nd Annual British Motorcar Festival in Bristol, Rhode Island. Hope to see you there!