Reclaimed Wood British Flag Serving Tray

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.

British Motor Car Fest logo

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!).

British Flag Dresser plarge

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.

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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!






Join us for Holiday Preview 2015!

Please join us for the 14th Annual Bristol Holiday PreviewBristol’s night to shine!!! Follow the luminaries as you stroll, shop & dine joyously through Downtown Bristol from 5pm to 9 pm. This year the Holiday Preview will be held Friday & Saturday, November 20th and 21st with some businesses also offering extended Sunday hours. 

We are so excited to be celebrating our 5th year participating in this great Bristol tradition at Sea Rose Cottage (21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI).  We will be open for the Friday and Saturday festivities from 10am-9pm both days and closed on Sunday.


Sea Rose Cottage is also participating in Bristol’s 2015 Snowflake Raffle!  Shop local for the chance to win cash prizes.  During Holiday Preview Weekend, double Snowflake Raffle Tickets will be given for each $25.00 purchase at a local participating business starting at 5pm on Friday through the weekend.  Find out more about the Snowflake Raffle here.

Bristol Snowflake Raffle

The East Bay Chamber of Commerce is making it even easier to shop local this Saturday through sponsorship of a free Trolley with multiple stops in Bristol, Warren and Barrington from 11am-5pm!


For more information about the Holiday Shopping Express click here.


An added bonus?  Sea Rose Cottages work and wares were featured in the East Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Shopping Express segment on The Rhode Show!

Please join us in Bristol and the East Bay for a fun and festive weekend and Holiday Shopping Season!


Photo Credit: M.C. Lamarre


Off to Brimfield!

A reminder….we are off to Brimfield, Massachusetts  this week to participate in the Brimfield Antique Show.   Our show opens Wednesday and we will be there through Saturday and packing up on Sunday.

Please find us at the New England Motel Antique Market space 303.  Look for us on the right as you come through the main parking entrance, we are in the 2nd tent on the right.

Shop hours will be limited this week due to our participation in the show.  We will be open Monday from 9am-Noon and then Friday, May 17th from 10am – 5pm.  We will be closed on Saturday and resume normal business hours the following week.  Have a great week!  Hope to see you at the show.

Art Night Bristol Warren Thursday!

Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage this Thursday, November 29th as we host talented local artist Kathrine Lovell for Art Night Bristol Warren from 5-9pm.

Find more information about Art Night Bristol Warren and all participants here.  While you are in the Lower Hope Street/Constitution Street neighborhood, be sure to check out these locales and artists:

Artist – Kathrine Lovell
Sea Rose Cottage, 21 Constitution St., Bristol –

Artist – Kathrine Lovell is a fine artist and a decorative painter. Lovell’s fine paintings are ethereal layers of paint, pattern, and color, combined with nature forms such as plants, flowers, animals and most often, birds. Pattern and geometric form are representative of her selfawareness within the natural landscape.  Learn more about Kathrine from my earlier post.

Artists Wendy Gladding, and Maryanne Ziegler
Robin Jenkins Antiques, 278 Hope St., Bristol –Artists Wendy Gladding, and Maryanne Ziegler Introduce Ruffies and Reindeer – A jewelry collection highlighting beautiful designs from around the world.

Alta Luna Gallery (Upstairs from Green River Silver Company), 297 Hope Street, 2nd Floor, Opening  Reception and Live Music from 6 to 9 pm: “Harvest ~~ Celebration”, a juried exhibit of regional artists (all media); Live Music by Blues Guitarist, Ross Robinson. Refreshments will be served.

Painter Blayney Norton
Kate & Co, 301 Hope St., Bristol – is featuring the work of T. Blayney Norton, painter, who also creates painted signs and furniture. Norton has been selling her work in the Rhode Island area for over 20 years, and also sells on Martha’s Vineyard, and in the Caribbean on islands St. John, Cooper Islands and St. Barths. And here at Kate & Co.!


Artist Kendra Ferreira
Angelina’s Coffee, 301 Hope St., Bristol –Reception for Kendra Ferreira, an artist who creates the most amazing colored pencil drawings and works in other mediums.

 Hope to see you there!




November Workshops Posted!

We have added 2 workshops for November!

Restyle Your Furnishings Workshop with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan

*Sunday, November 18th from 10am – 2pm

*Tuesday, November 27th from 10am – 2pm

Photo Courtesy of Christopher Blake

Come learn how to use this versatile decorative paint to bring new life to your old furnishings and achieve beautiful finishes.  In this 4 hour workshop you will learn how to use Annie Sloan paint and waxes and will execute 6 finishes on 5 sample boards.

Photo Courtesy of Sue Owens. Note: Sample surfaces vary.

Please follow this link to learn more and to register.

Hope to see you there!

Off to Brimfield! Shop closed Friday & Saturday 5/11 & 5/12

We are heading out to the Brimfield Antiques Show!  The shop is closed this Friday and Saturday May 11th & 12th.  Please visit us at the New England Motel & Antiques Market, 303 A & B from Wed-Sat May 9th -12th.  Contact information at the show (Tel: 401-297-7232).  Learn more about the Brimfield Show here .  Hope to see you there and happy hunting!!

New Workshops Posted at Sea Rose Cottage!

New workshops have been posted at Sea Rose Cottage.  Register now to learn how to restore and restyle your own vintage treasures with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM)!  No need to bring your furniture, all the supplies and sample surfaces will be provided in this fun and lively workshop.  Class size is limited to 6 participants, spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Photo by Christopher Drake

What will you learn?  For a full workshop description follow the “Register now” link above.  I’m also linking to Chris Glynn (Tuttichic) and Danielle Driscoll’s (Finding Silver Pennies) blog posts about their workshop experience at Sea Rose Cottage.   These very talented ladies captured their experience much better than I ever could with a workshop description.  While you are there, check out their wonderful work!

Paint in the Garden Workshops this weekend!

In celebration of spring and Bristol’s Daffodil Days, Sea Rose Cottage is hosting fun and informal Paint in the Garden Workshops.

Workshops will be held from 10am-Noon and from 2-4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 13th -15th at Sea Rose Cottage in Bristol.  The shop will be open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm (including during scheduled workshop sessions).

Workshops are limited to 6 participants each ($50 workshop fee includes all materials).  Walk-ins welcome!   Learn how to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for exterior applications while painting a French inspired garden plaque.  I will answer any questions you have about using Annie Sloan products and also do demonstrations on how to use the clear and dark wax for interior surfaces.

Call or email to reserve your space ( or 401-254-1166) or just drop on in!  Make it a day and enjoy Spring in Bristol and all the fun Daffodil Days activities!

Win a free ticket to Annie Sloan-Boston!

I am  happy to announce a special Sea Rose Cottage Giveaway!  Enter here to win a free ticket to attend Annie Sloan’s Boston Tour Event!  There will be two winners.  Each ticket is valued at $350.  Annie’s Boston Tour Stop will be held at the  Sheraton Boston Hotel on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 .  Many fun activities are planned for the day–learn more  about it here.

No purchase is necessary to enter.  Just visit SOCO Magazine‘s website to check out their March Cover issue and view the short clip featuring Annie Sloan at her Oxford Shop.   Name one of the colors featured on Annie’s painted chest of drawers and leave your answer by commenting on this post.  If you are correct you will receive 1 entry.  For another entry, visit my Facebook page (you must “Like” the page if you haven’t done so already) and post the comment “Annie Sloan Boston” on  the Giveaway link.

Winners will be chosen Friday, March 2nd at 5pm and notified immediately.

Hope to see you at Annie Sloan’s Boston Tour Event on April 2nd!  Good luck!

Get your pink on in time for Valentine’s Day!

Get your pink on with Annie Sloan’s 2012 American Tour!


Annie’s newest color Antoinette--a soft pale pink–is being introduced as the 2012 Tour Color to show support for the fight against breast cancer.  A portion of the tour proceeds will go to breast cancer research.  Additionally, for each quart of Antoinette purchased this year, Davis Paint will donate $1 toward the cause!

Now Annie Sloan Unfolded is sharing the love with a special Valentine’s incentive.  All registrants for Annie Sloan’s 8-city American tour that REGISTER before 11:59 pm Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2012) will be entered into a drawing for their tour location.  One registrant from each stop will be selected to receive 29 FREE quarts of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint valued at over $1,000 (1 of every color if they choose).   This means 8 lucky winners!!!!!!!!

Time to do something sweet for yourself (or a loved one) for Valentine’s Day and register now for Annie’s 2012 tour and a chance at the Giveaway!  Enjoy a hands on workshop with Annie and a fun filled creative day–you deserve it!   Hope to see you at the Sheraton Boston on April 2, 2012 for Annie’s local tour stop.

Sea Rose Cottage  is pleased to announce that Antoinette is now available for purchase in quart sizes

Price: $36.95 Coming Soon

Go pink and help spread the word!